Health in the Media

This blog looks at health issues in the news

Archive for the month “March, 2012”

Can Depression Lead To Low Grades?

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Given the debilitating effect depression can have on a sufferer, it’s not surprising that it can effect every area of a person’s life. It can distort  how you see yourself, your life, and those around you. Sufferers of depression can see things in a more negative light than non-sufferers and sometimes are often find it difficult to see the positive in a situation and focus on the negatives. The symptoms can range from difficulty concentrating to thoughts of suicide and death. Sometimes the depression can be so severe that the person many suffer psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusion. The Counselling and Personal Development Service at DCU  provides a professional and completely confidential service, which is available to all registered DCU students free of charge. Health in the media spoke with a counselor from the Department about the benefits of seeing a counselor.

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What are the Dangers of Overuse of Antibiotics? via Flickr

The issue of overuse of antibiotics has raised it’s head again today. “Things as common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee could once again kill,” according to Director General Dr. Margaret Chan of the World Health Organisation. She added that, “”Some sophisticated interventions, like hip replacements, organ transplants, cancer chemotherapy, and care of preterm infants, would become far more difficult or even too dangerous to undertake,” she warned.” Antibiotics were first used in the 1940s and are no doubt one of the biggest advances in medicine with regard to helping heal infections. However the over-prescription of the pills  has resulted in the development of resistant bacteria- bacteria which used to be treatable with antibiotics but no longer respond to them. There’s also the risk of side-effects (especially on children) to consider which include stomach upset, diarrhea and even possible allergic reactions.

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Where are you getting your diet advice?

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There’s no doubt that getting advice on how to lose weight from advice columns  has become a regular occurrence with pages dedicated to diet  in most magazines. However it seems people are now beginning to put their trust in “ask the expert” sections for more serious issues. Questionable advice from “experts” advising people they’ve never met to cut out entire food groups which can do more good than harm, especially in children. A survey about food intolerance which was done last week found that 12 million people in Britain say they are intolerant to at least one food with  wheat, sugar, yeast and dairy product being blamed most often. However most of the people who took part in the survey had not being formally diagnosed and studies done prior to the survey found the number of sufferers to be at about  2 per cent of the population.

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