Don’t dodge your vital vitamin D

Medical Matters Vitamin D has been catapulted into a ‘hotspot’ of discussion in the field of nutritional health science over the last decade. There are now nearly 100,000 published peer reviewed studies on the topic of “vitamin D’ and over 1,000 specifically related to vitamin D and Covid. So what’s our understanding of vitamin D…

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The facts of Covid-19

Medical Matters Nearly one in five people or just over 1.25 million have tested PCR positive for Covid in Ireland since the pandemic began. With hundreds of thousands more infected but not officially tested the proportion of the population that have escaped Covid may be a lot smaller than many would have anticipated. The death…

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The future of the Covid booster dose

Medical Matters This month figures show that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland has surpassed 400,000 since the pandemic began. The death toll due to the coronovirus now stands at more than 5,000 of which about 75% occurred in those aged over 75. In fact, half of all deaths…

Safe alcohol levels depend on the person

Medical Matters Reducing alcohol consumption in Ireland has become an important public health policy that has received much recent attention. A report conducted by the Health Research Board in 2013 showed that more than half (54.3%) of drinkers aged 18-75 in Ireland were classified as harmful drinkers, with approximately two fifths (37.3%) practising binge drinking…