IPH news

29 Apr 2016 | News

The Department of Health today (29 April 2016) published a report entitled - An assessment of the economic cost of smoking in Ireland. The study was carried out for the Department of Health by ICF International. The purpose of this study is to contribute to the evidence base of tobacco consumption and its effects in Ireland, to help support the implementation of the recommendations made in The Tobacco Free Ireland report (2013).

28 Apr 2016 | News

The Royal College of Physicians (UK) recently published a report, ‘Nicotine without smoke: tobacco harm reduction’, on the science, public policy, regulation and ethics surrounding e-cigarettes and other non-tobacco sources of nicotine.

7 Apr 2016 | News

On World Health Day 2016 European health consortium JA-CHRODIS has launched a new policy brief highlighting the need to step up measures in prevention and treatment of diabetes.The CHRODIS diabetes policy brief examines a selection of National Diabetes Plans (NDPs) across Europe and highlights potential areas for the exchange of good practices in the areas of prevention and treatment.

29 Mar 2016 | News

IPH Chief Executive Owen Metcalfe retired from his post in March 2016. The staff and board of IPH would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Metcalfe for his work within the organisation, his contribution to public health and wish him well in his retirement. Dr Elizabeth Mitchell has been appointed Chief Executive.

29 Mar 2016 | News

On 22 March 2016, Elizabeth Mitchell, IPH Chief Executive, as Chair of the Belfast Food Network, accepted a prestigious Sustainable Food Cities award which recognises the work of the Network to address issues including obesity and diet-related ill-health to climate change and biodiversity loss to declining prosperity and social inequalities.

21 Mar 2016 | News

The 5th annual Northern Ireland Stroke Conference takes place on Tuesday 17 May at La Mon Hotel & Country Club, Castlereagh, Belfast. The event will feature discussion on the future and modernisation of health structure in Northern Ireland from a stroke care perspective; with an address from Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer, together with experts in service development, rehabilitation, as well as service user representatives.

16 Mar 2016 | News

The 12th Annual Meeting and 7th Conference of HEPA (European network for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity) will take place at Queen’s University Belfast 28-30 September 2016.

15 Mar 2016 | News

A new pan-European WHO survey of schoolchildren reveals that the proportion of 15-year-olds who first smoked at the age of 13 has fallen significantly since 2010. The report goes on, however, to warn that while 80% of respondents report generally high rates of life satisfaction, differences between genders and socioeconomic status are adversely affecting many young people's health, well-being and lifestyle choices at a critical stage in their development.

9 Mar 2016 | News

On Tuesday 08 March 2016 The Public Health Agency (PHA) launched three new research studies which aim to reduce suicide and parental alcohol misuse. The studies are part of the PHA’s Research and Development (R&D) Division’s commissioned programmes and were carried out by researchers in the Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Ulster University and at Queen’s University Belfast.

8 Mar 2016 | News

Loneliness can have a significant impact on the physical and mental health of older people and is of increasing concern for public health says a new report from the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH). The research suggests that approximately 10% of older people are affected by chronic or persistent loneliness. It also finds that loneliness amongst older people may be linked to depression, increased nursing home admission, decreased quality of life and cognitive decline.

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