Press Releases

5 Jun 2012 | News

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) has today – following last week’s World No Tobacco Day – published new research which suggests that by 2020 the number of adults in the Republic of Ireland with diagnosed chronic breathing problems – otherwise known as chronic airflow obstruction (CAO) – is expected to increase to 101,000 from 82,000 in 2010.

17 May 2012 | News

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) has published new research which suggests that by 2020 the number of adults aged 18+ years in Northern Ireland who have ever been told by a doctor or nurse that they have high blood pressure (diagnosed hypertension) is expected to rise to almost 366,00 people (24.8% of the population aged 18+ years). The research was conducted by IPH in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland at Queen’s University Belfast and the HRB Centre for Diet and Health Research at University College Cork. It is based on an analysis of the national Northern Ireland Health and Wellbeing Survey that was conducted in 2005/06.

17 May 2012 | News

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) has today – World Hypertension Day – published new research which suggests that by 2020 the number of adults aged 45+ years in the Republic of Ireland with hypertension (high blood pressure) is expected to rise to more than 1,220,000 people (63.1% of the population aged 45+ years). The research was conducted by IPH in collaboration with the HRB Centre for Diet and Health Research at University College Cork and the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland at Queen’s University Belfast. It is based on an analysis of the latest national health survey, SLÁN, that was conducted in 2007.

9 Mar 2012 | News

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) welcomes the publication ‘A fitter future for all - Framework for preventing and addressing overweight and obesity in Northern Ireland 2012-2022’ and its outlined need for involvement from all sectors if we are to stop the alarming rise in obesity. Director Owen Metcalfe said: “Obesity has high social, environmental and economic costs. It has been estimated to cause 450 deaths per year, £14.2 million in lost productivity and a £90 million cost to health and social care. IPH believes this strategic framework will guide a sustainable and effective response to obesity but accountable action across government is critical before it is too late.

28 Feb 2012 | News

IPH welcomed the publication of the Ten-Year Tobacco Control Strategy for Northern Ireland. IPH is pleased this comprehensive long-term tobacco control programme focuses on reducing socio-economic inequalities in smoking and see this work as particularly important in terms of reducing health inequalities across Northern Ireland. Director Owen Metcalfe said “I welcome the long-term view adopted in this strategy which presents a clear roadmap for reducing the excessive burden of smoking-related illness and deaths in Northern Ireland and will be significant in the reduction of health inequalities. The publication of the Strategy as another opportunity for North/South cooperation in the development of tobacco control programmes to tackle this critical threat to public health on the island of Ireland.”

15 Dec 2011 | News

Report highlights different challenges facing older people in keeping warm North/South Rising levels of income poverty, a high proportion of older people living alone and reliance on oil-based central heating are notable features of fuel poverty among older people in Northern Ireland - according to new research launched today. The research was carried out by a group comprising Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH), Centre of Excellence in Public Health in Northern Ireland and Brunel University London and funded by the Centre for Ageing, Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI).

15 Dec 2011 | News

Clarification (19 December) Following the launch of the report referred to in the press release below it is clear that there has been some confusion about how the headline figures in the press release have been presented. This was a multi level study including national data and data from a non-representative sample of older people. IPH want to make it quite clear that the figures quoted in the press release of 24% describing their homes as too cold and 51% going without food or clothing to heat their homes are figures that relate to a sample of 722 older people who were selected through their contact with older peoples services such as Age Action, Energy Action and rural transport schemes and health and social housing service providers. As such the findings of this aspect of the report represent the lived experience of these groups of older people but they can not be considered representative of the total older population.

13 Jun 2011 | News

The economic recession with its accompanying rise in unemployment rates is linked to extremely adverse effects for men’s mental health - according to new research from the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH).

21 Apr 2011 | News

The Department of Health and Children (DoHC) today (21st April) released the latest update of its Public Health Information System (PHIS) health data tables which include extensive information on births, deaths, cancer incidence, hospital admissions, and psychiatric in-patient activity.

3 Mar 2011 | News

A comprehensive website containing all relevant information on Northern Ireland’s growing obesity problem was launched in Belfast today in a bid to help in the fight against the epidemic.

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