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Experts in the Media: 24th-28th August

September 1, 2015 Posted in : Business, Cancer, Cork, DAA, Dublin, Emergency Services, Employment, Experts in the Media, Government, Health, Healthy Living, Heart, Irish Heart Foundation, Media, Tax, Transport, UCC

Our experts made the news across a wide variety of genres last week, offering their knowledge and insights across the nation’s media outlets. The Irish Times and RTÉ Radio One are just a few of the media outlets that have featured our experts in recent days.

Galzac’s experts provided commentary on a wide range of topics including the Government losing tax revenue due to spurious self-employment, and that heart disease kills six times more women than breast cancer.

Our goal is to highlight the media coverage our experts have received every week. Here are just a few examples of our experts in the media last week: (more…)

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Story ideas for Friday 4th September 2015

August 31, 2015 Posted in : Dublin, Exercise, Experts, Food for Health Ireland, Health, Healthy Living, Heart

Story Idea: 8 weeks out from the Dublin marathon, have you been doing your strength training?
Expert: Brian Carson 
(Expert in Endurance Performance and Strength Training) Programme Manager, Food for Health Ireland.                     
The Hook: Though the marathon is very much an endurance event and traditional training models pursue endurance training alone, novel research from our group at the University of Limerick indicates that strength training can improve key endurance performance parameters, in particular running economy (the energy cost per kilometer run at a given speed). We compared two groups of 10k running athletes, one group pursued traditional endurance training alone, and one included strength training on 2 days per week in addition to traditional endurance training. What we found was that those undertaking the strength training improved their key endurance performance indicators to a greater extent than those endurance training alone…

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Story ideas for Wednesday 2nd September 2015

August 31, 2015 Posted in : Diabetes, Food for Health Ireland, Galzacs15, Health, Healthy Living, Heart

Story Idea: Diabetes screening & awareness day (Sep 2nd): The importance of exercise and nutrition in the prevention/treatment of Type 2 Diabetes   
Expert: Brian Carson (Expert in Exercise and Diabetes) Programme Manager, Food for Health Ireland/ University of Limerick.
The Hook: As the prevalence of Diabetes in Ireland grows, an increased emphasis needs to be placed on education around the importance of exercise and nutrition in the prevention/onset of this chronic disease. The acute and chronic effects of exercise on the control of blood glucose are profound, and the timing and type of exercise can be manipulated to help prevent blood glucose levels straying into the diabetic range. Similarly, the amount, composition and timing of our food intake can determine the progression of our metabolic health…

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Story ideas for every day of the week: 31st August – 4th September 2015

August 31, 2015 Posted in : Appointments, CBRE, Childcare, Children, Dublin, Dublin Town, Exercise, Food for Health Ireland, Health, Healthy Living, Heart, IPU, Irish Pharmacy Union, Property Market, Schools

Monday 31st August 2015

Story Idea: School environment increases kids chances of becoming sick
Expert: Kathy Maher (Expert in Pharmacy & Medicine) President of the Irish Pharmacy Union.                       
The Hook:
 With Schools returning children are more likely to be susceptible to the common flu and tummy bug; the typical child expecting to get 3 to 8 common colds a year and 2 to 3 bouts of viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu) a year. It is a sure thing that parents will be treating their children for minor ailments during the course of the school year. That’s why Pharmacists have issued some practical tips for parents for this school year. President of the Irish Pharmacy Union, Kathy Maher, is available for comment on tips for kids well-being.

Notable Events for Monday 31st

* Rowing World Championships are taking place in France
* Social Justice Ireland will launch the National Social Monitor 2015 today
* On this day in 2006, Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream” is recovered in a raid
* CSO: Milk Statistics July 2015

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Story Idea for Friday 28th of August 2015

August 24, 2015 Posted in : Career Development, ETC Consulting, Health, Healthy Living, Heart, Irish Heart Foundation

Friday 28th August 2015

Story Idea: Call for national stroke awards nominations
Expert: Janis Morrisey (Expert in Heart Disease and Healthy Living) Dietitian, Irish Heart Foundation.                  
The Hook: The Irish Heart Foundation invites the public to celebrate life after stroke by nominating stroke survivors for our charity’s sixth national Stroke Awards this November, hosted by RTE broadcaster Marty Whelan. Our Stroke Awards pay tribute to the courage and bravery of stroke survivors and their carers from all around the country. (more…)

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Story ideas for every day of the week: 24th – 28th August 2015

August 24, 2015 Posted in : Alltech, Camara, Dublin, ETC Consulting, Failte Ireland, Festivals, Food, Food Science, Healthy Living, Heart, Ireland, Irish Guide Dogs, Irish Heart Foundation, Irish Water, Media, Tourism, Tourism Ireland, UCC, Women's Equality

Monday 24th August 2015

Story Idea: Adding the fizzy cola “tang” to Irish water: good or bad for our health?
Expert: John Sodeau (Expert in Scientific Research and Pollution) Professor of Physical Chemistry/ Director of Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry, UCC.

The Hook: Phosphoric acid (a rust remover) has been added to fizzy cola drinks for many years. Now Irish Water is proposing to add it to the water supply in Limerick starting September. The reason is to delay the lead from pipes dissolving into the water by making phosphates. Preventing lead release is particularly important for our health, particularly the young. On the other hand phosphates from fertilizer run-offs into Lough Leane in Killarney led to a public warning last week to not drink, fish or paddle in it because phosphates promote toxic algal growth in water. So, are Irish Water certain that what they are doing is in the best interests for public health? (more…)

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Calling All Cheese Lovers – Food for Health Ireland researchers to undertake the largest study of the impact of cheese on Irish heart health

August 17, 2015 Posted in : Dairy Farming, Food, Food for Health Ireland, Health, Healthy Living, Heart, Science, Teagasc, UCD

Are we getting the wrong advice about saturated fat from foods like cheese? For years, cheese has been demonized as a food high in saturated fat which could raise cholesterol levels and heart disease risks. Irish researchers in University College Dublin and Teagasc Moorepark now think that this advice needs a rethink.

A number of scientific studies published in the last few years have called into question the current negative message about cheese as an unhealthy food. This emerging science from around the world is poking holes in the argument that cheese is detrimental to health. FHI scientists will shortly begin the largest study of its kind in Ireland to understand more about cheese and its impact on our health.

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Story ideas for Monday 27th July 2015

July 27, 2015 Posted in : Health, Healthy Living, Heart, Irish Heart Foundation, Photocall

Story Idea: FAST week: Call 999 at the first sign of stroke
Expert: Dr Angie Brown (Expert in Healthy Living and Cardiovascular Diseases) Medical Director and Consultant Cardiologist, Irish Heart Foundation.            
The Hook: Nearly 10,000 people suffer a stroke in Ireland annually which is more than one stroke happening every hour, but only half of the population would call 999 in the event of a stroke. As part of its annual FAST awareness week, the Irish Heart Foundation has targeted 250 local FAST awareness campaigns around the country in local hospitals, communities and stroke support groups using posters and flyers carrying the lifesaving FAST message.

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