Loneliness is a bigger threat to older people’s mortality than cancer and it is feelings of loneliness, rather than social isolation that is more likely to cause death.
This is particularly relevant in Ireland after a recent study by St James Hospital showed that one in three people over 65 and living alone suffered from loneliness.
You’re more likely to get fed your mother’s milk if you are the child of a drug addict in Sydney than if you are a child in Ireland.
An OECD report last month revealed that Ireland has the worst rate of breast-feeding in the developed world. In a health service that is feeling financial pressures — and given that breastfeeding offers many health benefits to both mothers and children — many doctors believe that strong action is now required to increase breastfeeding rates here. And that would include limiting the access baby formula companies have to maternity wards to market their products. Continue reading