The shape I'm in: Bríd Stack, Cork ladies’ footballer

Cork ladies’ footballer Bríd Stack answers our health and life questions this week.

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How to stay fit after 40

Sharp short shocks to the ageing body one of the best way to keep toned, says Peta Bee.

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: I don’t want to wear sexy lingerie for my husband

Dressing up makes your husband’s gift a fun costume, rather than as a reflection of who you are, says Suzi Godson.

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Tips on keeping allergies and asthma under control for summer

From pollen to dust mites, Abi Jackson reveals what to look out for.

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Get fitter and stronger faster, without leaving the house

Put your entire body through its paces without even leaving the house, says Amanda Khouv.

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Manage multiple sclerosis after pregnancy by following this diet

When MS sufferer Sharon Ní Chonchúir gave birth to her son in December she dropped her strict diet. She soon found the familiar symptoms returning.

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A mother's story of when her baby arrived early

A mum tells Helen O’Callaghan about having a premature baby.

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Mater Private: Brew a cuppa for a very worthy cause

Mater Private Hospital together with Dukes Coffee Company and KSG at the City Gate Plaza, Mahon, Cork are organising a joint ‘Drink Tea for MND’ day to help support a very worthy cause.

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Natural health: Jetlag and drinking coffee

Boost your intake of high-tryptophan foods such as milk, honey, turkey, egg whites, and tuna to minimise the effects of jetlag, says Megan Sheppard.

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Ageing with attitude: Health is wealth for devoted couple

The Prendergasts recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. They also raised a glass to the enduring success of Paul’s organ transplant, writes Margaret Jennings.

 

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Working life: Rachel Scanlon, co-founder of Castle Homecare

7.30am
I drop my daughter Eve, 2, to the childminder before heading for the office in Ballinteer. It’s a half-hour commute from my home in Brittas, south Co Dublin.

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Tric Kearney: It's my life

While flicking through Facebook the other day, I stumbled across a celebrity I’d never seen before sharing with the world her secret to looking beautiful.

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This Irish handbook on fertility will maximise your chances of pregnancy

Helen O’Callaghan looks at what each section of The Fertility Handbook deals with.

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Is Ireland becoming more liberal when it comes to sharing our sexual partners?

Áilín Quinlan investigates the world of organised sex parties.

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Mater Private: Surgery the final choice for weight loss

Weight management is a lifelong programme according to John Conneely, consultant surgeon of the Mater Private Hospital, Dublin.

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: My wife of one year has already gone off me sexually

The first year of marriage is assumed to be the most passionate and intimate period of a romantic relationship, but it is not always plain sailing, says Suzi Godson.

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Natural health: Sprouting beans and spray vitamins

Sprouting your own is a great idea. The sprouting phase of a seed represents the greatest vitality in the life cycle of that plant, says Megan Sheppard.

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Here are the nutrients you may be lacking for good health

Glossy hair is down to good nutrition, but biotin and B7 deficiency is implicated in dandruffy scalp, says Sharon Ní Chonchúir.

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Into the light: It's time to spruce up your workout

Give your next workout session a boost with a dose of the sunshine vitamin and take it to the great outdoors.

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Valerie Mulcahy on staying ahead of the game when it comes to diet

There’s something akin to nostalgia in Valerie Mulcahy’s voice when the Cork GAA star recalls the very early days of her inter county career when she and her teammates would have a fry-up on the day of a big away match.

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Ageing with attitude: Recipes for a good life

Marjorie Brennan talks to Mimi Spencer of the 5:2 Fast Diet about moving away from food fads towards the quality nutrition described in her new book ‘The Midlife Kitchen’.

 

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The shape I'm in: Anthony Nash, Cork hurler

Cork senior hurler Anthony Nash with a bag of sugar on his hurley is an ambassador for Lloyd’s Pharmacies’ Get to Grips with Diabetes campaign.

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Working life: Sheena Smith, Clinical specialist physiotherapist, Beacon Hospital

8am
The in-patient therapy team, which I head up, meets in the orthopaedic gym, on the orthopaedic wards. 

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Tric Kearney: It's my life

Forgive me but you will have to lean in close if you wish to read this as I’m whispering, says Tric Kearney.

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Fit to work: Why it pays to be active during office hours

With 54% of workers overweight, companies are being encouraged to promote fitness in sedentary staff. Sharon Ni Chonchuir talks to Prof Neil Moyna who’s heading up this workplace fitness challenge.

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5 stretches you will reap benefits from

Want to add the final touch to your fitness arsenal? Mobility and flexibility are the key, says Amanda Khouv.

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Coffee may reduce risk of heart disease, certain cancers and even dementia

Some frothy coffee confections can have as many calories as a meal, but health experts say little can beat a fragrant, fresh cup of Joe, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: My daring wife wants to film us in bed

The sex you have in your head is always aesthetically perfect. Turn a camera on it and that illusion shatters instantly, says Suzi Godson.

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Mater Private: When your heart is in the right place

Specialist heart nurse Padraig Denn says it’s important to respond quickly to early warning signs.

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7 simple ways to ease your headaches

Headaches are one of the most common health complaints, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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Natural health: Morning sickness and nail biting

Biting of the nails can be related to generalised anxiety and nervous conditions, or even OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), says Megan Sheppard.

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It is vital for children to talk about their feelings

A burden shared is a burden halved, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Andrea Mara on having the confidence to write a novel

While working in financial services Andrea Mara started writing online as a way to connect with other parents. Now she is about to publish her first novel.

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Ageing: It’s all white if you’ve a cut above the rest

Older women are increasingly happy to go grey but their hair will need a sharp style and the right products to look its best, says Margaret Jennings.

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The shape I'm in: Louise Duffy, radio presenter

Louise Duffy works out several times a week and snacks on fruit and nuts during the day.

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Working life: Mary O’Mahony, inspector of adult social services, Hiqa

7am
As lead inspector for 30 designated centres for older adults I spend a lot of time on the road, mainly in Cork and Kerry. 

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Tric Kearney: It's my life

I’d love to say I ‘d learned a great lesson in life from my Leaving Cert disappointment but that would be a lie, says Tric Kearney.

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Digital affair: How smartphones are undermining our relationships

Do you and your partner spend more time gazing at your smartphones than into each others’ eyes? Deirdre Reynolds says we need to unplug in order to reconnect.

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Don’t retire - rewire: How super-agers generate new brain cells and networks

Superagers never retire, instead they storm through life taking on tough challenges, building strength and creating new neural networks in the process, says Margaret Jennings.

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Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh talks about life and its fragility

 

Groundbreaking neurosurgeon Henry Marsh talks to Catherine Shanahan about anxiety, his work ethic, and making  life-and-death decisions.

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