Follow these 10 rules to get a perfect night’s sleep

Follow our 10 rules for a blissful night’s sleep and reap the many health benefits, says Peta Bee.

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'It’s the worst feeling in the whole world' - new mums need post-natal depression support

One in six new mothers is affected by post-natal depression. It’s vital to get support, says Áilín Quinlan.

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Ageing with attitude: Cool solution for a hot topic in middle age

Hot flushes is a serious issue for menopausal women, who are prepared to go to great lengths to find a remedy, says Margaret Jennings.    

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Kids with cancer love their ‘cosy’

Helen O’Callaghan hears about a mum’s blanket of hope campaign.

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Building the future with LEGO

LEGO’s many educational benefits will be highlighted at BrickxFest in Dublin this weekend, says Kate O’Reilly. 

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Everything you need to know about laparoscopic surgery

Every day patients increasingly undergo laparoscopic general surgery such as to remove the gall bladder, the appendix or to repair hernias in the abdominal wall.

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Turn the page for a healthier year

Are you on that familiar rollercoaster too — a December full of excess followed by a January of repentance?

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: Keeping the spark alive as we get older

My husband and I have been together for over 20 years — I’m 47, he is 50. He suggests, as a kind of new year’s resolution, that we bring some more “excitement” to the bedroom. 

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Shape I'm in - Colm O'Gorman, Amnesty International

As executive director of Amnesty International Ireland, Colm O’Gorman is immediately recognisable as the man who passionately represents the disenfranchised. 

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Natural Health with Megan Sheppard

Megan Sheppard gives her advice on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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Working life: Kasia Stubba, outreach worker

Kasia Stubba is an outreach worker for homeless emergency support services with Cork Simon Community.

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13-year-old Milo McCarthy is the man of the moment

"YOU need to get started and then you’re halfway there,” — the words of 13-year-old Milo McCarthy after he received a Person of the Year award last month.

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13-year-old Milo McCarthy is the man of the moment

"YOU need to get started and then you’re halfway there,” — the words of 13-year-old Milo McCarthy after he received a Person of the Year award last month.

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Helping children reach their potential: Explaining the role of special needs assistants

By helping children with educational needs, special needs assistants play a key role in mainstream schools, writes Andrea Mara.

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Half hour to happiness: Exercises to improve your mood

We’ve all heard about the therapeutic effects of exercise – but how exactly can working out change your mood, and what kind of session gives you the best boost?

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20 ways to get trim and stay trim in 2017

Fad diets are no good when it comes to long-term weight loss, writes Ciara McDonnell.

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Check it out - Alarm Clock, free, iTunes

Start the day with time on your side. This app changes the display of smartphones to mimic an alarm clock.

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In the News - online

DIABETES LINK: Research linking diabetes to infection has been described as the latest piece in the puzzle for scientists hoping to develop a cure for the disease.

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Six simple steps to a happier, healthier 2017

Abi Jackson looks at ways to ring the changes in 2017 .   

 

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The Shape I’m In: Derek Ryan

DEREK Ryan believes in thanking fans for their support after a gig. But there are times when he finds it overwhelming, especially when faced with a crowd of more than 900, each person looking for their special moment with the Carlow singer-songwriter.

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Ageing with attitude: Marching to a very different beat

The Sun City Poms, a group of high-kicking cheerleading retirees, should help inspire you to keep your ‘get fit’ resolutions on track, says Margaret Jennings.

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My sex drive has fallen off a cliff

My wife and I have been happily married for 10 years, but recently it feels as though my sex drive has fallen off a cliff. I am only 45. Meanwhile, my wife still wants to have sex three times a week. I feel under pressure and I am worried she will have an affair. How are we going to work this out? I can’t see a way forward for us.

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The importance of using antibiotics correctly

“One sometimes finds what one is not looking for” (Sir Alexander Fleming)

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Natural health: Cradle cap and swollen feet

My baby daughter has cradle cap. It’s quite thick and unsightly. I have been told this because she has very little hair on her head. Is there any natural treatment that would help?

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Working life: Prof Clodagh O’Gorman, Professor of Paediatrics, UL

6.30am
I squeeze in a bit of yoga and check emails before the kids get up. I have three smallies, Aidan (6), Keela (3) and Cian (15 months). 

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Why Vicky Kavanagh is saying no to alcohol and how you can too

Vicky Kavanagh finally realised her drinking was a problem after she passed out drunk in a field and was rescued by a friend.

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Get fit fast with the Louisa Drake Method

Intense workouts are good. We like intense workouts. But smashing HIIT day in, day out often isn’t feasible.

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Encore career: Women changing jobs mid-stream

Starting over can be daunting at the best of times, but it’s something an increasing number of women are doing in their 30s, 40s, or beyond, as the idea of an ‘encore career’ takes hold.

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Grape allergy: One of the unwanted side effects of wine

Lots of us would have enjoyed a tipple or two over Christmas and New Year, but did your penchant for wine leave you feeling less than ‘grape’?

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The shape I'm in: Charlie Landsborough

When singer/songwriter Charlie Landsborough gained weight a few years ago, he was quite pleased with himself.

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What we’ll be eating in 2017

Kale is on the wane but, this year, we’ll see a boom in fermented food, the continuing growth of the ‘free-from’ market and the rise of beetroot as a superfood super-star.

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It's my life: Tric Kearney

If December was party central, January is definitely hangover hell. While I’m not sitting rocking in a chair crying, I do miss the Christmas happiness and I’m also missing something else, something I’d taken for granted.

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Feeding problems: Breastfeeding in Ireland

Lack of support in the community is often cited as the main reason for Ireland’s low breastfeeding rates but that is slowly starting to change, lactation consultant Orla Dorgan believes.

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Children name dad their hero

Good news for dads, who’ve been ranked number one as children’s top hero in a survey of close to 600 families.

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No simple solution to complex dementia

If you received a brain-training device in your Christmas stocking, enjoy it — but don’t expect it to cut your risk of getting dementia, despite what the marketing of such devices might lead us to believe.

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Taking steps to control blood pressure

When your heart pumps blood round your body it produces pressure against the walls of your blood vessels. The force of this pumping is called blood pressure.

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Natural health with Megan Sheppard: Red-rimmed eyes and gall bladder removal

Megan Sheppard gives her advice on treating red-rimmed eyes and the aftermath of gall bladder removal.

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Working life: Anne O’Hea, occupational therapist

Anne O’Hea, occupational therapist at Mercy University Hospital, Cork.

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Donal Skehan: Eating to live a good life

A decade ago, Donal Skehan was plying his trade as a pop star, showcasing his dance moves and — “the most mortifying aspect of it” — wearing matching white training outfits to the gym with his Streetwize bandmates.

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