The Shape I’m In: Brendan Cole, Strictly Come Dancing star

AFTER a night on the tiles, switching effortlessly between rumbas, salsas and cha cha chas, you’d imagine Brendan Cole’s tipple of choice would be a Latin, full-bodied red wine. 

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Parents must protect their children online

DO you know what your children post on Facebook? Do you know what they do on Snapchat and on Viber? What children do online is a mystery that a new book, Screen-Smart Parenting, demystifies for parents.

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Small and frequent acts of kindness can help build long-term relationships

Been in a monogamous relationship for decades but boredom has set in? It doesn’t have to be that way, says Margaret Jennings.

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Working life: Dr Rosarie Crowley, psychologist

8.30am
Ten minutes of mindfulness helps to set me up for the day ahead at Teach Mhuire, in Mayfield, Cork.

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

The crèche my daughters attend has had a couple of children with croup in the last few weeks. Could you explain what it is and what symptoms I should look out for?

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Natural health with Megan Sheppard

Are there proven benefits to taking a sauna? I find it good for arthritis, but I have been told that it can be bad for your health if you have heart troubles.

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Is it normal to have high libido later in life?

I’ve always heard that women become less interested in sex as they get older, but I’m in my early 50s and my libido is higher than it was when I was in my 20s. 

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Push yourself and try out these moves after a gym session

When it comes to fitness, mastering squats, deadlifts and press-ups is a must — don’t let their simplicity conceal their effectiveness.

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Online and in the shops

Safety online: To mark Safer Internet Day, Trend Micro is hosting an Internet Safety Ambassador programme, for parents, schools and community groups, at its EMEA headquarters in Bishopstown, Cork.

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Regular story time helps children develop

ONLY 49% of parents read to their children most nights and almost 10% never do. 

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Check it out: Noel McGrath is waiting for his son Shea to be genetically tested for Long QT. They are pictured at home, in Riverstown, Co Sligo, with family pet Daisy.

Long QT, an irregular heartbeat condition, explained

Doctors said his first blackout was stress related and gave him sleeping tablets. But when Noel McGrath’s heart stopped, tests proved he had the irregular heartbeat condition, Long QT, says Catherine Shanahan

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Carmen Avellan (above) says her au-pair experiences have been "absolutelyawesome".

Au pairs and families tell how best to make the relationship work

Parents should be welcoming and fair, but must set ground rules. The girl should be responsible, but should also feel appreciated, says Helen O’Callaghan

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How to find a great au pair for you and your kids

So long as parents understand that the au pairs are not professionals, that they are supervisors or companions, then it can be inexpensive childcare. But the girl’s personality must suit the family dynamic, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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Parents need to teach their children about the dangers of alcohol

Rather than turning a blind eye, parents need to give a clear message about the dangers of underage drinking, a child and adolescent psychiatrist tells Helen O’Callaghan.

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Salt is a hard habit to shake off for kids

Salt is essential for our bodies, but experts say children are consuming far too much of it, which could lead to serious health problems. Clodagh Finn reports.

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It’s never too late for older people to tackle personal issues

A new book by Operation Transformation’s Dr Eddie Murphy helps older people to come to terms with emotional struggles, says Margaret Jennings.

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John Murray

The Shape I’m In:¬†John Murray, TV presenter

IT’S difficult not to be moved by the trails and triumphs of the leaders from Operation Transformation. And RTÉ presenter John Murray is no exception.

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Kathie Swift

The Swift Diet: Follow your gut for a flat tummy

IT is hardly surprising that nutritionist Kathie Swift would come up with a plan called the Swift Diet, says Clodagh Finn.

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Get your heart pumping with this fab cardio workout

NEW research from Uppsala University in Sweden indicates that exercise may halve your risk of heart failure. So if ever there was a time to start looking after your heart, this is it!

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Working life: Eithne Barden, medical scientist

8am: I work in a very busy team-based laboratory environment in the Mercy Hospital where each day brings a different challenge. 

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