Your Health

Dr. Bernadette Carr answers your questions on overweight children and nosebleeds

Q. My nine-year-old daughter is very fond of her food and I find it difficult to refuse her a second helping at mealtimes.

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Natural health: Fibroids and gynaecomastia

Q. My gynaecologist discovered a fibroid at my last check-up. Is there anything I can do to help while I am waiting for surgery?

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Working life: Dr Keith Morrice, consultant cardiologist

6.30am
I try to go for a run twice a week before work but while my intentions are good, I tend to stay in bed at the first sign of bad weather. 

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Researching health symptoms online is a prescription for anxiety

Researching our symptoms online or on health apps can increase stress levels and is ultimately self-defeating, discovers Margaret Jennings.

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Dr. Bernadette Carr answers your questions on head lice and dry eyes

My two children recently had head lice. Is there any way to prevent their getting head lice in the future?

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Working life: Cathy O’Sullivan, midwife teacher

8am
Every day begins with a quick meet and greet with colleagues at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH). 

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The lure of learning keeps Maryl Streep on centre stage

Margaret Jennings pays tribute to three-time Oscar winner, actress Meryl Streep, who has managed to eschew the typical Hollywood lifestyle and to keep her family life private.

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The risks of alcohol consumption

Don’t forget the risks of excessive alcohol, warns Lisa Salmon            

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Dr. Bernadette Carr answers your questions on gastroenteritis and pilonidal sinus

Gastroenteritis and pilonidal sinus explained by Dr. Bernadette Carr.

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Working life: Ruth Bailey, director of product strategy, GloHealth

Ruth Bailey’s working life as director of product strategy, GloHealth.

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Natural health: Floaters and Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis and floaters discussed by Megan Sheppard. 

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Secrets to live a long and healthy life

Sean Connery hits 85 this week. The original Bond star is part of a generation that can look forward to reaching their 90s if they take care of their bodies, says Margaret Jennings.        

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on eye infections and rosacea

Q. My eight-year-old daughter has eczema. Last week, she got a stye on her eyelid. It did heal on its own but was painful. Is there any way to avoid a recurrence?

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Working life: Dr Pearse Phelan, medical director

6am
Up at six and 45 minutes later I leave for the office in the Mediserve base on the South Circular Road in Dublin 8. 

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How to keep aches and pains at bay

ACHES and pains, particularly when it comes to muscles and joints, aren’t always a sign of something sinister. 

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Hold back the years by sinking into sleep

Having even one night of disrupted shut-eye could age us, research shows. A sleep expert tells Margaret Jennings why those 40 winks are important to your health.

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Working life: Dr Patrick Tunney, obstetrician

Dr Patrick Tunney is a consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist at Orwell Clinic, Dublin.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on prickly heat rash and verrucas

Q: I am a woman in my 40s and last year on holidays I got a rash on my neck that I think was prickly heat. I will be going away in a couple of weeks. What would you suggest?

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Online and in the shops: Folic acid, digestion aid, Aloe Vera and pedicure flex roller

FOLIC FACTS: A new Safefood campaign is urging women who could become pregnant to take a folic acid supplement daily, irrespective of whether or not they are planning a baby.

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The MIND diet: Berry good for brain health in later years

The MIND diet is based on Mediterranean eating, and proponents claim it can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, writes Margaret Jennings

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Take note... you'll soon be able to keep your medical history in one handy app

Lisa Salmon finds a handy app that tracks your medical history.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on sun damage and repetitive strain injury

I’m going on a sun holiday with my two young daughters (aged six and eight). We are all fair but my youngest daughter has pale skin and freckles.

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Working life: Suzy McMullan, psychotherapist

6am
I’m an early riser, the legacy of a paper round I did when I was 10. 

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Empty nesters get full-on adventurous

Margaret Jennings finds that parents of kids living abroad are signing up for adventure breaks and long haul travel... and touching base with family members on the way.

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Don’t accept age-related vision loss

FANS of James Bond will be familiar with actress Judi Dench, who played the M16 chief until 2012. 

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on diabetes and psoriasis

My mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago and controls it well. I am hoping to start a family soon and wonder if this increases my risk of gestational diabetes.

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Six reasons why you should make more use of your local pharmacy

HAVE you ever felt under the weather but put off at the thought of queuing to see your GP?

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Go with Gray and still feel young at 70

Old people’s bodies aren’t more susceptible to disease argues a new book. It’s just the longer you live the more likely you are to pick something up along the way writes Margaret Jennings.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on short-term memory and nappy rash

I am going through the menopause and it seems to be affecting my short-term memory. I keep forgetting where I’ve put my keys, purse or phone. It’s very frustrating for me and my family. Will it pass?

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Reality weddings: Whatever happened to romantic love?

THE nation was glued as the latest television dating show kicked off on Channel 4 last night.

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Excessive sweating: ’Don’t suffer in silence’

WHILE damp underarms and dripping brows can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, for some people, excessive perspiration can be a problem all year round, and the medical term for this is hyperhidrosis.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on heartburn and nail cutting

My husband is in his 50s and over the last couple of months he has had heartburn and acid reflux on a number of occasions after eating.

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Working life: Niamh Lynch, paediatrician

7.15am
The alarm goes off about four times before I get up. 

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50 shades of class and style for older women

Margaret Jennings talks to a former fashion editor who believes in dressing to match your unique style and not your age.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on ear infections and gallstones

I had a cold last week and now my ears are sore inside, could I have an infection?

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Working life: Dr Maeve Hurley, CEO of Ag Éisteacht,

8am
If I’m not hosting one of our regular training courses for frontline workers, I like to get to the office at this time, where I start by checking my calendar and making a plan for the day. 

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A guide for healthy eating while on holiday

A VEGETARIAN friend has mastered the phrase “Is it meat?” in several languages in an attempt to navigate his way through holiday menus.

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3rd Age: Age is no barrier to learning technology

After raising her children, Breda Grinsell returned to college to study business information systems at the age of 54. She’s enjoying the challenge, says Marjorie Brennan.

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Ways to manage the menopause

ON average, women start the menopause at 51, though it can begin much earlier (before the age of 40, it’s known as ’premature menopause’).

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In the news - online

BEER TOXINS: Big beer drinkers who down as much as two pints a day may be exposing themselves to harmful levels of fungal toxins, a study has found. 

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Check it out: Sworkit Lite, free

Workout wherever you are to the beat of your favourite music with this app. 

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Working life: Fiona McGrane, nurse manager

6.45am
I’m up early to get my little boy Clive ready before I leave for work, dropping him to my mum’s house.

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The shape I’m in: Brendan Grace, comedian

PROSTATE cancer is no laughing matter, but that doesn’t stop comedian Brendan Grace from making wisecracks about it on stage.

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3rd Age: Hit the road to enjoy peak energy levels

This month’s Age & Opportunity Go for Life Games was the culmination of a year of fun sporting activities for older people, writes Sharon Ní Chonchuir.

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It’s time to show your feet you care

SUMMER is when feet have their moment in the sun. They’re a part of the body that really get put through their paces – literally - so treat your trotters to some regular TLC...

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In the news - online

Close to nature: Green spaces within and around city schools improve the mental development of young children, a study has found.

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Choose natural foods for top health

MILEY CYRUS steers clear of lactose and gluten. Zooey Deschanel has cut out eggs, dairy and wheat. Tennis star Serena Williams can’t eat peanuts.

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LIVE: Follow the Pink Swingers on their epic journey around Ireland

Follow the ’Pink Swingers’ as they attempt to complete the challenge of playing one hole of golf in each of the 32 counties of Ireland on the 19th and 20th of June in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your question on cold sores and cystitis

I never had a cold sore until two weeks ago — it has now cleared up, is there anyway to prevent another one?

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Working life: Dr Alan Cummings, Consultant Opthalmologist

8am
This is typically my favourite part of the day as I see post-operative patients from the previous day. 

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With a healthy lifestyle, men can live to 120

SCIENTISTS say that with one careful owner, the male body could live for 120 years. 

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Work out for the sake of your grey matter

A hidden drawback to increased longevity is the loss of mental capacity. Margaret Jennings looks at how to keep the brain in good shape so you can enjoy the extra years.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on Varicose eczema and skin tags

I recently I noticed some red / purple patches around my ankles; the skin feels dry and is itchy. 

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Working life: Dr Ronan Margey, consultant interventional cardiologist

6.30am
I’m up early to make porridge for my four-year-old, Ted, who keeps a close eye on me. Breakfast is a family affair and either myself or my wife, Michele, drops Ted to childcare on the way to work.

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Overcoming self-harm and suicidal thoughts

In a desperate attempt to cope with emotional distress, some teens resort to self-harming. A calm, compassionate response is needed, an experienced psychotherapist tells Marjorie Brennan.

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Reboot with a liquid diet of coconut water

Margaret Jennings hears what happens when a group of four Irish guys decamp to a Brazilian village to sip coconut water and detox in a bid to shed the pounds.

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Facts about strokes we all need to know

STROKE deaths reduced by 8% last year. According to the CSO, 1,837 people died from stroke in 2014, compared to 2,001 in 2013. 

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Positive pressure: Stress is good for you

Long the anti-hero of fast-forward lives, researchers now believe stress can make you stronger, smarter and more successful, says Clodagh Finn.

 

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on shoulder pain and squinting

I was putting some boxes up into the attic last week and I think I may have injured my shoulder. I have pain in my shoulder with ‘pins and needles’ down into my arm to my little finger. Could I have tendonitis?

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The face can reveal a lot about our health

Puffy eyes and dark shadows may be telltale signs of tiredness but can our faces reveal more about our health, writes Abi Jackson.

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Brendan Shine’s main purpose is to bring happiness

Music has been a driving force for Brendan Shine down through the decades and a means to lift the spirits of his fans, writes Margaret Jennings.

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Why a sunscreen can put your health in the shade

Sunscreens help to prevent burning and skin cancer, but they also block our main source of vitamin D, which protects us from a range of diseases, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on menopause and knee pain

I am a woman in my early 50s and am going through the menopause. Over the last few weeks, I have woken up with night sweats and found it difficult to get back to asleep. 

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Working life: Caitriona McPartlin, clinic manager at ReproMed Ireland.

6:30am
My working day is incredibly varied. 

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Get to the root of your health problem with herbs

It becomes necessary to re-evaluate your health regimes in light of how your body changes, but a reliance on drugs isn’t the only option, writes Margaret Jennings.

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Dr Bernadette Carr: Is there a difference between pharyngitis and laryngitis?

Q. Should I visit my GP?
A. Pharyngitis is an inflammation of the pharynx that is a sore throat, which is often the result of a viral infection and associated with acute nasal infections.

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Working life: Dr Sandra Cummings, audiological scientist

9am
I try and get to the office at this time to tackle any paperwork carried over from the previous day and check the patient schedule for the day ahead.

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Octogenarian Helen Ruth Van Winkle is an internet sensation among all age groups

Kentucky octogenarian Helen Ruth Van Winkle’s brash online persona has turned the internet’s obsession with young people on its head, writes Margaret Jennings.

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Ways to stay cool when you get hot under the collar

It might be common to promote the virtues of clearing the air by venting your rage, but in most instances it makes things worse.

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

I wonder if my four-year-old son has asthma. He had a respiratory infection with a wheeze, his GP prescribed an inhaler and he recovered. 

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Working Life: Pamela Fagan

Early morning
It may be a cliché, but no two days are the same. 

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We need to understand allergies

IN December 2013, the people of Ireland learned a hard lesson in how serious allergic reactions to food can be. 

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All in their stride: Kay and Joe O'Regan, 79-year-old marathon runners from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, who are planning to run their final marathon in Cork next year.

Couple plan to finish the Cork City Marathon hand in hand for 80th birthdays

A couple plan to celebrate their 80th birthdays by crossing the finishing line of next year’s Cork City Marathon hand in hand in their last such event, says Margaret Jennings.

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

There has been an outbreak of chickenpox in my daughter’s crèche, what symptoms should I watch out for?

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Working life: Cathy Shortt, clinical nurse

7.15am
I take the dogs for a brisk walk before heading to work where emails and patient blood reports are first on the agenda. 

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Eat your way through the menopause

Older women face many challenges due to hormonal changes, but good nutrition will help, says Margaret Jennings.

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How to tackle spots as an adult

I am a 28-year-old woman and have recently started to get spots on my chin. Apart from an occasional spot, I have never suffered from skin problems in the past. Can you get acne in your 20s?

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Figuring out the time to let kids take responsibility for themselves

Over-protected children are often stressed out by college life because they lack autonomy, writes Áilín Quinlan.

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New path lies ahead for Irish radio legend Donncha O Dulaing

WHEN Donncha O Dulaing says goodbye to the listeners of his RTÉ Radio 1 programme, Failte Isteach, tomorrow week (Saturday, April 25), he won’t consider it the end of his 51-year career with the national broadcaster.

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Delving into the business interests of Ireland’s must famous faces

NEVER let it be said that Kathryn Thomas isn’t a stranger to hard work. 

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The bad effects of snacking may surprise you

YOU might imagine that giant chocolate bar would bring some much-needed comfort at the end of a long and stressful day. 

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Heartburn can be serious. Here are 8 ways to minimize it

Heartburn is not always harmless, says Sharon Ní Chonchúir. 

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

My sister developed white patches on her skin recently and has been diagnosed with vitiligo. I have never heard of this, could you explain what it is?

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Wisdom of the ages: how to live to 100

Lynn Peters Adler’s has interviewed 500 centenarians for a new book on longevity and tells Margaret Jennings why we should respect and value older people    

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