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.More
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?More
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.
Researching our symptoms online or on health apps can increase stress levels and is ultimately self-defeating, discovers Margaret Jennings.More
My two children recently had head lice. Is there any way to prevent their getting head lice in the future?More
Every day begins with a quick meet and greet with colleagues at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH).
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.More
Gastroenteritis and pilonidal sinus explained by Dr. Bernadette Carr.More
Ruth Bailey’s working life as director of product strategy, GloHealth.More
Plantar fasciitis and floaters discussed by Megan Sheppard.More
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.More
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?More
Up at six and 45 minutes later I leave for the office in the Mediserve base on the South Circular Road in Dublin 8.
ACHES and pains, particularly when it comes to muscles and joints, aren’t always a sign of something sinister.More
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.More
Dr Patrick Tunney is a consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist at Orwell Clinic, Dublin.More
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?More
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.More
The MIND diet is based on Mediterranean eating, and proponents claim it can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, writes Margaret JenningsMore
Lisa Salmon finds a handy app that tracks your medical history.More
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.More
I’m an early riser, the legacy of a paper round I did when I was 10.
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.More
FANS of James Bond will be familiar with actress Judi Dench, who played the M16 chief until 2012.More
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.More
HAVE you ever felt under the weather but put off at the thought of queuing to see your GP?More
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.More
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?More
THE nation was glued as the latest television dating show kicked off on Channel 4 last night.More
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.More
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.More
The alarm goes off about four times before I get up.
Margaret Jennings talks to a former fashion editor who believes in dressing to match your unique style and not your age.More
I had a cold last week and now my ears are sore inside, could I have an infection?More
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.
A VEGETARIAN friend has mastered the phrase “Is it meat?” in several languages in an attempt to navigate his way through holiday menus.More
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.More
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’).More
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.More
Workout wherever you are to the beat of your favourite music with this app.More
I’m up early to get my little boy Clive ready before I leave for work, dropping him to my mum’s house.
PROSTATE cancer is no laughing matter, but that doesn’t stop comedian Brendan Grace from making wisecracks about it on stage.More
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.More
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...More
Close to nature: Green spaces within and around city schools improve the mental development of young children, a study has found.More
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.More
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.More
I never had a cold sore until two weeks ago — it has now cleared up, is there anyway to prevent another one?More
This is typically my favourite part of the day as I see post-operative patients from the previous day.
SCIENTISTS say that with one careful owner, the male body could live for 120 years.More
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.More
I recently I noticed some red / purple patches around my ankles; the skin feels dry and is itchy.More
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.
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.More
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.More
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.More
Long the anti-hero of fast-forward lives, researchers now believe stress can make you stronger, smarter and more successful, says Clodagh Finn.
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?More
Puffy eyes and dark shadows may be telltale signs of tiredness but can our faces reveal more about our health, writes Abi Jackson.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
My working day is incredibly varied.
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.More
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.
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.
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.More
It might be common to promote the virtues of clearing the air by venting your rage, but in most instances it makes things worse.More
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.More
IN December 2013, the people of Ireland learned a hard lesson in how serious allergic reactions to food can be.More
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.More
There has been an outbreak of chickenpox in my daughter’s crèche, what symptoms should I watch out for?More
I take the dogs for a brisk walk before heading to work where emails and patient blood reports are first on the agenda.
Older women face many challenges due to hormonal changes, but good nutrition will help, says Margaret Jennings.More
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?More
Over-protected children are often stressed out by college life because they lack autonomy, writes Áilín Quinlan.More
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.More
NEVER let it be said that Kathryn Thomas isn’t a stranger to hard work.More
YOU might imagine that giant chocolate bar would bring some much-needed comfort at the end of a long and stressful day.More
Heartburn is not always harmless, says Sharon Ní Chonchúir.More
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?More