Charlie Sheen’s decision to speak out has put HIV in the spotlight — and while getting people talking is undeniably a positive thing, it’s also highlighted that there’s still a lot of ignorance around the condition. Abi Jackson reveals, however HIV can be managed to avoid serious illnessMore
Karen Leigh, ceo of Sensational Kids, reveals a typical working day.More
Ciara McDonnell finds out how to handle the party season without the painful post-drinking aftermath.More
Fíann Ó Nualláin looks at the contemplative pleasure of working outside at this time of year.More
Q: I’m using a laptop more having recently changed my job. My neck and shoulders feel very painful and tight by evening and I sometimes need to take paracetamol to ease the pain. Is there anything I can do?More
6am Meditating first thing recharges me for the day ahead.More
Lisa Salmon looks at the benefits of cutting back on alcoholMore
Topping up on Vitamin D may help prevent older people from falling, according to a new study.More
Anyone who doubts the intellectual prowess of some high-profile football stars might have to think again.
Developed by Professor Colin Espie from the University of Oxford, the free Sleepio app is clinically proven to help you sleep.More
ACCORDING to the World Health Organisation (WHO), red meat is “probably” carcinogenic to humans, while cured and processed meat is carcinogenic, meaning bacon is up there alongside cigarettes, arsenic and asbestos as a cancer risk.More
I’m up early to sort lunches and school bags for my eight-year-old Thomas, and six-year-old, Katie, before leaving for work. My husband or childminder usually look after the school run.
Q. I am worried I may have reflux. Could you explain what it is?More
A book challenging the belief that females become invisible after the age of 60, features subjects telling their life story through props, clothes and, especially, words, writes Margaret Jennings.More
My alarm wakes me in time for the news headlines. I have the pleasure of watching the sun rise over the sea in Fountainstown, Co Cork, while myself and my wife Kate enjoy a cup of tea.
Q: I am a 47-year-old man and have recently been trying to give up cigarettes. What advice can you give me?
HAVE you ever wondered why your glands swell up when you’re run-down, or battling a stinking cold?More
There’s every good reason to enjoy coffee - drink up to four cups a day and you’ll cut your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 53%, according to US researchers.More
Actress Susan Sarandon is one of a growing number of older women using body art as a form of self-expression, says Margaret Jennings.More
CANCER RISKS: Researchers have established the risks of different types of ovarian cancer according to whether a woman has children.More
Q. I have always led an active lifestyle and enjoy jogging to keep fit. Recently I have begun to have very bad pains in my hip when I get up in the morning and when I rest at night.More
Women are struggling to have their voice heard in the workplace, but several high-profile characters are advocating change, writes Deirdre Reynolds.More
Adult incontinence is one of the last taboo subjects, but is very prevalent, expecially in women, reports Clodagh Finn.More
Matchmaker, Willie Daly, tells Margaret Jennings that he wants people to go out and live their lives to the full and stop worrying about age or saying that they’re too old.More
KEEN to ward off those winter sniffles? From baths to camomile tea, here’s a round up some less obvious ways to avoid colds.More
Q. My sister fell recently and fractured her wrist. She was told by her doctor she has osteoporosis. What can I do to reduce my risk of developing the condition?More
Women spend more on their tresses than on their cars, says Vicki Notaro who talks to four high-profile women about their hair maintenance.More
Her treatment for breast cancer induced an early menopause at the age of 36. But Sarah refuses to dwell on it, says Catherine Shanahan.More
WHO gets hernias? Well, Madonna has had one, weightlifters and builders get them, and US wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson famously tweeted about his in 2013.More
Q. I am a 60-year-old man and my recent blood tests show I have high cholesterol.More
I have three kids, so the pressure is on to get everyone out on time.
A YOGURT that slows down ageing. A peanut without allergens. Tastes you’ve never even imagined.More
EVER felt a bit light-headed after standing up? Most of us have experienced that momentary dizziness from time to time.More
A leading expert at UCC says to age well we need to focus on maintaining bacterial diversity, and not on over-the-counter probiotics, says Margaret Jennings.More
WINE BOOST: Drinking red wine with dinner may improve the heart health of people with Type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.More
Q. My son is very active. He swims and plays sport. I think he has developed athlete’s foot. What is this and what can I do?More
I’m up early to allow time for a chat with our childminder before leaving for work.
TECHNOLOGY has spread into so many areas of our lives, perhaps it was inevitable that this would eventually include medical testing. So which tests — if any — are worth doing?More
A traumatic experience served as a turning point for Dr John McKenna, who no longer works long shifts or in stressful environments, says Margaret Jennings.More
Q. Recently I have noticed my sleep is disturbed. I am waking up early and several times throughout the night. What can I do?More
The Hip-Operation Crew, with an average age of 81, prove that age is no barrier to reaching the world championships, says Margaret Jennings.More
GIVEN the extent of environmentalist Duncan Stewart’s injuries when he fell from a tree near the Chernobyl reactor 12 years ago, it’s a surprise he is still standing, not to mind continuing to work at a dizzying speed.More
LIKE most, Margaret Underwood was aware of the importance of checking her breasts, feeling for lumps and bumps.More
If time is of the essence and you need to let loved ones know you’re in danger, this app will let you do just that.More
Q. I am a 24-year-old woman who is 12 weeks pregnant with her first baby. I am wondering what foods I should eat and what to avoid.More
Some days I head by train to meet healthcare staff in Dublin or in one of our 49 acute hospitals; other days I’m at my office at St Finbarr’s Hospital in Cork.
Former boxing promoter Frank Maloney plans to visit Irish matchmaker Willie Daly next week, but learning to be Kellie Maloney is her priority, says Margaret Jennings.More
WHETHER it’s butterflies when in love, nausea when nervous or the gut-wrenching feeling that comes with grief, our stomachs seem to sense what we’re feeling.More
Q. I put on a lot of weight during my pregnancy and, with my baby almost six months old, I have approximately a stone to lose.More
Ideally I like to walk the dog and drop my oldest to school before heading to work at the Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital on the Western Road, Cork where Health Promotion and Improvement is based.
SNIFFLE season is here — but how can you tell which virus you’ve got?More
Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, aged 85, is living a fuller life than most men a third of his age.More
I have recently started walking in an attempt to shed some baby weight. But, over the last month, I have begun experiencing a lot of pain in the soles of my feet. Why is this?More
Aromatherapy used to be a specialist interest but Margaret Jennings finds that older people are turning to it to combat everyday aches and pains.More
You don’t need to be a scout or an outdoor enthusiast to learn how to light fires without a match, build a shelter from basic materials or cook under the open sky, says Áilín Quinlan.More
I am going on a sun holiday this month but I’m fair-skinned and prone to burning. I have some moles on my back and arms. How should I check my moles?More
I tend to get up early and go for a run before cycling to work at Temple Street, where I specialise in treating children with cleft lip and/or palate.
WHILE it may sometimes seem that a failing memory is an inevitable part of growing older, it’s actually easier than you might think to get your brain’s cogs ticking over more smoothly.More
Psychologist Colm O’Connor invites us all to rise about the hardships of life, to hold on to hope and to show character, says Margaret Jennings.More
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.