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
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 peopleMore
I am a woman in my 30s. Recently, I have been tired all the time, feeling cold and although I eat a healthy diet, I have put on weight.More
OUR sofa and its comfy cushions look inviting at the end of a long day. So inviting that we spend our entire evenings on the sofa, slouched as we watch the TV or curled up with our favourite books and magazines.More
SIOBHAN RYAN’S classmates and college friends remind her that she always wanted to be a broadcast meteorologist.More
The Irish mental health charity, Suicide or Survive, has launched an app to provide people with the tools to improve, manage and maintain their mental well-being.More
Support for men: The death of radio DJ Tony Fenton has brought prostate cancer into the news.More
Margaret Jennings meets a retired judge whose love of cycling has led him to embark on a six-month round-the-world bike and sea trip.More
As a world-class athlete, a high-performance diet was always part of Derval O’Rourke’s regime, but now as she is about to become a mum, she is focussed on healthy eating during pregnancy, says Clodagh Finn.More
I had a cold two weeks ago and although it has gone, I have a runny, itchy nose. What should I do?More
Following a busy weekend on-call in the maternity hospital, I have a clinic Monday morning where I see women at various stages in their pregnancy and women of all ages with a range of gynaecological complaints.
Rosemary Smith beat the men in the 1960s when women were considered arm candy in motorsports, and off the road she has survived heartache and being “stony broke”, says Margaret Jennings.More
My husband and I are both in our 50s. We have both put on weight in the last couple of years and I think certainly my husband (and possibly me) has high blood pressure.More
Today I’m on 24-hour call, which means I can’t leave the hospital during that time.
The myths associated with ageing, often targetting women, are not only mean-spirited, they are also inaccurate. Margaret Jennings sets the record straight.More
I am a woman in my 50s. I’ve recently started to get leg cramps when I am in bed. This happens two or three times a week.More
Mornings are organised chaos. With four children ranging in age from three to 18, myself and my wife, who also works fulltime, are up early to try and get everyone out on time to the childminder, to school, and to work.
Despite a hip and knee operation, actress Jane Fonda has no intention of kicking back as she approaches her 80th birthday, says Margaret Jennings.More
I am a woman in my 50s and an enthusiastic gardener. I now have two sore and swollen knees. A friend suggested I might have housemaid’s knee!More
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As an oncology liaison nurse for women with gynaecological cancer, my starting time varies.
Julianne Moore is thrilled to be able to shine a light on Alzheimer’s.More
Once the hot flushes and mood swings are over, women can look forward to a testosterone-fuelled, liberated phase of life, says Margaret Jennings.More
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?More
Ten minutes of mindfulness helps to set me up for the day ahead at Teach Mhuire, in Mayfield, Cork.
Been in a monogamous relationship for decades but boredom has set in? It doesn’t have to be that way, says Margaret Jennings.More
Q. I caught my hand in a door a week ago. It was sore at the time and yesterday I noticed a bruise underneath one of my fingernails. Will it fade on its own?More
8am: I work in a very busy team-based laboratory environment in the Mercy Hospital where each day brings a different challenge.More
A new book by Operation Transformation’s Dr Eddie Murphy helps older people to come to terms with emotional struggles, says Margaret Jennings.More
Q. I am a woman in my 30s. I’ve noticed that the skin on my face gets very red at times particularly in the cold weather and after having a hot drink. Could this be rosacea and if so, what should I do?More
My days vary. I could be in the office, or running a clinic or facilitating a group session.
Older women who wear make-up look younger and are considered to be more competent and more trustworthy, but it must be applied properly, says Margaret Jennings.More
Q. I am 24 weeks pregnant. I had a dose of the flu last year and I am worried about getting it again. Can I get the flu vaccine?More
Niamh Connor, nurse manager at Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin, tells us about her typical day.More
Nel Staveley on Raynaud’s - a condition which affects 10% of population.More