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
Q. I took antibiotics for a chest infection two weeks ago. A few days ago, I developed red areas in my mouth, which are sore. What should I do?More
Ciara Cullen, chartered physiotherapist, tells us about her typical day.More
More and more of us are suffering from sleep deprivation. It could lead to impaired cognitive function, writes Helen O’Callaghan.More
Your attitude to ageing can determine how long you live. A new study shows that people who feel their age or older are more likely to die sooner, writes Margaret Jennings.More
The best way to deal with crippling anxiety attacks is to challenge the cause of the catastrophic thoughts, writes Áilín Quinlan.More
How diet can reduce your gallstone risk, writes Lisa Salmon.More
Last month I had laryngitis which lasted about a week. Is there any way to avoid it and, if I do get another dose, what is the best way to treat it?More
In Ireland about 200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. A significant number of cases can be prevented by smear tests, offered by CervicalCheck for free for women aged 25 to 60.More
Older men may still long for that one last fling, but they are more interested in love, friendship, and intimacy, writes Margaret Jennings.More
Q. I have suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome for a few years. I have improved through resting and good nutrition. Is there anything else I could take to get back to normal energy levels?More
Ber Caulfield-Waugh describes her day working as a civil marriage registrar for the HSE.More
<B>Abi Jackson </b>says we are in denial about our excessive drinking.More
FASHION is having a pro-ageing moment, following in the footsteps of its twin sister, the cosmetics industry, which upped the ante in promoting older women for their brands last year.More
My 20-year-old daughter has occasionally had painful periods but this is now happening more frequently. What would you suggest?More
A new documentary about people aged 100 and over challenges our beliefs about the aged, says Margaret Jennings.More
One of my sisters, who is in her 40s, has recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I don’t have the healthiest of lifestyles, so I wonder should I have my glucose checked?More
My big toes have been very painful recently. When I looked at my feet, the bone below my big toes seems to be sticking out.More
I like to wake early to fit in a 7km run before driving to work.
THEY already give us headaches, repetitive strain injury, memory loss, poor sleep, and possibly even cancer (well, according to some concerned critics).More
OLDER couples who are not living ‘happily ever after’ can end up heartbroken — literally — and women usually suffer the most, according to a new study.More
My husband who is aged 45 years has always snored. Recently I noticed that he seems to be holding his breath at times although he is still asleep. Should he go to his GP?More
I’m based at St Mary’s campus, formerly the orthopaedic hospital in Gurranabraher, Cork city, but I could be on the road to Kerry or Kilkenny or a community care area within the HSE South first thing in the morning.
ONE in three adults has high blood pressure. Linked with stroke, heart disease, vascular dementia and chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure is a major cause of premature death and disability.More
WHILE lots of emphasis — and fear — is put on the financial implications of retirement, many people are left unprepared for the other losses that can be experienced when they close the door on years of employment.More
I have always suffered from the cold, last winter it got worse and at times my fingers were freezing.More
THEY may be the windows to the soul, but eyes can also give a clear view of what’s occurring in less ethereal parts of the body. In fact, an eye test could reveal a life or death situation.More
Research finds people who reported drinking a standard can of fizzy drink per day had DNA changes typical of cells 4.6 years older.More
I’m lucky to live on the prom in Galway so I’m up at 6am for a brisk walk with the dog before heading to the office for 8am.
My husband’s feet have a tendency to sweat. In the last six months it seems to have got worse and I think it has worried him. Have you any suggestions?More
Get in the swim of things with this simple app. Set and track your goals for pool performance on a daily/ monthly basis.More
Margaret Jennings talks to twin sisters who are competing in Masters Athletics, winning competitions and accolades along the way.More
Q. Is there really such a thing as so-called ‘healthy’ salt, or is it all just a case of marketing hype to have us spend more money on everyday food items?More
I’m an early riser so I’m in our Tallaght office before 8.30am.
Barbara Currie was bitten by the yoga bug after her first class over 40 years ago. The fit and flexible 72-year-old still teaches 16 classes a week.More
Now that the days are shorter and darker, many people understandably feel a little miserable. But an estimated half a million of them aren’t just a little low — they have seasonal affective disorder (SAD).More
My baby is almost three months old and she cries every evening for about two hours and it can be difficult to soothe her. Could she have colic?More
A pioneering drug to treat an inherited cancer could be the beginning of personalised tumour treatments.More
STRESS is part of our programming, that automatic fight or flight response that helps us dash for cover when we spot danger, or knuckle down to get jobs done.More
Winter is here and suddenly everywhere people are sniffling, spluttering or complaining of feeling groggy and achy.More
Retirement isn’t an option for the many well-known octogenarians living life to the full. Dave Kenny looks at the older people with a spring in their step, who believe age is no barrier to a full life.More
Meditation and ‘knowing ourselves in a deeper way’ can reduce our anxieties and fears about getting old, and increase our acceptance.More
Since he started college this term, my 19-year-old son has been complaining of pain in his elbow. He tends to lean on his elbows and is probably doing that in lectures and when studying. The left elbow does look inflamed.More