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DAY BY DAY: Damien O'Carroll at the Acquired Brain Injury regional office, Castleisland, Co, Kerry.

Damien O’Carroll is a miracle man

DAMIEN O’CARROLL was living the dream in Australia until the nightmare happened.

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Silver screen: The Love Punch, starring l-r Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Emma Thompson, and Pierce Brosnan is one of a host of new movies for oldies which have hit the big screen in recent years.

Lights, camera, action attract an older audience to the silver screen

An increasing number of films are being made for the 50 plus market, and the trend is set to grow, says Margaret Jennings. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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We complain that we are overwhelmed by chores, but we have gained five hours per week free time since the 1960s.

We're not squeezed for time, we're just not managing it properly

Because being busy is a badge of honour now, we underestimate the number of hours we have to ourselves, says Áilín Quinlan.

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NOTE: The information contained in Dr Bernadette Carr's column is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a doctor.

How do I treat scarlet fever?

* Two children in my daughter’s crèche have been diagnosed with scarlet fever in the last week.

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United couple: Betty and Patrick Carmody at their daughter's wedding last year.

The cruel road of motor neurone disease

PATRICK CARMODY could not walk his daughter up the aisle on her wedding day last year.

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Fabulous fifties: With age women become more confident and continue to enjoy being sexual.

Frisky business at every stage of life

IRISH women in their 50s and upwards are having great sex, but can struggle to feel attractive in an image-driven society.

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De-clutter physically and mentally to put a spring in your step

Spring is the perfect time to dust off the cobwebs, but our minds can benefit from a good de-clutter and polish too, says Abi Jackson.

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NOTE: The information contained in Dr Bernadette Carr's column is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a doctor.

Questions to ask your GP about cholesterol

I recently had my cholesterol checked as part of the occupation health programme run at work. It was 6.5 but I hadn’t fasted before the test.

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Passionate life: Garry Hynes says she don't feel any less enthusiastic about life than when she was in her 20s.

Artistic director Garry Hynes stays centre stage

Garry Hynes co-founded Druid in the 1970s, and is not going to stop and rest on her laurels yet. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Rising star: Dublin GAA footballer Paul Flynn also works for the national airline, Aer Lingus.

Shape I'm In: Paul Flynn, GAA footballer

DUBLIN GAA footballer Paul Flynn is flying high. Seven months ago, he joined Aer Lingus in employee engagement, working across all the different functions, with managers and employees.

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Eye opener: Eye tests not only monitor sight but can detect other diseases.

Get regular eye checkups to prevent vision loss

EYE tests don’t just assess the need for glasses. They can also detect health problems, like tumours and diabetes.

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Lifestyle changes will help reduce blood pressure

* I had a chest infection recently and visited my GP. He measured my blood pressure, it was 145/95.

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Helping hand: Temple Grandin is concerned education system may be ignoring unique minds of autistic children.

Wider issue: We need to be more aware of autism

IF a new colleague seems unfriendly, sticks rigidly to a routine and doesn’t get your sarcastic jokes, don’t immediately dismiss them as weird. They may be autistic. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Can a mental workout stop aging brains?

Brain training apps and games are hugely popular but can they stop our brains ageing, asks Margaret Jennings. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Steps to help clear your baby’s nappy rash

* My eight-month-old son has developed severe nappy rash which is upsetting him.

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Essential oiling: Don't be afraid to take time out to care for your body and soul.

Grab some time for yourself each day

Abi Jackson talks to health experts about their time-out routines.

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Reaching out: Donor ambassador Mary Kennedy with the 'forget-me-not flower', part of a fundraising drive for the Irish Kidney Association.

RTÉ's Mary Kennedy on embracing the ageing process

IT’S the question many are tempted to ask a woman who’s ageing gracefully on our television screens: has she had a little bit of ‘help’? This story is enriched with multi-media content

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NOTE: The information contained in Dr Bernadette Carr's column is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a doctor.

How to deal with hand, foot and mouth disease

¦ I have got a letter from the crèche saying there has been an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease.

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Cholesterol lowering statins 'have almost no side effects'

Cholesterol-lowering statins have almost no side-effects, with patients experiencing fewer adverse symptoms than when taking a dummy drug, researchers say.

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Fighting back: Antibiotics can eradicate bubonic and pneumonic plague.

'Bacteria that caused the Black Death are still a threat'

THE plague, the rodent-borne infection that killed half the population of Europe during the 14th century’s Black Death, still afflicts thousands of people every year.

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Young at heart: Mairead Devlin, with puppet 'Paddy Gillespie', and Mary O'Driscoll, from the Carnation Theatre Company.

Third Age: Playtime once again as Carnation Theatre performs to nursing home residents

FIVE years ago, Mairead Devlin and her friend, Mary O’Driscoll, formed a small theatre company to perform plays in nursing and care homes, and to encourage the residents to get involved.

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Despite decades of research no male contraceptive ready for market

NOT long before Christmas, newspapers, radio stations and TV networks were abuzz with some exciting news: the male pill could soon be a reality.

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NOTE: The information contained in Dr Bernadette Carr's column is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a doctor.

Husbands elbow pain may be medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)

My 50-year-old husband has been complaining of pain in his right elbow for the last few weeks.

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Deep down: You don't have to go into a meditative pose to take deep cleansing breaths throughout the day.

Breathing is a simple means of reducing anxiety

ARE you increasingly impatient and irritable? Maybe your palms sweat and your pulse rate rises?

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Stepping forward: Joe Crowley will walk 32 counties in aid of St Vincent De Paul, to promote exercise, and to grieve his late wife.

Widower plans 32 marathons in 32 weeks in 32 counties

NEXT Saturday, Joe Crowley, 61, a pharmacist from Killorglin, Co Kerry, will begin his challenge of a lifetime.

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NOTE: The information contained in Dr Bernadette Carr's column is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a doctor.

Has my mother another cataract in her eye?

¦ My mother, who is in her 60s, had cataract surgery in her right eye about 18 months ago.

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Bitter pill: When doctor's orders are not followed regarding taking medication it can have dangerous ramifications.

Risky business of not following doctors' orders

Thousands of people in Ireland take long-term medication for chronic health conditions.

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Older style: Jerry Hall before cutting her long hair down to a 'lob'.

Hall shows age-old style rules apply to hair too

Shorn of her trademark long hair, Jerry Hall is once again turning heads. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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NOTE: The information contained in Dr Bernadette Carr's column is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a doctor.

Is my teenage daughter depressed?

* My 13-year-old daughter seems very down, but I don’t know whether it’s just normal teenage angst, or actual depression.

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Hidden hero: Patrick O Reilly, Irish Rugby Team bagman at a training session in Clonmel Rugby Club.

The hidden hero of the Irish Rugby team

AS the Irish rugby team runs down the tunnel at Twickenham tomorrow afternoon, to take on England in the Six Nations Championship, their bagman, Patrick O’Reilly, will be standing in the wings, holding his breath and praying for a famous victory.

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At a stretch: Happiness is most often present in the appreciation of small moments, rather than in milestone events.

Boost your wellbeing by keeping mementos of happy moments

PRECIOUS everyday moments make us as happy as dream holidays or milestones like weddings or births, and we should keep mementoes of them, too.

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Super food: Folate is not just essential for a healthy pregnancy, but low levels may contribute towards a higher risk of stomach cancer and heart disease.

Folate: essential for a healthy pregnancy and general wellbeing

FOLATE is essential for a healthy pregnancy and key to our overall health.

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NOTE: The information contained in Dr Bernadette Carr's column is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a doctor.

Breastfeeding will protect your baby from allergies

¦ I have food allergies and want to reduce the risk of my newborn baby developing them. Is this possible?

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Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford.

Marriage secrets from the celebs

Sex, honesty, going for coffee together — take some tips from the stars.

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NOTE: The information contained in Dr Bernadette Carr's column is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a doctor.

Encourge your child to exercise

¦ I’m concerned my son isn’t active enough and recently he’s been complaining of back pain. Could there be a link between the two?

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Glass act: A shot of Vit C is a good tonic and B12 helps vegans, but a good diet is best.

The pop culture of vitamins

Vitamins work as supplements, but are not a cure on their own.

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Facing her fear: Deirdre Hegarty's advice to anyone who is worried about any lumps or strange-looking blemishes is to have it checked out immediately.

Keeping cancer out in the open

The National Cancer Registry predicts that the incidence of cancer in Ireland will double by 2040.

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Ready to respond: Lucinda McNerney with her children Aoife, Dervla and Oisin — in case of emergencies there is a defibrillator at home.

Raising awareness on genetic heart conditions

Lucinda McNerney didn’t know she had a genetic heart condition until she suffered cardiac arrest while in hospital for a sore throat. Now she is raising awareness of the importance of screening.

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Nail biting is a common problem for children and adults

¦ My nine-year-old daughter has recently started to bite her nails.

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Life line: Lifeboat volunteer Eugene Keogh has been saving lives since 1977.

Third Age: On the high seas of life

Eugene Kehoe has manned lifeboats for 36 years. It all began with tragedy, says Rachel Borrill.

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Only human: While most GPs have seen every ailment and heard every complaint, they do not have all the answers.

Doctor on call

Lisa Salmon talks to Dr Daniels about life as a family GP.

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Reducing the pain of bunions

I’m in my 30s and have bunions, which get quite painful from time to time.

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Fresh start: Experts recommend eating as many different-coloured fruit and vegetables as possible.

Sunny side up

Eating a Mediterranean diet could prevent illness.

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Gerry hopes to inspire others to quit smoking.

Third Age: Reflection on my life as a smoker

Ex-GAA star, Gerry Collins, is new face of anti-smoking ads after terminal diagnosis.

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I can be a control freak

Hypnotist and self-help guru Paul McKenna has made a living out of helping people control their emotions, but he reveals to Gabrielle Fagan how he’s been at the mercy of his own.

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Helping your baby with the 'snuffles'

¦ My four-month-old baby seems to have a blocked nose. She seems happy and doesn’t have a temperature but I am worried. What should I do?

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Rich pickings: Foods such as red meat have high levels of purine, which is responsible for the production of uric acid, the key component in gout.

Gout is a very painful condition`

HISTORICALLY seen as an illness that punishes over-indulgers, guilty of lapping up too much red wine and gorging on a meat-rich diet, gout has been treated as a bit of a joke.

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Dealing with weight gain during the menopause

I recently went through the menopause and I have now discovered that I’m putting on weight, and it is mostly around my middle.

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Sleep patterns can affect your personality and level of success

ARE you an owl or a lark? Most of us fall into one or the other category and think little of the implications but the time you snuggle down under your duvet say scientists could have a huge effect on your life.

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Vinnie Jones, 48, has had three operations to remove cancerous growths on his face and head.

Skin-cancer risk even while skiing

Sunscreen is crucial on a winter holiday, and snow reflection has unique risks, says Rachel Borrill.

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I QUIT: In order to give up smoking you have to understand why it is so important to.

Motivation and wanting to change behaviour

ARE your New Year resolutions beginning to fall by the wayside already? It could have a lot to do with your motivation.

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How much weight is safe to gain during pregnancy

I’m 22 weeks pregnant and have put on weight quickly: ten pounds.

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Happy times: Having a good social network is a buffer against the damaging effects of disappointment and setbacks in life.

Look on the bright side this new year

CHEER UP! Smile! It’s a new year!

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Neil Delamere's world of comic relief

Neil Delamere says laughter eases tension.

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Is your body ageing well?

THERE is little doubt that we are living longer but the real question is, are we living well?

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Mould hazard

WHETHER it’s a few pesky patches in the corners of the shower or around window frames, or black tides spreading up the living room walls, lots of people notice some degree of damp and mould in their homes.

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NOTE: The information contained in Dr Bernadette Carr's column is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a doctor.

My child has a cold and crusts on his eylids

¦ My two-year-old has a cold and is waking in the morning with crusts on his eyelids. Is this conjunctivitis and how should I treat it?

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Third Age: Linda Martin loves being a pantomime star

THE panto season is here once again, and Eurovision winner Linda Martin is loving it.

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Taking the headache out of party season

Follow the survival strategies outlined here and you’ll enjoy a Christmas and New Year hangover-free, while keeping additional calories to a minimum.

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The xmas factor

CHRISTMAS is an opportunity to look after our health. Our physical and mental health matter equally, as does the health of our relationships.

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Home alone: For some, a chat with a volunteer from the help line helps relieve the loneliness of Christmas.

Telephone service eases loneliness

The Senior Help Line provides an important service for elderly people in Ireland, says Rachel Borrill.

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Looking back: Not spending enough time with loved ones tops the list of common regrets.

Achieve fulfilment by banishing regrets

AS a counsellor Suzie Hayman is familiar with the wide range of woes that trouble the human mind. One of the most frequent and universal of these is regret.

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Shadow world: Understand your dreams and you understand yourself.

A dream life

The imagery of sleep is an insight into our lives, says Abi Jackson.

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The second annual Angela Awards, which celebrates the work of the European film industry, takes place next Sunday in Kilkenny and will be hosted by actress Pauline McLynn.

Get up and go

The Irish Haemochromatosis Association is holding an information meeting at 7.30pm in the Maryborough Hotel, Douglas, Cork, next Tuesday.

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Time of year: Some studies show that an intake of extra vitamin D can help improve our immune system.

D best way to stay healthy this winter

Keep colds and the flu at bay with a daily dose of the sunshine vitamin, says Rachel Borrill.

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See your GP if concerned about breast lumps

My sister was recently diagnosed with cysts in her breasts. Does this mean she is more likely to develop breast cancer?

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Dealing with acne during menstrual cycle

>>My teenage daughter suffers from acne, which worsens when she has her periods.

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