Your Health

Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on shoulder pain and squinting

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?

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The face can reveal a lot about our health

Puffy eyes and dark shadows may be telltale signs of tiredness but can our faces reveal more about our health, writes Abi Jackson.

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Brendan Shine’s main purpose is to bring happiness

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.

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Why a sunscreen can put your health in the shade

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.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on menopause and knee pain

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. 

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Working life: Caitriona McPartlin, clinic manager at ReproMed Ireland.

6:30am
My working day is incredibly varied. 

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Get to the root of your health problem with herbs

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.

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Dr Bernadette Carr: Is there a difference between pharyngitis and laryngitis?

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.

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Working life: Dr Sandra Cummings, audiological scientist

9am
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.

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Octogenarian Helen Ruth Van Winkle is an internet sensation among all age groups

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.

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Ways to stay cool when you get hot under the collar

It might be common to promote the virtues of clearing the air by venting your rage, but in most instances it makes things worse.

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

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. 

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Working Life: Pamela Fagan

Early morning
It may be a cliché, but no two days are the same. 

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We need to understand allergies

IN December 2013, the people of Ireland learned a hard lesson in how serious allergic reactions to food can be. 

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All in their stride: Kay and Joe O'Regan, 79-year-old marathon runners from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, who are planning to run their final marathon in Cork next year.

Couple plan to finish the Cork City Marathon hand in hand for 80th birthdays

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.

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

There has been an outbreak of chickenpox in my daughter’s crèche, what symptoms should I watch out for?

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Working life: Cathy Shortt, clinical nurse

7.15am
I take the dogs for a brisk walk before heading to work where emails and patient blood reports are first on the agenda. 

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Eat your way through the menopause

Older women face many challenges due to hormonal changes, but good nutrition will help, says Margaret Jennings.

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How to tackle spots as an adult

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?

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Figuring out the time to let kids take responsibility for themselves

Over-protected children are often stressed out by college life because they lack autonomy, writes Áilín Quinlan.

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New path lies ahead for Irish radio legend Donncha O Dulaing

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.

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Delving into the business interests of Ireland’s must famous faces

NEVER let it be said that Kathryn Thomas isn’t a stranger to hard work. 

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The bad effects of snacking may surprise you

YOU might imagine that giant chocolate bar would bring some much-needed comfort at the end of a long and stressful day. 

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Heartburn can be serious. Here are 8 ways to minimize it

Heartburn is not always harmless, says Sharon Ní Chonchúir. 

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

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?

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Wisdom of the ages: how to live to 100

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 people    

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

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. 

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Sitting pretty? Slouching is cosy but damaging

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.

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Siobhan Ryan

The Shape I’m In: Siobhan Ryan, broadcast meteorologist

SIOBHAN RYAN’S classmates and college friends remind her that she always wanted to be a broadcast meteorologist.

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Suicide or Survive, free app

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.

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Tony Fenton

In the news - online

 

Support for men: The death of radio DJ Tony Fenton has brought prostate cancer into the news. 

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Open road: Multi-skilled Jack Kelleher is also mechanic for the Clonakilty Bike Festival. He is seen here, centre, with committee members (l-r): Justin Grounds, Cathy Sharma, Majella Deasy, Alison Roberts and Angela Larkin.

Meet the man who at 72 is cycling around the world

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.

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Derval O’Rourke: First 1,000 days vital for babies nutrition

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.

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

I had a cold two weeks ago and although it has gone, I have a runny, itchy nose. What should I do?

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Working life: Dr Barry O’Reilly

Monday
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.

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Rosemary Smith

Rosemary Smith is still motoring through life at full speed

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.

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

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.

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Working life: Dr Valerie Tsang, paediatrics

8.50am
Today I’m on 24-hour call, which means I can’t leave the hospital during that time.

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Chic look: Actress Meryl Streep was voted one of the top 10 sexiest women over the age of 60.

Older women prove time is on their side

The myths associated with ageing, often targetting women, are not only mean-spirited, they are also inaccurate. Margaret Jennings sets the record straight.

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

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.

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PJ Cooke

Working life: PJ Cooke, public health nurse

7am
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. 

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Jane Fonda on the challenges of growing older

Despite a hip and knee operation, actress Jane Fonda has no intention of kicking back as she approaches her 80th birthday, says Margaret Jennings.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions

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!

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Working Life: Vicki Cleary, liaison nurse

7.30am — 8am
As an oncology liaison nurse for women with gynaecological cancer, my starting time varies. 

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How to keep dementia at bay

Julianne Moore is thrilled to be able to shine a light on Alzheimer’s.

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More power to your hormones with age

Once the hot flushes and mood swings are over, women can look forward to a testosterone-fuelled, liberated phase of life, says Margaret Jennings.

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

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?

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Working life: Dr Rosarie Crowley, psychologist

8.30am
Ten minutes of mindfulness helps to set me up for the day ahead at Teach Mhuire, in Mayfield, Cork.

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Small and frequent acts of kindness can help build long-term relationships

Been in a monogamous relationship for decades but boredom has set in? It doesn’t have to be that way, says Margaret Jennings.

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

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?

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Working life: Eithne Barden, medical scientist

8am: I work in a very busy team-based laboratory environment in the Mercy Hospital where each day brings a different challenge. 

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It’s never too late for older people to tackle personal issues

A new book by Operation Transformation’s Dr Eddie Murphy helps older people to come to terms with emotional struggles, says Margaret Jennings.

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

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?

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Working life: Melissa Byrne, community dietitian, HSE South

8.30am
My days vary. I could be in the office, or running a clinic or facilitating a group session. 

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Be wary of detox pitfalls

It’s vital to stick to healthy eating habits, says Abi Jackson.

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Make-up is an art and a bit of subtle creativity can work wonders

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.

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I’m pregnant - Can I get the flu vaccine?

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?

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Working Life: Niamh Connor, nurse manager

Niamh Connor, nurse manager at Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin, tells us about her typical day.

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Raynaud’s - The little-known condition that affects 1 in 10 people

Nel Staveley on Raynaud’s - a condition which affects 10% of population.

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Dr Bernadette Carr is here to answer your questions

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?

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Working life with chartered physiotherapist Ciara Cullen

Ciara Cullen, chartered physiotherapist, tells us about her typical day.  

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Here's why a good night's sleep is so important ... and how to get it

More and more of us are suffering from sleep deprivation. It could lead to impaired cognitive function, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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Feeling younger than your age? Study proves you’ll live longer

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.           

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How to cope with anxiety attacks

The best way to deal with crippling anxiety attacks is to challenge the cause of the catastrophic thoughts, writes Áilín Quinlan.

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Gallstones: How a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk

How diet can reduce your gallstone risk, writes Lisa Salmon.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions

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?

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Working life: Professor Ronan O’Sullivan

6.45am
I’m up early to help with the babies.

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Information is power in fight against cancer

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.

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It’s never too late to find love of your life

Older men may still long for that one last fling, but they are more interested in love, friendship, and intimacy, writes Margaret Jennings.

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Health advice with Dr Bernadette Carr

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?

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Working life: Ber Caulfield-Waugh

Ber Caulfield-Waugh describes her day working as a civil marriage registrar for the HSE.

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Writer Ann Dowsett Johnston advises others on alcohol use

<B>Abi Jackson </b>says we are in denial about our excessive drinking.

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Joan Didion

Fashion houses finally show awareness of an ageing population

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.

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Period pain: symtoms and resolutions

My 20-year-old daughter has occasionally had painful periods but this is now happening more frequently. What would you suggest?

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Bessie Nolan proves that life need not be such a drag

A new documentary about people aged 100 and over challenges our beliefs about the aged, says Margaret Jennings.

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