Dr Gerry Kervick, consultant ophthalmologist with the Mater Hospital, explains what is involved with cataract surgery.More
Breakfast is minimal — cereal and orange juice — before saying goodbye to the three kids, 13-year-old twin daughters and an 11-year-old son.
Childhood cancer is very rare — but not as rare as it used to be.More
Jim Roche, who recently completed an Age Action computer course, talks to Margaret Jennings about learning to use the internet and the new worlds it has opened for him.More
I have an early start so I like to wake my three girls — 12-year-old twins Rachel and Keelin and 14-year-old Ellie — before heading to my office based on the campus at St James’s Hospital.
You may never reach the heights of a professional performer, but learning to play a musical instrument in later life is a great mental workout, says Margaret Jennings.More
A BUSY brain can mean a hungry body. We often seek food after focused mental activity, like preparing for an exam or poring over spreadsheets.More
IN THE WRONG: Doctors often get it wrong when predicting how long terminally ill people have left to live, new research suggests.More
We can all benefit from getting those endorphins pumping, that natural high that comes from moving.More
Pilates has proven benefits for sufferers of neurological conditions, as well as the more common postural alignment benefits.More
Aileen Flynn is a clinical specialist chartered physiotherapist and sees a lot of people with neck and back pain.More
Margaret Jennings talks to the facilitator of a programme aimed at helping older people to create a positive outlook.More
Despite many of our instincts to do something — anything — when we hurt, the cheapest and most efficacious treatment for tennis elbow could turn out to be time.More
GENDER BIAS: A study by Michigan State University found that older men who had sex once a week or more were twice as likely to have cardiovascular episodes five years later than men who were not sexually active.More
As part of Culture Night Cork City, on September 16, Scrubs the Cork University Hospital Workplace choir and special guests will give a musical performance in the atrium of the Cardiac Renal Unit between 5pm and 6.30pm.More
Gentle exercise building up to a more vigorous regime can prove beneficial for those with dodgy backs, says Lisa Salmon.More
I like to get the house organised before I leave: empty the dishwasher, put on the washing machine and enjoy quiet time.
So what do you need to know about salt intake? We’ve done some salt myth-busting to point you in the right direction...More
Your glasses can say as much about you and your attitude to ageing as the clothes and accessories you wear each day, says Margaret Jennings.More
BED BOOST: Statins taken to reduce cholesterol can give men a boost in the bedroom by improving erections, researchers have found.More
One of the most wonderful things you can do is to sit back on a beautiful clear night and take in the night sky.More
Dr Bernadette Carr says that it is recommended children have at least 60 minutes of activity a day.More
I drag myself out of bed, have breakfast, feed the cat and say goodbye to my girlfriend before heading for work.
It’s not just heavy smokers who need to be aware of lung cancer symptoms, says Abi Jackson.More
Margaret Jennings reports on why it’s important to manage your money well so you don’t get caught out.More
PROSTATE RESEARCH: Researchers from Belfast and London have joined forces to test a new treatment for prostate cancer.More
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Around one in 10 adults has irritable bowel syndrome, and avoiding dietary triggers is a key part of managing symptoms.
Dr Bernadette Carr says some simple and easy tips can be incorporated easily into your daily routine to help you lose weight.More
We are early risers so I usually have the company of one of my three boys over a cup of coffee.
An enduring gusty attitude drives actress Judi Dench, who continues to look for new challenges in her 80s, says Margaret Jennings.More
DEPRESSION PAIN: Partners of people with depression are more likely to suffer from chronic pain, a new study suggests.More
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If you’re driving to Europe, this TomTom model could be just the accessory you need.
Dr Bernadette Carr says there are a number of ways to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and stop leaks from happening.More
With an eight-year-old son, the day usually gets underway with the kind of question kids specialise in — why is the sky blue etc.
Margaret Jennings explores senior sexuality and speaks with author Joan Price who says good sex when you get older is about mindset and believe it or not, re-education.More
INSIDE LOOK: Tens of millions are invested into Parkinson’s disease research every year but we still don’t know where it starts.More
You’re bored? At home? On bus? On train? With friends? Check out this most realistic of makeover apps which will make you laugh out loud.More
Dr Bernadette Carr says that as many as one in 10 people may have rosacea.More
I am an early riser and give myself plenty of time to get to the scheduled location to set up for the day.
Getting a poor night’s sleep can have a huge effect on our health, while the menopause itself can already have us feeling drained, writes Margaret Jennings.More
IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE that most people diagnosed with cancer will want to ensure they’re getting the best treatment available.More
FISH OILS BOOST HEART ATTACK RECOVERY: High doses of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can aid recovery from a heart attack, say scientists.More
What better way to spend a Saturday morning than indulging in mindfulness, Tai Chi, yoga and meditation with Michelle Gupta?More
Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on how to deal with an ingrown toenail and how to get a good night’s sleep.More
Our office is on Camden St in Dublin city centre and I live close by so I walk.
Dehydration could be putting you at risk of kidney stones.More
We have no qualms about age-related vision loss, but are slow to react when our ears fails us, despite the threat this poses to our safety and social lifes, writes Margaret Jennings.More
MOVE IT: An hour of moderate physical activity per day is enough to cancel out the deadly effect of sitting behind an office desk or watching TV, research has shown.More
Want to find out how our track and field stars are performing in Rio?More
Dr Bernadette Carr advices on what to do if you suffer from migrains and how to avoid iron deficiency anaemia.More
Fridays begin at St James Hospital, Dublin, where I take part in ‘grand rounds’.
After suffering for years with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Zoe Salmon-Corrie found relief by taking over-the-counter probiotics.More
They are our main mode of transport, covering 128,000km in an average lifetime — all the more reason to pamper our ageing trotters, says Margaret Jennings.More
HAVE you ever pulled a sickie? If so, you’re not the only one.More
EARLY TO BED: Parents now have another reason to send children to bed early.More
Short for ‘Simply Work It’, this app aims to get you doing just that.More
Dr Bernadette Carr says that many ear infections are mild, self- limiting illnesses and will often not require antibiotics.More
One of my three small boys usually wakes when I do, so I deposit him in our bedroom with his Mum before leaving.
AbFab hellraisers Eddie and Patsy know the value of friendship. Margaret Jennings looks at the links between female friendship and wellbeing.More
TENNIS is one of the most popular sports in the world — both in terms of spectator figures and participation.More
COUNTING CALORIES: Focusing too much on reducing sugar intake might detract from a need to cut down on fat, experts have said.More
Developed by a team of Australian psychologists, this app has the mental health of young people in mind.More
Dr Bernadette Carr says the best way to avoid insect bites is a combination of insect repellent and covering your skin.More
I check emails and messages to see if anything came in overnight that needs an immediate response.
IT CAN be hard to get through the day without a snack or two, and all too often those snacks come in the unhealthy form of biscuits, cakes or crisps.More
Half of Irish men do not know that testosterone deficiency (TD) is a medical condition — even though many may be living with it, writes Margaret Jennings.More
TUBE STATIONARY: Lying down after fertility treatment with intrauterine insemination (IUI) has no effect on the chance of falling pregnant, a study suggests.More
Kick start the day with this audio yoga app that acts like an alarm clock.More
ARE you sitting down to read this? If so, then start fidgeting, moving your feet, your shoulders, your ankles. Better still, stand up.More
Dr Bernadette Carr gives advice on how to avoid getting food poisoning while on holiday and explains how to recognise sciatic pain.More
My office is in Drogheda, but my day often starts in Dundalk as The Genesis Programme is a consortium of 50+ organisations working with children, families and communities in Dundalk and Drogheda.
Margaret Jennings explores the health benefits of having pets for the over 55s, from connecting with others and greater wellbeing to reduced blood pressureMore
OUTSMARTING CANCER: The number of cases of ovarian cancer could be reduced if more at-risk women were offered pre-emptive surgery, experts have said.More
Carrigtwohill Open Gardens takes place tomorrow from 10am-4pm in aid of the Cork Association for Autism.More
Kate Arnold on dealing with constipation while on vacation.More
Sharon Ní Chonchúir talks to a woman who responded to the empty nest syndrome by opening up her Clontarf home to guests using the Airbnb rental service.More
I am a woman in my 40s and last year on holidays I got a rash on my neck. I think it was prickly heat. I will be going away in a couple of weeks and wonder if you have any suggestions?More
The trad singing legend attributes his longevity to a simple diet, regular walks, and a vigilant GP, he tells Sharon Ní Chonchúir.More
Abi Jackson recommends tucking into some fresh, raw garlic.More
A new national autism registry offers a glimmer of hope to families who battle to access state services for their children and face long waiting lists, writes Helen O’Callaghan.More
My 16-year-old daughter has a couple of small patches of acne on her face. This has just happened recently and she is very self-conscious and embarrassed. Should she try some over-the-counter preparations?More
Resistance is far from futile when it comes to ageing says Margaret Jennings. By introducing just a small amount of strength training into your weekly routine you can lengthen your life by several years.More
Q. 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. He is reluctant to visit his GP, but as he is a little overweight I think he should have this checked out.More
A day in the life of consultant cardiologist Heiko Kindler.
Most of us can’t remember what we had for lunch yesterday but if you’re diabetic, you don’t have the luxury of not paying attention to what you eat.More
Interstitial cystitis is often misunderstood, writes Sharon Ní Chonchúir.More
Your weekly guide to some health stories making headlines online.More
What can you do if you suffer bad pains in the soles of your feet? And the ABCDE checklist when examining moles.More
An American blogger is chronicling the lives of people over 60 who defy ageism by dressing in anything but beige, writes Margaret Jennings.More
With hospitals operating over capacity, our nurse-led service is designed to support patients in the community thereby reducing unnecessary admissions and facilitating early discharge.
MIGRAINE MARKERS: Women who experience migraines are also more likely to suffer from major heart problems, a new study has found.More
This clever app takes its cue from your pace, selecting music to match it — beat by beat.More
Does a ‘sweet-tooth’ lead to diabetes and does a cold lead to an ear infection? Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions.More
My husband drops the two younger kids to school. The eldest is studying medicine in Galway.
Putting on weight as we age is not just an issue of vanity, it also increases the risk of being diagnosed with cancer, says Margaret Jennings.More
DO you often wake up with a mysteriously aching jaw? Have a habit of clenching your face when you’re tense, anxious or angry?More
VAPING INCREASE: The number of people who have tried e-cigarettes almost doubled in two years.More
Too busy to go to the gym? Then check out this app that offers a personalised workout no matter where you are.More
Dr Bernadette Carr gives advice on food cravings during pregnancy and what to do when there is a history of thyroid problems in your family.More
Our alarm clock is our two-year-old son. My husband and I start the day with him. By 8.15am, we are on the road to work and crèche.
A new movement aims to support people as they make the transition into older age. Margaret Jennings talks to its founder.More
Take protein within 30 minutes after completing a workout.More
PLASTIC PADDING: Exposure in the womb to a common chemical used in plastic water bottles and food cans may predispose babies to obesity, research suggests.More
Gearing up for the Cork City Marathon or a local 10k run?More
Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on fungal infections and Viking disease or Celtic hand.More
I park up at the office, in Ballsbridge, and go for a 30-minute run around the back of the Aviva Stadium and along the Dodder, four mornings a week.
Yoga and meditation are more effective than memory exercises for combating the mental decline that often precedes Alzheimer’s, research has shown.
LOTS of us have wondered at some point or other whether we could have a thyroid problem, but is it something you’ve ever actually discussed with your GP?More
A physician says we are in denial about death and have unrealistic expectations of what hospitals can deliver at the end of life. Margaret Jennings reports.More
Keep on top of your pregnancy with this health and wellbeing app.More
People with epilepsy often encounter a lack of awareness in the workplace. Some don’t even get as far as securing a job because of their condition, says Áilín Quinlan.More
Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on weight gain during pregnancy and how to build up your energy levels after food poisoning.More
After eight hours’ sleep every night I take a few moments for meditation.
Dorrie Jacobson is 81 years old and doesn’t believe in ‘measuring’ life in decades, says Margaret Jennings.More
THE gut-wrenching nausea that hits when you receive bad news, the palpitations and sweaty palms you get when you’re nervous. We’ve probably all experienced these physical reactions to psychological triggers at some point.More
AGEING GENES: Researchers have unlocked part of the secret to youthful looks by identifying a gene variation which is linked to how old people are perceived to be.More
Forget the notebook and pen, get hyper organised with this task manager app.More
Find out if your child has a phobia or just a simple fear, and if nosebleeds are a common problem for young children.More
My attitude to the morning is this: Whatever task I’m half-dreading on the Luas on the way in, this is the one I have to get down to first. Until then — no coffee!
DOTTED around rooms, houseplants are pretty to look at and add colour and charm — but their credentials don’t end there.More
BEDROOM SPARKS: People who say they have experienced “fireworks” in the bedroom may not be completely exaggerating.More