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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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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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Healthy tips for dealing with diabetes

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?

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Take good care of your feet

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. 

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Working Life: Dr Dermot McCaffrey, consultant cardiologist, Beacon Hospital

6.40am
I like to wake early to fit in a 7km run before driving to work. 

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Leaning over your mobile phone can give you ’text neck’

THEY already give us headaches, repetitive strain injury, memory loss, poor sleep, and possibly even cancer (well, according to some concerned critics).

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When staying put can break your heart

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.

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VHI’s Dr Bernadette Carr

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?

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Working life: Angela Smiddy

8am
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. 

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Keep hypertension at bay with these tips

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.

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Staying socially active is important during retirement

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.     

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VHI’s Dr Bernadette Carr: cold fingers

I have always suffered from the cold, last winter it got worse and at times my fingers were freezing. 

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Eye exams can reveal a lot about your health

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.

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Sugary drinks linked to accelerated ageing

Research finds people who reported drinking a standard can of fizzy drink per day had DNA changes typical of cells 4.6 years older.

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Working life: Jenni Jones

8am
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.

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VHI’s Dr Bernadette Carr: sweaty feet and croup

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?

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Speedo Fit, free app

Get in the swim of things with this simple app. Set and track your goals for pool performance on a daily/ monthly basis.

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Twins going for gold

Margaret Jennings talks to twin sisters who are competing in Masters Athletics, winning competitions and accolades along the way.

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Q&A: Organic foods and salt

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?

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A Day in the Life: Sharon Vard

8am
I’m an early riser so I’m in our Tallaght office before 8.30am. 

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How yoga can keep you young

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.

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Tips on identifying if you have S.A.D and how to fight back

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).

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VHI’s Dr Bernadette Carr: Colic and difficulty sleeping

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?

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In the news: Inherited cancers

A pioneering drug to treat an inherited cancer could be the beginning of personalised tumour treatments. 

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STRESS: Signals of how we’ve reached our limit

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. 

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How to beat the sniffle season

Winter is here and suddenly everywhere people are sniffling, spluttering or complaining of feeling groggy and achy.

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80 is the new 50

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.

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Why ageing is all in the mindfulness

Meditation and ‘knowing ourselves in a deeper way’ can reduce our anxieties and fears about getting old, and increase our acceptance.

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VHI’s Dr Bernadette Carr: Bursitis and Tinnitus

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.

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Is egg-freezing birth of new worker right?

Google and Facebook will pay for the process so female employees can delay childbirth and prolong their careers, but is it ethical, asks Sharon Ni Chonchuir.

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