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WATCH: Modern cataract procedures are very successful with shorter recovery times

Dr Gerry Kervick, consultant ophthalmologist with the Mater Hospital, explains what is involved with cataract surgery.

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Working life: Dr Ahmed Omar, consultant gynaecologist and medical firector, Beacon CARE Fertility

6.15am
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. 

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40% increase of childhood cancer caused by air pollution

Childhood cancer is very rare — but not as rare as it used to be.

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Ageing with attitude: Using technology makes the world of difference for older people

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.

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Working life: Orla O’Brien, chief operations officer, Children’s Hospital Group

6.45am
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. 

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Ageing with attitude: Keep your brain in tune by playing an instrument

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.

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Counteracting post-study food binges

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. 

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IN THE WRONG: Doctors often get it wrong when predicting how long terminally ill people have left to live, new research suggests.

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Check it out: Cycle Journey planner app

We can all benefit from getting those endorphins pumping, that natural high that comes from moving.

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5 reasons why you should take up Pilates

Pilates has proven benefits for sufferers of neurological conditions, as well as the more common postural alignment benefits.

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Working life: Aileen Flynn, physiotherapist

Aileen Flynn is a clinical specialist chartered physiotherapist and sees a lot of people with neck and back pain.

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Ageing with attitude: Cork workshop helps people to age with positivity

Margaret Jennings talks to the facilitator of a programme aimed at helping older people to create a positive outlook.

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Degenerative tissues cause tennis elbow

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.

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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.

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Check it out: Stories of Breast Cancer Survival

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. 

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How to ‘unlock’ your troublesome back pain

Gentle exercise building up to a more vigorous regime can prove beneficial for those with dodgy backs, says Lisa Salmon.

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Working life: Professor Mary Horgan, dean, School of Medicine UCC and consultant in infectious diseases, CUH

6.30am
I like to get the house organised before I leave: empty the dishwasher, put on the washing machine and enjoy quiet time. 

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5 myths about your salt intake

So what do you need to know about salt intake? We’ve done some salt myth-busting to point you in the right direction...

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Ageing with attitude: How to choose the perfect statement spectacles

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.

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BED BOOST: Statins taken to reduce cholesterol can give men a boost in the bedroom by improving erections, researchers have found.

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Check it out: Star Walk app, €2.99

One of the most wonderful things you can do is to sit back on a beautiful clear night and take in the night sky.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on bad skin and children's diet

Dr Bernadette Carr says that it is recommended children have at least 60 minutes of activity a day. 

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Working life: Stephen Brennan, orthopaedic surgeon at Bon Secours Hospital, Cork

6.30am
I drag myself out of bed, have breakfast, feed the cat and say goodbye to my girlfriend before heading for work.

 

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The signs and symptoms of lung cancer

It’s not just heavy smokers who need to be aware of lung cancer symptoms, says Abi Jackson.

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Ageing with attitude: Planning for a good bill of financial health

Margaret Jennings reports on why it’s important to manage your money well so you don’t get caught out.

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PROSTATE RESEARCH: Researchers from Belfast and London have joined forces to test a new treatment for prostate cancer.

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Check it out: FoodMaestro FODMAP

FoodMaestro FODMAP, free for 14 days
Around one in 10 adults has irritable bowel syndrome, and avoiding dietary triggers is a key part of managing symptoms. 

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on pregnancy weight gain and back pain

Dr Bernadette Carr says some simple and easy tips can be incorporated easily into your daily routine to help you lose weight.

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Working life: Tania Spelman, director of nursing at Carechoice Nursing Home, Malahide

6am
We are early risers so I usually have the company of one of my three boys over a cup of coffee.

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Ageing with attitude: Seize the day to hold back the years

An enduring gusty attitude drives actress Judi Dench, who continues to look for new challenges in her 80s, says Margaret Jennings.

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DEPRESSION PAIN: Partners of people with depression are more likely to suffer from chronic pain, a new study suggests.

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Check it out: TomTom Start 25 Full EU maps

TomTom Start 25 Full EU maps €175, www.argos.ie 
If you’re driving to Europe, this TomTom model could be just the accessory you need. 

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on pelvic floor muscles after pregnancy

Dr Bernadette Carr says there are a number of ways to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and stop leaks from happening.

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Working life: Martin Ryan, HSE suicide prevention officer

6am
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.

 

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Ageing with attitude: Sex is an expression of who we are at any age

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.

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5 ways on how to be IT healthy

Our use of technology can effect our health, says Abi Jackson.

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Online and in the news: Parkinson's disease

INSIDE LOOK: Tens of millions are invested into Parkinson’s disease research every year but we still don’t know where it starts. 

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Check it out: Virtual Makeover by ModiFace

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.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on rosacea and bunions

Dr Bernadette Carr says that as many as one in 10 people may have rosacea.

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Working life: Emer McNulty, Health Check Nurse, Irish Heart Foundation

6.30am
I am an early riser and give myself plenty of time to get to the scheduled location to set up for the day. 

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Ageing with attitude: Sleeplessness and the menopausal woman

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.

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Cancer treatment: Is proton beam therapy suitable for everybody?

IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE that most people diagnosed with cancer will want to ensure they’re getting the best treatment available.

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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.

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Check it out: Relax for HOPE

What better way to spend a Saturday morning than indulging in mindfulness, Tai Chi, yoga and meditation with Michelle Gupta?

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on ingrown toenails and sleep disturbances

Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on how to deal with an ingrown toenail and how to get a good night’s sleep.

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Working life: Seán Moynihan, CEO, ALONE

7.30am
Our office is on Camden St in Dublin city centre and I live close by so I walk. 

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Kidney stone facts and how to prevent them

Dehydration could be putting you at risk of kidney stones.

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Ageing with attitude: Spread the word about hearing loss in old age

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.

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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.

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Check it out: IAAF, free app for Olympics results, news and stats

Want to find out how our track and field stars are performing in Rio? 

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on migraines and anaemia

Dr Bernadette Carr advices on what to do if you suffer from migrains and how to avoid iron deficiency anaemia.

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Working life: Kieran Harkin, GP with SafetyNet

8am
Fridays begin at St James Hospital, Dublin, where I take part in ‘grand rounds’. 

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Do you suffer from IBS? Then you need to try this natural daily food supplement

After suffering for years with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Zoe Salmon-Corrie found relief by taking over-the-counter probiotics. 

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Ageing with attitude: Simple steps to keep your feet on track

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.

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We look at the complex issue of illness in the workplace

HAVE you ever pulled a sickie? If so, you’re not the only one. 

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EARLY TO BED: Parents now have another reason to send children to bed early. 

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Check it out: Sworkit, free on iOS and Android

Short for ‘Simply Work It’, this app aims to get you doing just that.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on ear infections and arthritis

Dr Bernadette Carr says that many ear infections are mild, self- limiting illnesses and will often not require antibiotics.

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Working life: John Burke, consultant general and colorectal surgeon, Bon Secours Hospital and Beaumont Hospital

5.45am
One of my three small boys usually wakes when I do, so I deposit him in our bedroom with his Mum before leaving. 

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Ageing with attitude: Friendship can keep you feeling fabulous

AbFab hellraisers Eddie and Patsy know the value of friendship. Margaret Jennings looks at the links between female friendship and wellbeing.

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5 reasons why tennis is an ace sport for health and wellbeing

TENNIS is one of the most popular sports in the world — both in terms of spectator figures and participation. 

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COUNTING CALORIES: Focusing too much on reducing sugar intake might detract from a need to cut down on fat, experts have said. 

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Check it out: Smiling Mind, free app

Developed by a team of Australian psychologists, this app has the mental health of young people in mind.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on insect bites and gallstones

Dr Bernadette Carr says the best way to avoid insect bites is a combination of insect repellent and covering your skin. 

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Working life: Ann Griffin, development worker with SAGE

7.30am
I check emails and messages to see if anything came in overnight that needs an immediate response. 

 

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Reach for the following nuts if you want a healthy protein snack

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.

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Time for men to open up about testosterone deficiency

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.

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TUBE STATIONARY: Lying down after fertility treatment with intrauterine insemination (IUI) has no effect on the chance of falling pregnant, a study suggests.

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Check it out: Yoga Wake-up, free app

Kick start the day with this audio yoga app that acts like an alarm clock.

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Sitting down for long periods is as bad for people as smoking is

ARE you sitting down to read this? If so, then start fidgeting, moving your feet, your shoulders, your ankles. Better still, stand up. 

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on food poisoning and sciatica

Dr Bernadette Carr gives advice on how to avoid getting food poisoning while on holiday and explains how to recognise sciatic pain.

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Working life: Hugh Doogan, programme manager with The Genesis Programme

9am
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.

 

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Ageing with attitude: Having a pet has great health benefits for people over 55

Margaret Jennings explores the health benefits of having pets for the over 55s, from connecting with others and greater wellbeing to reduced blood pressure    

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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. 

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Check it out: Carrigtwohill Open Gardens

Carrigtwohill Open Gardens takes place tomorrow from 10am-4pm in aid of the Cork Association for Autism.

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Dealing with constipation while on vacation

Kate Arnold on dealing with constipation while on vacation.

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Profiting from an empty nest with Airbnb

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.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on prickly heat rash and nail abnormalities

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?

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Trad singing legend Seán Ó Sé attributes his longevity to his GP, walks and diet

The trad singing legend attributes his longevity to a simple diet, regular walks, and a vigilant GP, he tells Sharon Ní Chonchúir.  

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Five reasons to include garlic in your diet

Abi Jackson recommends tucking into some fresh, raw garlic.

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New national autism registry offers hope to families

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.       

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Dr Bernadette Carr: Dealing with acne in teenage years

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?

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Take note, strength training could add years to your life

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.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on heartburn and preventing sunburn

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.

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Working life: Heiko Kindler, cardiologist

A day in the life of consultant cardiologist Heiko Kindler.

 

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Check it out - online

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.

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Many GPs haven’t heard of interstitial cystitis

Interstitial cystitis is often misunderstood, writes Sharon Ní Chonchúir.

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Health & Life: In the news online this week

Your weekly guide to some health stories making headlines online.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on plantar fasciitis and moles/lesions

What can you do if you suffer bad pains in the soles of your feet? And the ABCDE checklist when examining moles. 

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Ageing with attitude: Spotlight on colourful street fashionistas

An American blogger is chronicling the lives of people over 60 who defy ageism by dressing in anything but beige, writes Margaret Jennings.

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Working life: Sarah Butler, services manager, SouthWest Community Intervention Team

8am
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. 

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MIGRAINE MARKERS: Women who experience migraines are also more likely to suffer from major heart problems, a new study has found.

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Check it out: Spotify Running, free

This clever app takes its cue from your pace, selecting music to match it — beat by beat. 

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on diabetes and ear infections

Does a ‘sweet-tooth’ lead to diabetes and does a cold lead to an ear infection? Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions.

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Working life: Vivienne Curran, colorectal nurse Specialist, Mercy University Hospital

7am
My husband drops the two younger kids to school. The eldest is studying medicine in Galway. 

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Ageing with attitude: Step it out to reduce odds of serious illnesses like cancer

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.

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A guide on the damage caused by grinding your teeth

DO you often wake up with a mysteriously aching jaw? Have a habit of clenching your face when you’re tense, anxious or angry?

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VAPING INCREASE: The number of people who have tried e-cigarettes almost doubled in two years. 

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Check it out: FitStar Personal Trainer app

Too busy to go to the gym? Then check out this app that offers a personalised workout no matter where you are.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on food cravings and thyroid problems

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.

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Working life: Kitty O’Connor, Alpha-1 Foundation CEO

6.30am
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.

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Ageing with attitude: What are you going to be in your third act of life?

A new movement aims to support people as they make the transition into older age. Margaret Jennings talks to its founder.

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5 facts on why post-workout protein is important

Take protein within 30 minutes after completing a workout.

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Online and in the news: Plastic padding

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.

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Check it out: Weleda Arnica Muscle Soak, €17.99

Gearing up for the Cork City Marathon or a local 10k run?

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on fungal infections and Celtic hand

Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on fungal infections and Viking disease or Celtic hand.

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Working life: Donal Buggy head of services and advocacy, Irish Cancer Society

7.30am
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. 

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Online and in the news: Yogic logic

YOGIC LOGIC
Yoga and meditation are more effective than memory exercises for combating the mental decline that often precedes Alzheimer’s, research has shown. 

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5 indicators of thyroid problems

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?

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Drive towards 'immortality' means people aren't dying with dignity anymore

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.

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Check it out: Bonzun, Free health and wellbeing app

Keep on top of your pregnancy with this health and wellbeing app. 

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Do people with epilepsy suffer discrimination in the workplace?

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.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on pregnancy weight gain and food poisoning

Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on weight gain during pregnancy and how to build up your energy levels after food poisoning.

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Working life: Mary McCarthy, CEO, of ANEW

9am
After eight hours’ sleep every night I take a few moments for meditation. 

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Ageing with attitude: Redefining what ageing looks like

Dorrie Jacobson is 81 years old and doesn’t believe in ‘measuring’ life in decades, says Margaret Jennings.

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Is your own mind making you feel ill?

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.

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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.

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Check it out: Wunderlist, task manager app

Forget the notebook and pen, get hyper organised with this task manager app. 

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on phobias and nosebleeds

Find out if your child has a phobia or just a simple fear, and if nosebleeds are a common problem for young children.

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Working life: Hugh Harkin, Anam Cara

9am
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!

 

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8 reasons why houseplants can boost your wellbeing

DOTTED around rooms, houseplants are pretty to look at and add colour and charm — but their credentials don’t end there. 

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BEDROOM SPARKS: People who say they have experienced “fireworks” in the bedroom may not be completely exaggerating. 

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Check it out: RockMyRun, free app

Plato once said that music gives wings to the mind.

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