Q. My son is very active. He swims and plays sport. I think he has developed athlete’s foot. What is this and what can I do?More
I’m up early to allow time for a chat with our childminder before leaving for work.
TECHNOLOGY has spread into so many areas of our lives, perhaps it was inevitable that this would eventually include medical testing. So which tests — if any — are worth doing?More
A traumatic experience served as a turning point for Dr John McKenna, who no longer works long shifts or in stressful environments, says Margaret Jennings.More
Q. Recently I have noticed my sleep is disturbed. I am waking up early and several times throughout the night. What can I do?More
The Hip-Operation Crew, with an average age of 81, prove that age is no barrier to reaching the world championships, says Margaret Jennings.More
GIVEN the extent of environmentalist Duncan Stewart’s injuries when he fell from a tree near the Chernobyl reactor 12 years ago, it’s a surprise he is still standing, not to mind continuing to work at a dizzying speed.More
LIKE most, Margaret Underwood was aware of the importance of checking her breasts, feeling for lumps and bumps.More
If time is of the essence and you need to let loved ones know you’re in danger, this app will let you do just that.More
Q. I am a 24-year-old woman who is 12 weeks pregnant with her first baby. I am wondering what foods I should eat and what to avoid.More
Some days I head by train to meet healthcare staff in Dublin or in one of our 49 acute hospitals; other days I’m at my office at St Finbarr’s Hospital in Cork.
Former boxing promoter Frank Maloney plans to visit Irish matchmaker Willie Daly next week, but learning to be Kellie Maloney is her priority, says Margaret Jennings.More
WHETHER it’s butterflies when in love, nausea when nervous or the gut-wrenching feeling that comes with grief, our stomachs seem to sense what we’re feeling.More
Q. I put on a lot of weight during my pregnancy and, with my baby almost six months old, I have approximately a stone to lose.More
Ideally I like to walk the dog and drop my oldest to school before heading to work at the Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital on the Western Road, Cork where Health Promotion and Improvement is based.
SNIFFLE season is here — but how can you tell which virus you’ve got?More
Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, aged 85, is living a fuller life than most men a third of his age.More
I have recently started walking in an attempt to shed some baby weight. But, over the last month, I have begun experiencing a lot of pain in the soles of my feet. Why is this?More
Aromatherapy used to be a specialist interest but Margaret Jennings finds that older people are turning to it to combat everyday aches and pains.More
You don’t need to be a scout or an outdoor enthusiast to learn how to light fires without a match, build a shelter from basic materials or cook under the open sky, says Áilín Quinlan.More
I am going on a sun holiday this month but I’m fair-skinned and prone to burning. I have some moles on my back and arms. How should I check my moles?More
I tend to get up early and go for a run before cycling to work at Temple Street, where I specialise in treating children with cleft lip and/or palate.
WHILE it may sometimes seem that a failing memory is an inevitable part of growing older, it’s actually easier than you might think to get your brain’s cogs ticking over more smoothly.More
Psychologist Colm O’Connor invites us all to rise about the hardships of life, to hold on to hope and to show character, says Margaret Jennings.More
Q. My nine-year-old daughter is very fond of her food and I find it difficult to refuse her a second helping at mealtimes.More
Q. My gynaecologist discovered a fibroid at my last check-up. Is there anything I can do to help while I am waiting for surgery?More
I try to go for a run twice a week before work but while my intentions are good, I tend to stay in bed at the first sign of bad weather.
Researching our symptoms online or on health apps can increase stress levels and is ultimately self-defeating, discovers Margaret Jennings.More
My two children recently had head lice. Is there any way to prevent their getting head lice in the future?More
Every day begins with a quick meet and greet with colleagues at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH).
Margaret Jennings pays tribute to three-time Oscar winner, actress Meryl Streep, who has managed to eschew the typical Hollywood lifestyle and to keep her family life private.More
Gastroenteritis and pilonidal sinus explained by Dr. Bernadette Carr.More
Ruth Bailey’s working life as director of product strategy, GloHealth.More
Plantar fasciitis and floaters discussed by Megan Sheppard.More
Sean Connery hits 85 this week. The original Bond star is part of a generation that can look forward to reaching their 90s if they take care of their bodies, says Margaret Jennings.More
Q. My eight-year-old daughter has eczema. Last week, she got a stye on her eyelid. It did heal on its own but was painful. Is there any way to avoid a recurrence?More
Up at six and 45 minutes later I leave for the office in the Mediserve base on the South Circular Road in Dublin 8.
ACHES and pains, particularly when it comes to muscles and joints, aren’t always a sign of something sinister.More
Having even one night of disrupted shut-eye could age us, research shows. A sleep expert tells Margaret Jennings why those 40 winks are important to your health.More
Dr Patrick Tunney is a consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist at Orwell Clinic, Dublin.More
Q: I am a woman in my 40s and last year on holidays I got a rash on my neck that I think was prickly heat. I will be going away in a couple of weeks. What would you suggest?More
FOLIC FACTS: A new Safefood campaign is urging women who could become pregnant to take a folic acid supplement daily, irrespective of whether or not they are planning a baby.More
The MIND diet is based on Mediterranean eating, and proponents claim it can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, writes Margaret JenningsMore
Lisa Salmon finds a handy app that tracks your medical history.More
I’m going on a sun holiday with my two young daughters (aged six and eight). We are all fair but my youngest daughter has pale skin and freckles.More
I’m an early riser, the legacy of a paper round I did when I was 10.
Margaret Jennings finds that parents of kids living abroad are signing up for adventure breaks and long haul travel... and touching base with family members on the way.More
FANS of James Bond will be familiar with actress Judi Dench, who played the M16 chief until 2012.More
My mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago and controls it well. I am hoping to start a family soon and wonder if this increases my risk of gestational diabetes.More
HAVE you ever felt under the weather but put off at the thought of queuing to see your GP?More
Old people’s bodies aren’t more susceptible to disease argues a new book. It’s just the longer you live the more likely you are to pick something up along the way writes Margaret Jennings.More
I am going through the menopause and it seems to be affecting my short-term memory. I keep forgetting where I’ve put my keys, purse or phone. It’s very frustrating for me and my family. Will it pass?More
THE nation was glued as the latest television dating show kicked off on Channel 4 last night.More
WHILE damp underarms and dripping brows can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, for some people, excessive perspiration can be a problem all year round, and the medical term for this is hyperhidrosis.More
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.More
The alarm goes off about four times before I get up.
Margaret Jennings talks to a former fashion editor who believes in dressing to match your unique style and not your age.More
I had a cold last week and now my ears are sore inside, could I have an infection?More
If I’m not hosting one of our regular training courses for frontline workers, I like to get to the office at this time, where I start by checking my calendar and making a plan for the day.
A VEGETARIAN friend has mastered the phrase “Is it meat?” in several languages in an attempt to navigate his way through holiday menus.More
After raising her children, Breda Grinsell returned to college to study business information systems at the age of 54. She’s enjoying the challenge, says Marjorie Brennan.More
ON average, women start the menopause at 51, though it can begin much earlier (before the age of 40, it’s known as ’premature menopause’).More
BEER TOXINS: Big beer drinkers who down as much as two pints a day may be exposing themselves to harmful levels of fungal toxins, a study has found.More
Workout wherever you are to the beat of your favourite music with this app.More
I’m up early to get my little boy Clive ready before I leave for work, dropping him to my mum’s house.
PROSTATE cancer is no laughing matter, but that doesn’t stop comedian Brendan Grace from making wisecracks about it on stage.More
This month’s Age & Opportunity Go for Life Games was the culmination of a year of fun sporting activities for older people, writes Sharon Ní Chonchuir.More
SUMMER is when feet have their moment in the sun. They’re a part of the body that really get put through their paces – literally - so treat your trotters to some regular TLC...More
Close to nature: Green spaces within and around city schools improve the mental development of young children, a study has found.More
MILEY CYRUS steers clear of lactose and gluten. Zooey Deschanel has cut out eggs, dairy and wheat. Tennis star Serena Williams can’t eat peanuts.More
Follow the ’Pink Swingers’ as they attempt to complete the challenge of playing one hole of golf in each of the 32 counties of Ireland on the 19th and 20th of June in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland.More
I never had a cold sore until two weeks ago — it has now cleared up, is there anyway to prevent another one?More
This is typically my favourite part of the day as I see post-operative patients from the previous day.
SCIENTISTS say that with one careful owner, the male body could live for 120 years.More
A hidden drawback to increased longevity is the loss of mental capacity. Margaret Jennings looks at how to keep the brain in good shape so you can enjoy the extra years.More
I recently I noticed some red / purple patches around my ankles; the skin feels dry and is itchy.More
I’m up early to make porridge for my four-year-old, Ted, who keeps a close eye on me. Breakfast is a family affair and either myself or my wife, Michele, drops Ted to childcare on the way to work.
In a desperate attempt to cope with emotional distress, some teens resort to self-harming. A calm, compassionate response is needed, an experienced psychotherapist tells Marjorie Brennan.More
Margaret Jennings hears what happens when a group of four Irish guys decamp to a Brazilian village to sip coconut water and detox in a bid to shed the pounds.More
STROKE deaths reduced by 8% last year. According to the CSO, 1,837 people died from stroke in 2014, compared to 2,001 in 2013.More
Long the anti-hero of fast-forward lives, researchers now believe stress can make you stronger, smarter and more successful, says Clodagh Finn.
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?More
Puffy eyes and dark shadows may be telltale signs of tiredness but can our faces reveal more about our health, writes Abi Jackson.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
My working day is incredibly varied.
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.More