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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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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on neck pain and night terrors

Dr Bernadette Carr explains the possible causes of neck pain and what to do when your child gets night terrors.

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Working life: Patricia Pugh, services manager at ARC Cancer Support Centres, Dublin

6.45am
The shrill sound of the alarm goes off. I hit snooze and use the first 10 minutes to practice mindfulness. 

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Ageing with attitude: Rebecca Storm celebrates 40 years in the music industry

Margaret Jennings finds singer Rebecca Storm in an upbeat mood as she marks 40 years in the music business and prepares to ‘come clean’ about her true age.

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Symptoms of extreme allergic reactions explained

ALLERGIES can happen to anyone at any time, even if there’s no known family history of such problems. 

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CANCER LINK: Drinking alcohol, eating processed meat, and being overweight have been “strongly” linked to stomach cancer for the first time.

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Check it out: Hay Fever Relief App, free

This new app allows sufferers determine the severity and nature of their condition and quickly advises them on the best treatment. 

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Find out the damage alcohol is doing to your body

Our high intake of alcohol could be more damaging to our health than we realise, Peta Bee looks at the hard facts.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on bad breath and athlete’s foot

Find out if a cold can cause bad breath and if you can treat athlete’s foot with over-the-counter remedies.

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Working life: Mary Rose O’Driscoll, youth respite worker, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland

6am
My 14-month-old, Daniel, ensures an early start. I also have a little girl, Sophie, aged four, so in a household with two working parents, it’s a battle to get out.

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Ageing with attitude: Pat Spillane works to stay healthy due to family history of heart disease

Margaret Jennings talks to former Kerry GAA player Pat Spillane about the lessons he has learned from his father’s early death and his mother’s determination to provide for her children.

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Five simple lifestyle tweaks to help keep your kidneys healthy

Keeley Bolger says our kidneys are a filter vital to our health.

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TAKE HEART: Cooking oils and spreads, rich in a type of polyunsaturated fat help lower cholesterol but do nothing to cut the risk of heart disease or death, compared with eating butter, a study suggests.

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Check it out: Runkeeper - FREE app

Runkeeper — Free running, cycling, workout, pace, fitness and weight tracker.
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Apps are incredibly valuable in tracking women’s health

Health apps might help scientists learn new truths about our bodies because we’re more honest with our phones than our doctors, says Jenna Wortham.

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Working life: Dr Andoni Jones, periodontal surgeon, MyDental

Early morning
I like to walk to work. It clears my head and we’re lucky enough that our clinic is on Bath Avenue, Ballsbridge, near where I live. 

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Check it out: Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience, FREE

With this app, meditating couldn’t be simpler.

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In the news, online: Asthma, diet, breast cancer,

Asthma inhalers are being dished out like “fashion accessories”, two leading British doctors have said, as they warned that medics are over-diagnosing asthma in children.

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7 simple ways to keep your bones strong as you age

BONES and joints are key to keeping active and mobile, and yet are highly susceptible to injury and pain, so keeping them healthy is vital.

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Why your love of stilettos may prove to be your Achilles heel

‘House of Cards’ Claire Underwood may like to stride around the White House in 6in Manolos but there will be a high price to pay as she hits 50, finds Margaret Jennings.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on stomach pain and sensitive eyes

Dr Bernadette Carr gives her advice on what to do if you have concerns about a child with stomach pain and what to do if your eyes get bloodshot and tear up after using a computer.

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Bernard Dunne encourages companies to get involved in National Workplace Wellness Day on April 8

Clodagh Finn talks to former world champion boxer Bernard Dunne about the benefits of exercise and healthy eating in the workplace.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on hearing difficulties and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr Bernadette Carr gives her advice on what to do if you have concerns about your child’s hearing and if you have tingling or numbness in your fingers or hands.

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Working life: Laura Hackett, fertility nurse

6am
I’m a big fan of yoga so I get a good 40 minutes in before leaving for work. It’s easier to get up as the mornings get brighter.

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Warning signs that signal scarlet fever and what you need to know

Like scurvy and rickets, scarlet fever was once thought of as a 19th century concern, not something that anybody still needs to worry about. 

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SALT GENE: A gene linked to blood pressure helps to regulate salt consumption, research has shown.

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Ageing with attitude: Patricia MacKenzie has a new lease of life after a kidney transplant

The gift of a new kidney gave Patricia MacKenzie a fresh start eight years ago, and she has vowed to make the most of that chance every day, writes Margaret Jennings.   

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Check it out: 7 minute Workout app

This top-selling app couldn’t be simpler. Its researchers have developed 12 exercises that can be performed in seven minutes but the effect adds up to an hour in the gym.

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How to deal with your pregnancy in the workplace

Pregnancy puts a woman’s body under huge pressure, often leaving her exhausted. A supportive work environment is essential, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on getting over the vomiting bug

Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on how your child can get over a nasty vomiting bug and how young children or babies develop a squint eye.

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Working life: Eimear McGuinness, pharmacist

7am
I grab some breakfast and head to the car with a coffee for the trip across town to Blackpool Retail Park. 

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Ageing with attitude: Menopause should not be a dirty word - Paula Mee, dietitian

Paula Mee has come through a difficult phase of her life, including the break up of a long-term relationship. Along the way she learned how to manage the ‘Change’, says Margaret Jennings.

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4 things to do when fighting fatigue

WHO isn’t tired, right? But if tiredness is really wearing you down, it’s natural to worry there might be something more sinister going on with your health.

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Check it out: Curvy Girls fashion show, 8 April, Cork

Celebrate your curves and help raise funds to fight cancer. 

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The pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms

Following new research, doctors are once again prescribing HRT to women experiencing menopausal symptoms. But is it a long-term option, asks Ailin Quinlan.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on custy eyelids and spotty nails

Dr Bernadette Carr answers all your questions on health concerns including how to deal with eye discharges and spots on your nails.

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Abi Jackson meets members of a diabetic pro riding team

AROW of white cycling helmets, glinting in the sunlight, suddenly appears on the horizon, on a hillside road in Alicante, south-eastern Spain. 

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Ageing with attitude: Tune in to music for an emotional and psychological boost

A study from NUI Galway has found that older people are more likely to get an emotional and psychological boost from listening to music than younger adults, says Margaret Jennings.

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In the news, online: Ineffective antibiotics

Some frequently prescribed antibiotics could be rendered “ineffective”, researchers have warned after finding high rates of resistance to the drugs among children with a common condition.

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Working life: Dr Nina Byrnes, GP and presenter, Doctor in the House, TV3

6am
My alarm goes off but I sneak another 15 minutes in bed before dashing for the shower. 

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on keeping up Zumba while pregnant

Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on keeping fit during pregnancy and getting omega-3 into your child’s diet.

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Working life: Dr Sarah Kelly, exercise physiologist

6.30am
I have an hour commute from Rathfarnham, so I’m in the car for 7.15am. 

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Why we all need to be sepsis savvy

SEPSIS, also known as septicaemia or blood poisoning, is a life-threatening condition. 

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Ageing With Attitude: Grey is the new black for women of all ages

Margaret Jennings says with silver hair back in the spotlight, it’s an ageless style statement and a distinctive look many younger celebrities are embracing.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on cradle cap and elbow pain

Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions about dealing with cradle cap and injuries from playing sport regularly.

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Working life: Éilís Fitzgerald, consultant plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon

6.15am
I’m breastfeeding my 11-month-old, Conor, so I’ve an early start. Once he’s sorted, I get myself ready and head to the hospital in Sandyford. 

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Neurofeedback training can help with depression and anxiety

Margaret Jennings looks at research that suggests battling depression and anxiety with neurofeedback training can reap dividends for patients.

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Check it out: Habitica app, free

This game-based app has the rewards and punishments to motivate you to be healthy.

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