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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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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on constipation and kidney infections

Q. My nine-year-old son suffers from constipation. He eats Weetabix every morning with freshly-milled linseeds and has an apple every day.

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Working life: Avril Daly, chair of the Genetic and Rare Disorders Organisation

7am
The news headlines are my alarm clock. 

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Ageing with attitude: The secrets to a successful marriage

The secret to a strong marriage lies not in the stand-out holidays or presents, but enjoying one another every day, writes Margaret Jennings.

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Are you at risk of ovarian cancer?

Lisa Salmon says early diagnosis is crucial with ovarian cancer.

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Check it out: PatientBuddy

PatientBuddy has developed a new app with Beaumont Hospital to support kidney transplant patients with home monitoring and diagnostics.

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Follow your gut instincts and focus on foods to nourish your body and mind

Forget the latest diet. Eat to nourish your gut and expect to reap the benefits: better mental health, high energy and weight loss, says Clodagh Finn.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on teenager mood swings and babies' blocked noses

Q. My teenage daughter is studying for the Leaving Cert and seems to be in a bad mood most of the time. 

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Working life: Helen Connaughton, Nurse specialist, Tallaght Hospital

5.30am
I’m up before dawn to walk the dogs. Later, I get myself ready for work and the little fellow, Tommy, aged 14 months, ready for creche.

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Ageing With Attitude: Take small steps to stay healthy as you age

Don’t beat yourself up if you have let your new year resolutions slip, instead stay motivated by treating each day as a new start, Dr Claire Parker tells Margaret Jennings.

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A cough could be just a tickle, or a sign of something serious

LIKE headaches, sore throats and runny noses, coughs are extremely common and most of the time, nothing to really worry about.

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Working Life - Marian Connolly, nurse manager

6.40am I’ve a short drive from my home, in Templeogue, to Tallaght Hospital.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions about dry skin and verruca treatment

NOTE: The information contained in this column is not a subsitute for medical advice. Always consult a doctor.

 

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Ageing With Attitude: Iris Apfel is set to be the face of wearable technology for the older generation

She’s just six years short of her 100th birthday but that is not about to stop Iris Apfel the creative dynamo from being the face of wearable technology for the older generation, writes Margaret Jennings

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The Shape I'm In - Clodagh McKenna

WHEN superfit Clodagh McKenna started spinning classes in a Manhattan high-octane studio she was floored by the speed.

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The importance of guarding yourself against pneumonia

IF you’re feeling ill with a bad cough and temperature, you could just have a minor winter virus. Or could it be pneumonia asks Lisa Salmon 

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on dry scalp and warts

I have always had a dry scalp, but it has worsened. Some areas are so itchy that they are sore. I thought it was just dandruff, but wonder if it could be dermatitis. Should I ask my GP for a referral to a dermatologist?

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Giving your GP a ring can save you a trip

Margaret Jennings finds a phonecall to a GP can save a trip

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Suffering from tinnitus isn't the pain in the ear it used to be

Abi Jackson says there is hope for sufferers of tinnitus

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Brilliant, cleansing bread soda

Valerie O’Connor gets spring cleaning with simple ingredients like lemon, vinegar, tea tree oil, and lavender.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on migraines and shingles

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Working Life: Patricia Molloy, nurse

7am: The gym is close by. I head there three times a week. 

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Ageing With Attitude: Exercise can help fight debilitating illnesses

Margaret Jennings discovers that the more you exercise, the more your body has the capacity to fight off debilitating illnesses — in spite of inherited disease

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The Shape I'm In - Deric Ó h’Artagáin

BROUGHT up on a farm in Inchmore, Co Limerick, the weather has always been a feature in Deric Ó h’Artagáin’s life.

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Being wary of symptoms that mimic other health problems

The symptoms of some ailments mimic others, says Lisa Salmon

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Get up and go: Starting the morning right can have a great influence on your whole day

How you start your morning can impact your whole day. Vicki Notaro speaks to five high-profile women to find out about their daily routine

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Natural health with Megan Sheppard

I have read a lot recently about the link between intestinal health and mental wellbeing. Can you please throw some light on this somewhat dubious connection?

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: He wants me to have more orgasms

I rarely have orgasms with my partner, although I enjoy the sex and am very happy with our sex life. He doesn’t understand that for me it’s more about the foreplay and sex and closeness, and he wants me to have more orgasms. Do they matter as much as he thinks?

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on eczema and getting back to exercise

NOTE: The information contained in this column is not a subsitute for medical advice. Always consult a doctor.

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Age is never a barrier to love and companionship

Margaret Jennings says the engagement of Jerry Hall to Rupert Murdoch shows that there is plenty of life to be lived — no matter what age you are.

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The Shape I'm In - Yvonne Tiernan

BY her own admission, Yvonne Tiernan is a “bit of a chatterbox”. 

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Working Life: John Curran - plastic surgeon

6.30am - I live near Killarney so I leave the house in plenty of time to get to Tralee for 7.45am.

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Natural health: alternatives to carpal tunnel syndrome

I suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, and the only recommendations from my doctor are injections or surgery. Is there any natural alternative, or are these my only options for relief?

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on pregnancy and brittle nails

I am five months pregnant and have recently started hiccupping after meals, sometimes for up to 20 minutes. Why is this happening and should I be worried?

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Is it OK for women to objectify men?

Women have been objectified for decades, so is there anything wrong with turning the tables on men, asks Katy Harrington

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Ageing With Attitude: Busting myths will help you cool down about menopause

Being well informed and mentally prepared for the ‘the change’ can help guard against getting a shock when the transition starts, writes Margaret Jennings

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Five symptoms that could indicate a medical emergency

Abi Jackson says we sometimes need the experts’ help

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The Shape I’m In: Tommy Fleming

IT may be the sound of the Atlantic crashing against the coastline, an umbilical attachment to the county of his birth, or simple home comforts. Whatever the reason, Tommy Fleming insists on sleeping in his own bed every night, no matter how far he has to travel after a gig. “I drive home to Sligo even when I’m down in Cork. 

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Get healthy one step at a time: Even small changes can transform your body

Small changes can transform your body, writes Clodagh Finn

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Ageing with Attitude: 20 minute face yoga is the alternative to Botox

Looking for a natural alternative to Botox? Doing 20 minutes of face yoga a day can help to firm sagging skin and ease wrinkles, says Margaret Jennings.                        

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Good news for your new start as sportswear has never been so fashionable

Yes, it’s that time of the year when we tell ourselves that with hard work, we will emerge as
the new Gigi Hadid. But first get shopping, says Paula Burns, as sportswear has never been
so fashionable.

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