Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh talks about life and its fragility

 

Groundbreaking neurosurgeon Henry Marsh talks to Catherine Shanahan about anxiety, his work ethic, and making  life-and-death decisions.

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: I’ve been faking my orgasms with new boyfriend

If you learn to talk about your sex life now, you will both be reaping the benefits for years to come, says Suzi Godson.

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Ditch stress and burn fat with this new workout

Train your mind and body at the same time with this hot, new fusion workout, says Amanda Khouv.

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A study on mice may shed light on meditation

Mice do not, so far as we know, practice meditation. But in order to study how that activity affects human brains at the cellular level, researchers at the University of Oregon managed to put murine brains into a somewhat equivalent state.

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Eat right to stop sugar cravings

Did you ever reach out for that extra chocolate bar or second slice of creamy cake, or delve into a packet of biscuits and not give a second thought as to why you were doing so?

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Natural health: Dry skin and Bell's Palsy

It is important that you get enough essential fatty acids in your diet to maintain healthy skin, says Megan Sheppard.

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ARFID has nothing to do with fussy eaters, it's when a child has a fear of food

ARFID is a real condition where babies and children avoid, restrict or refuse food, often due to painful associations, says Áilín Quinlan

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Stop the cycle of your child's dry, itchy skin

Helen O’Callaghan hears about a new Irish product for children.

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The shape I'm in: Neil Delamere, comedian

Before starting a new tour, veteran US comedian Jerry Seinfeld tests out his material on the small club circuit, tweaking his content depending on the reaction of seasoned audiences.

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Five life skills that ensure we are happier and healthier in older age identified by scientists

Attributes such as optimism and emotional stability can lead to a better quality of life in our later years, says Margaret Jennings.

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Working life: Catherine Bond, CEO, Irish Foster Care Association.

6.30am
My day starts with a scan of current affairs and breaking news. 

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Tric Kearney: It's my life

Yesterday I walked from my kitchen to the hall and saw the front door lying wide open. Full panic mode swept over me, my heart racing, fear and dread taking my breath away.

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Tips on how to keep your kids safe on social media sites

Psychotherapist and author Anne McCormack says children under the age of 12 lack the psychological maturity to deal with social media

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Surviving the odds: Our little fighter

Everyone with a premature baby has a different journey, writes Conall Ó Fáthartawho looks back at his baby son’s courageous battle for life.

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Early arrival: The medical developments giving life to premature babies

Neonatal care has come a long way in a short time, says Sharon Ní Chonchúir.

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Think twice before having a one-night stand with a stranger

Research shows most women regret one-night stands. Apart from not enjoying the experience, there is a host of other health and safety risks associated with having sex with a stranger, says Áilín Quinlan.

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: My wife likes me to stay silent during sex

Female sexual satisfaction is more complex and some women develop idiosyncratic strategies to coax orgasm, says Suzi Godson.

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Girl with psoriasis refuses to cover up and made a video to tell her story

Thousands of Irish children suffer from severe psoriasis, but Pearl Tier is not about to let the condition get her down, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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How to talk to children about cancer

Helen O’Callaghan on discussing a serious diagnosis with young people.

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Bowel disease can affect one in five people

What springs to mind when you hear the words inflammatory bowel disease or IBD? Dodgy bellies, toilet troubles?

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Mater Private: Promoting positivity around surgery

Roselyn Raj is the nurse manager of theatre recovery at Mater Private Hospital, Cork. She recently experienced a role reversal when she underwent an operation herself.

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Natural health: Seborrheic dermatitis and cellulitis

Seborrheic dermatitis (sometimes referred to as seborrheic eczema) is thought to be linked to overproduction of the yeast, says Megan Sheppard.

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Ageing: Quick, short bursts of exercise work wonders

Margaret Jennings looks at a training method making headlines following positive research results and hears some important dos and don’ts from a fitness expert.

 

 

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The shape I'm in: Brian Kennedy, singer/songwriter

Brian Kennedy finds interior decorating and cooking for friends relaxing.

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Working life: Martina Blake, HSE lead for the tobacco-free programme www.quit.ie

6.30am
I get breakfast and finish organising school lunches for my three kids — Aoibhe (8), Callum (6) and Hollie (4). 

 

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Tric Kearney: It's my life

Recently one of my children has spoken of the possibility of leaving home to work in Dublin. I was only a little younger than she is when I left to live in Cork.

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Men on the ward: The need to get more men into nursing

Less than 10% of general nurses are males. Jonathan deBurca Butler asks why.

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: Husband cares more about the gym than sex

Sacrificing sex in the morning for his abs could be a reflection of marital unrest, says Suzi Godson.

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Three well-known Irish people tell what family mealtimes were like for them growing up

Helen O’Callaghan hears some fond memories from family meal times through the recollections of celebrities and their mothers.

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Author Alison Canavan: Enjoy your kids when they are young

Helen O’Callaghan on the launch of Barnardos Big Toddle, Ireland’s biggest fundraiser for under-fives.

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Coeliac Awareness Week: Putting the fun into gluten-free food

When Finn Ní Fhaoláin was first diagnosed as a coeliac aged 18, she let out an expletive and then just got on with it.

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Anxiety or stress? Keep track of your negative emotions

Everyone gets stressed but constant stress can cause health issues, says Ella Walker.

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Pose your way to fitness with these 6 stretches

Hitting the mat for some dynamic yoga moves could take your run to the next level, says Amanda Khouv.

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Mater Private: Donating blood can help to save a life

Joan Fahy is a senior nurse at Mater Private Hospital, Cork. One of her specialties is haemovigilance.

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Natural health: Probiotics and dark chocolate

Probiotic organisms improve the nutritional quality of foods and enhance the absorption of nutrients, says Megan Sheppard.

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Ageing: Hidden trans fats are a heart attack on a plate

Margaret Jennings says industrially produced trans fats raise LDL cholesterol (the ‘bad’ kind) and are present in many foods, but not always labelled.

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The shape I'm in: David Gillick, Olympian

David Gillick is a member of the Vhi Support Team for the Women’s Mini Marathon on June 5.

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Working life: Dr Sean O’Sullivan, consultant neurologist, Bon Secours Hospital, Cork

7am
I am usually the first person up, so I check emails and read a bit of the news before I get the children up. I make porridge and the family has breakfast together. 

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Tric Kearney: It's my life

The other day, I was doing the ironing... I’ll just leave that sentence there, so anyone who doesn’t read on will think what a wonderful wife I am.

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Irish men discover the benefits of dancing

Irish men are shedding their inhibitions and hitting the dance floor, thanks to the success of TV shows like Dancing with the Stars, says Jonathan deBurca Butler

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