Stop talking and listen if you want your child to thrive

Children are often more likely to open up about what’s going on for them when they’re standing beside you setting the table or you’re sitting side by side in the car, reveals Helen O’Callaghan

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Here's why women need to look after their heart more

Females are six times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease and stroke than of breast cancer, yet their awareness of the risk is low, writes Ailin Quinlan.

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What's the secret to happiness? Turns out may well be your gut!

Clodagh Finn travels to University College Cork and finds out that true happiness may very well lie within ... within your gut.

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'The shape I'm in' with the truly inspirational Mark Pollock

The inspirational Mark Pollock speaks to Irene Feighan and reveals how he aims to make Ireland the world’s leading research centre for robotics and spinal stimulation.

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Why are so many people spending money on cosmetic dentistry?

Having forked out for their children’s dental work, parents now want to invest in their own teeth. Helen O’Callaghan looks at the growing celeb-driven market for cosmetic dentistry.

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7 of the best baby monitors for extra peace of mind

For peace of mind while your infant sleeps, you can pick a monitor that fits your needs and your budget, says Kate O’Reilly. 

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Talking about sex can bring back intimacy to a relationship

Couples who actively invest in their sexual connection fare better than those who don’t, says Suzi Godson. 

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Can yoga qualify as an aerobic workout?

Eight minutes of almost any type of high-intensity interval training qualifies as an aerobic workout.

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It's my life: Tric Kearney

Most of us held our children as new-born babies and made solemn promises to be the best parents they could wish for.

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Working life: Linda McGrath, project officer, Medical Research Charities Group

7am
I have two girls, Rose (1) and Molly (3). I get them ready before taking the bus from home in Glasnevin to our offices in Dublin city centre. 

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Mater Private: How to avoid overcrowded hospitals

Dr Oisin Powell suggests three strategies to avoid the emergency department, the long delays and overcrowded waiting rooms of hospitals.

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Ageing with attitude: Good attitude to advancing years is the key to wellbeing

A negative outlook towards ageing can take years of your life. But there are many reasons to be cheerful about getting old, says Margaret Jennings.

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Natural health: Colic and nosebleeds

25% of babies who suffer from colic are in fact reacting to dairy. says Megan Sheppard.

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Your mental health is similar to your physical health - it needs regular maintenance

Former Cork camogie captain Anna Geary tells Áilín Quinlan about her role in raising awareness of the importance of having good mental health.

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Scale back on the fad diets and find nutritional balance

Conflicting information on what we should eat bombards us says consultant nutritionist Gaye Godkin. The secret is not to allow appetite to dictate your waistline.

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This new app helps autistic kids with day-to-day tasks

Helen O’Callaghan reports on a new autism assistance app.

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His need for compliments after sex is irritating

Women don’t expect a pat on the back after sex, whereas men, like peacocks, demand that their prowess be noticed and appreciated, says Suzi Godson.

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Ageing with attitude: Taking a stand against sitting down all day

Margaret Jennings says there is a wealth of research showing that a sedentary lifestyle with little or no exercise can lead to a higher risk of life-threatening diseases.  

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The Shape I’m In: Cara O’Sullivan, soprano

Cara O’Sullivan has started exercising in Educo gym in Ballincollig in the last few months. 

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7 diet tips for strong healthy hair

Abi Jackson says good nutrition leads to strong locks.

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Live long and prosper with just 21 minutes of exercise a day

Just 21 minutes of daily exercise will add years to your life but you’ll need to push it to the limit.

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Showing your partner you appreciate them isn’t just for Valentine’s Day

Holding hands provides a sense of security, while a good hug boosts serotonin levels, writes Deirdre Reynolds.

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Lessons in love: How to kickstart a romance

Flirting isn’t a talent, it’s a skill and anyone can be good at it with practice, says Deirdre Reynolds.

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Tips on how to explain dementia to children

Helen O’Callaghan says children need to be told if a relative is suffering from dementia so they can understand the changes in their behaviour.

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It's my life: Tric Kearney

“Are you doing anything for Valentine’s?” I couldn’t count the number of times I was asked that question in the past week.

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Working life: Michele Tait, National Hepatitis C treatment programme manager

6am
I head to the gym before work three mornings a week. After a quick shower, I drive to HSE HQ at Dr Steevens’ Hospital , near Heuston Station. 

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Mater Private: Specialised treatment for chronic back pain

A NEW specialised treatment suite The Fluoroscopic Pain Management Centre has been developed at Mater Private Hospital Cork to care for those who suffer from chronic pain, particularly affecting the back and neck. 

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Natural health: Soft nails and herbal vinegars

There are no quick fixes when it comes to nails, as it takes around three months to grow a new nail, says Megan Sheppard.

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Here's why children from the Netherlands are 'reportedly' the world’s happiest

An expert ponders the findings while a Dutch family in Clare say they won’t be heading home any time soon, writes Arlene Harris.

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Ageing with attitude: Taking control of life one step at a time

Margaret Jennings speaks to a woman who decided to take up marathon running when she turned 50. Ten years later, she is still competing. 

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The shape I'm in: Gordon D'Arcy, former rugby player

Gordon D’Arcy is busy meeting the demands of his multi-tasking career as a businessman, TV commentator and sports columnist.

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How to take the pressure off your abdominal hernia

Tahir Khan, consultant general and vascular surgeon at the Mater Private Hospital in Cork, explains abdominal hernia, its causes, surgical management, and aftercare.

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Don't let the weather get you down

Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression triggered by the seasonal switch. Abi Jackson went to learn more about SAD.

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Here’s how to get your dream body on a budget

Try this workout which fuses cardio to improve fitness, aid weight-loss and boost strength.

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My boyfriend’s neediness is really becoming a turn-off

Super-needy people crave love, affection and validation and require constant reassurance, says Suzi Godson.

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Recipes: Include enough iron in your diet for peak health

You could say that Britain’s celebrity nutritionist Martin McDonald is something of an ironman.

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How a reward system can help you manage your child's behaviour

Goals must be clearly set out to work, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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It's my life: Tric Kearney

THERE’S something about a supermarket that brings out the ‘odd’ in me? Ever since I watched a documentary on how supermarkets influence our shopping, my shopping experience has been tainted.

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Working life: Lynda McGivney Nolan, optometric advisor, Association of Optometrists

6.30am
With three children, we’ve an early start. Christian, (12), has cystic fibrosis, so meds and physio are part of the morning agenda. 

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