Going for gold: Olympic sport psychologist Kate Kirby on what it takes to have a winning mindset

Leading sport psychologist Kate Kirby talks to Kieran Shannon about what it takes to have a winning mentality.

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HSE was never fit for purpose, admits Harris

The Government has promised that a break up of the health services into six regions will reduce the number of managers and improve care for patients.

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The return to health boards - Retrograde or a healthy option?

The Government has described its new plan for the health service as a significant milestone in the delivery of the biggest reform of the HSE since its establishment in 2005.

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Danger of side impacts to head uncovered in study

The dangers of side impacts to the head such those from football headers or boxing hooks have been uncovered in a new Irish study.

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Ministers: Nurses’ pay deal won’t result in cuts

The Government is seeking to downplay fears that surging nurses’ pay deal costs could force the health service to seek extra funds or cut back services. , insisting money is available to operate the system.

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6 common suncare mistakes not to make this summer

Katie Wright gets an expert’s advice on how to sunbathe safely.

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Increased screen time ‘linked to growth in teenage depression’

The more time teenagers spent watching TV or social media, the more severe their symptoms of depression become, a study found.

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Wearing hearing aid may help protect brain in later life, study suggests

Researchers say findings suggest encouraging people to wear an effective hearing aid may help to protect their brains and reduce their dementia risk.

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Concern that 100 permanent consultant psychiatric jobs remain unfilled

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association's expressing concern that 100 permanent consultant psychiatric jobs remain unfilled.

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Aoife Hearne: Focus on recovery not weight loss after childbirth

It’s normal to want your body to return to its pre-pregnancy shape. But dietitian Aoife Hearne says recovery, not weight loss, should be the priority

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New brain implant restores partial vision to the blind

Some vision was made possible by a video camera attached to glasses.

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Adults born prematurely twice as likely to remain virgins, study suggests

Analysis of studies covering up to 4.4 million adult participants has shown that those who were born pre-term are less likely to form romantic relationships.

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Cancer patients 'under siege' from treatment costs

Cancer sufferers are being crippled financially as they fight for survival, according to the Irish Cancer Society.

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Ask Megan Sheppard: I’m 45 and have started to get the occasional hot flush.

Peri-menopausal changes can begin anywhere from the age of 35 onwards as levels of progesterone and oestrogen typically begin to decline. Taking steps to support your hormonal health naturally at this stage should help you to transition more easily.

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'Snapping back into shape isn't normal': Dietitian Aoife Hearne gets real about post-baby weight loss

Operation Transformation dietitian Aoife Hearne believes women need to be realistic about their post-pregnancy bodies, writes Ciara McDonnell.

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6,300 patients on home help waiting list putting 'severe pressures' on services

More than 6,000 patients are waiting for home-help hours and support causing delays to hospital discharges and take up beds in acute facilities.

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Six maternal deaths recorded in Irish hospitals last year

New figures published in the HSE’s annual Irish Maternity Indicator System report reveal six women died during 2018 while pregnant or within 42 days of the termination of a pregnancy from a cause related to or aggravated by their pregnancy – four more than the previous year.

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Track and play: Olympians Marian and Rob Heffernan on importance of keeping kids active

Physical activity is essential for children, Olympians Marian and Rob Heffernan tell Cliona Foley. They also believe sport does not always have to have a competitive edge to get positive results

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Trolley crisis: Public urged to stay away Limerick Emergency Department 'unless absolutely necessary'

The UL Hospital’s Group said UHL is “currently managing high volumes of patients that have arisen due to a busy weekend in the ED”.

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78 patients waiting for beds in University Hospital Limerick, 451 nationwide

78 patients in University Hospital Limerick are waiting for bed today, according to the INMO figures.

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I’ve lost my libido due to antidepressants

I have been on antidepressants since I was 20. They have definitely helped with my mental health for the past eight years, but there is a downside: I have zero libido. Until now, this hasn’t been a problem, but I’ve met a man I want to have a fulfilling relationship with — and that includes sex. How do I get my desire back?

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Working Life: Muriel Pate, medication safety specialist pharmacist

Muriel Pate, medication safety specialist pharmacist, HSE National Quality Improvement

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HSE internal audits reveal concerns about external service providers

Concerns about how two external service providers were engaged to mitigate "significant service and governance risks" at a Cork-based service for people with autism are among the findings of a series of HSE internal audits.

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Simon Harris launches public consultation on increasing access to contraception

It follows the establishment of a working group on the matter earlier this year that was set up on the recommendation of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment.

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EPA: Nitrogen in Dublin air may be public health risk

The levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) present in Dublin’s air may pose a public health risk, a report indicates.

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High benzos rate for inner city and suburbs than in county

Anti-anxiety drugs are far more widely prescribed in parts of Cork’s inner city and some of its satellite towns than in West Cork, according to a new report on the quality and safety of healthcare.

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Bantry General Hospital has highest death rate for patients who suffer heart attacks

The average is around five in every 100 people, however it's almost nine in every 100 at the Co Cork facility.

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Stroke deaths at record low in Ireland

The fifth report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System has been published.

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10-fold hike in cases of mumps

There has been a tenfold increase in the number of cases of mumps reported in the past six months.

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Novel approach: Expand your lifespan by reading books

Novel approach: Expand your lifespan by reading books

Leafing through a tome for 3.5 hours a week can add almost two years to your life, researchers have found. Margaret Jennings talks to people aged over 50 about their reading habits Reading by the book to expand your lifespan.

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Ireland has lowest number of consultants in EU, report finds

Figures show 1,179 Irish doctors are now working in Australia, while 1,717 of the country’s doctors are working in Canada.

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OECD highlights 'catastrophic' consultant shortage

New figures confirm the “catastrophic consultant” shortage, the Irish Medical Organisation has claimed.

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Scam which targeted hospital patients reported to gardaí

A scam in which hospital patients received letters advising them they had won money in a lottery has been reported to An Garda Síochána.

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Doctors advise phasing in of free GP care for seven and eight-year-olds

The introduction of free GP care for seven and eight-year-olds should be done on a phased basis, according to doctors representatives.

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Chair of HSE board says he will not shy away from holding new HSE chief to account

The chair of the new HSE board said he will not shy away from holding the new HSE chief to account if he fails to perform.

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Free GP care being extended to children up to age eight; prescription charges to be reduced

The Taoiseach has revealed that next year free GP care will be extended to children aged seven and eight.

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Harris explores ways to allow women access to Cervical Check tribunal

Around 2,000 women who were on the national caner registry were offered the audit review.

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Women's Council calls for free contraception in Budget 2020

The biggest barrier to family planning is the high cost of contraception, according to the National Women's Council of Ireland.

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Natural health: My six-year-old daughter has eczema; I've developed golfer's elbow

Natural health: My six-year-old daughter has eczema; I've developed golfer's elbow

My six-year-old daughter has had a re-occurrence of eczema. Fortunately, it’s a mild outbreak but the skin at the back of her knees is particularly inflamed. What would you recommend?

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Betty O’Donovan, occupational health nurse, AbbVie, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork

Betty O’Donovan, occupational health nurse, AbbVie, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork

Betty O’Donovan, occupational health nurse, AbbVie, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork

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Outdoor workers urged to protect against sun exposure as deaths related to skin cancer on the rise

Working in the sun can be deadly - more than one person employed outdoors dies every week from skin cancer.

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Use of helipad at Dublin's Mater Hospital in doubt

City planners have raised concerns about the impact on locals, and some are reluctant to extend planning permission for the landing zone.

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More nurses prepared to work in Ireland due of improved pay

A survey of graduating nurses which will be published later this month will show that more are prepared to stay and work in Ireland because of improved pay.

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7,392 patients without hospital beds in June, INMO figures show

There has been a 7% rise in the number of people waiting on trolleys in hospitals across the country.

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Gut response: How to keep our digestive tract on track

Gut response: How to keep our digestive tract on track

Essential to healthy living, our digestive system tends to slow down as we age. Margaret Jennings looks at how to keep it in tip-top condition.

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PMT leaves me feeling low and tearful. Is there a natural remedy I could take?

PMT leaves me feeling low and tearful. Is there a natural remedy I could take?

Megan Sheppard shares her knowledge of PMT and cellulitis and recommendations on what to take.

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Baby preview: Prenatal testing under the microscope

Baby preview: Prenatal testing under the microscope

Pregnancy is often an anxious time, but in this country, mothers-to-be are offered a number of routine screening tests which can show whether they or their babies are at risk of certain health problems.

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Move it or lose it: Exercise to beat cognitive decline

Move it or lose it: Exercise to beat cognitive decline

The number of people with dementia is set to double in the next 20 years, so the importance of physical activity in preventing memory loss cannot be over-stressed, writes Margaret Jennings.

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Drug approved for rare genetic disorder PKU a decade after State refused to reimburse it

A drug shown to significantly improve quality of life and mental function for people with a rare genetic disorder will finally be available in Ireland from next Monday, a decade after the State first refused to reimburse it.

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Gone to pot: Leading psychiatrist on the cannabis debate

Psychiatrist Brendan Kelly says the majority of research shows an association between cannabis use and a range of psychological problems, including anxiety, depression, and psychosis.

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Mother of boy with severe epilepsy says medicinal cannabis legislation is 'life-changing'

A mother who said she felt like a criminal after security at Dublin Airport seized her son's THC medicinal cannabis last December has described the new legislation for access to such products as "life-changing".

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'It's life or death': Man pleads for residential care for brother with special needs

A man who is a full-time carer for his younger brother has made an emotional appeal for a place in residential care for his sibling.

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'Chronic pain sufferers are furious': Vera Twomey reacts to cannabis access programme

Medicinal cannabis campaigner, Vera Twomey, who secured a licence for the medication for her ill daughter Ava has cautiously welcomed the signing in to law of the access programme.

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Health Minister signs legislation to legalise use of medicinal cannabis

Health Minister signs legislation to legalise use of medicinal cannabis

The Minister for Health has signed legislation which will allow for the operation of the Medical Cannabis Access Programme on a pilot basis for five years.

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Ask a counsellor: ‘Why does my husband hate that our daughter’s dating a man going through divorce?’

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine advises a woman who thinks her husband is being ‘totally unreasonable’ about their daughter’s partner.

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Four of the most important post-workout stretches you should be doing ...

Use this routine to relieve and relax tight muscles after exercise, says Liz Connor.

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Ignoring health service workers pay demands 'dangerous', says Labour

Ignoring health service workers who are set to strike and their pay demands is "dangerous", Labour warns.

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Patients to be contacted by local hospital if strike affects procedures

The paediatric service at Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) in Tallaght and at Crumlin Hospital will be impacted by the planned industrial action by SIPTU tomorrow, Children’s Health Ireland have said.

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