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6 easy swaps to reduce the amount of plastic in your life

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 - Madeleine Howell - The Irish Independent

The drive to cut down on disposable plastic and food waste is gaining traction, as 2018 shapes up to be the year that plastic became a dirty word. Yesterday's BBC documentary Drowning In Plastic shed new light on the scale of the damage plastic waste on the oceans and the impact on wildlife. ... Read more →

7 ways to slow down and take control of your life

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 - Claire O'Mahony - The Irish Independent

Regardless of our stage in life, many of us appear to have fallen into the cult of busyness. Professing to be run off your feet and never having any time is now a badge of honour, and a way of telling the world how significant you are and how what you do matters. It's become endemic in the workpla... Read more →

A great friend once told me never turn off the dream machine' - Irish mum-of-four on coping with 'Cancerland

Monday 1st October 2018 - Alison Kelly - The Irish Independent

In April 2014, I was rushing around from one school drop-off to another pick-up, living in a stress bubble of work, getting thinner by the day, not really knowing I was secretly dieting, but delighted with my skinny frame all the same. Two babies and waist 28-inch jeans? Fantastic, I thought as I ... Read more →

My daughter was dying and I had to say goodbye over the phone' - mother of teenager who died following allergic reaction to sesame seeds

Monday 1st October 2018 - Patrick Sawer - The Irish Independent

The mother of a teenager killed after she suffered a catastrophic allergic reaction to sesame seeds in a Pret A Manger baguette was robbed of spending her last hours with her daughter because of a six-hour flight delay. Stuck at London's Stansted Airport after being urged by her husband to ru... Read more →

Everything you need to know about Breastcheck, Cervicalcheck and Bowelscreen

Monday 1st October 2018 - Áilín Quinlan - The Irish Independent

Despite recent controversy, cancer screening is still the best way to find cancer before any symptoms appear in your body. Finding cancer this early saves lives. In Ireland there are three free screening programmes run by the National Cancer Screening service. Here is a comprehensive guide to the ... Read more →

I want to go public and to tell people how important it is' - Mum-of-four gets second chance

Friday 28th September 2018 - Áilín Quinlan - The Irish Independent

On September 13, businesswoman Emma Maye contacted this journalist - from her hospital bed. Two days earlier, the mother-of-four had undergone a hysterectomy following abnormal smear test results, and now she wanted the Irish Independent to help her punch home a crucial message to other women... Read more →

Everything you need to know about Breastcheck, Cervicalcheck and Bowelscreen

Friday 28th September 2018 - Dr Robert O'Connor - The Irish Independent

Despite recent controversy, cancer screening is still the best way to find cancer before any symptoms appear in your body. Finding cancer this early saves lives. In Ireland there are three free screening programmes run by the National Cancer Screening service. Here is a comprehensive guide to the ... Read more →

Dear Nina: I'm worried I've damaged my heart by using Difene

Friday 28th September 2018 - Nina Byrnes - The Irish Independent

Question: I've suffered for years with a bad back after a car accident in my twenties and have taken Difene regularly over the years as it's the only thing that helps. Now I read that Difene is linked to an increased risk of stroke and heart problems and I am really worried as heart disease runs i... Read more →

Pursuit of perfection is dragging girls down

Tuesday 25th September 2018 - Dr Ciara Kelly - The Irish Independent

A survey this week showed a sharp decline in the happiness of girls and young women over the past decade. The study carried out by the UK Girl Guides showed 25pc of girls described themselves as "very happy" now compared to 41pc in the last study nearly 10 years ago. Girls cited exam pressure... Read more →

'I'm learning to love and accept myself'

Tuesday 25th September 2018 - Brendan O'Connor

The meditation app tells me to let things go. I am doing the seven days of happiness right now. Day one was practising gratitude. Day two was love and accept yourself. And now we are at day three. Learn to let go. Now, before you get carried away here I should explain something to you. Whatev... Read more →