My Health Experience: ‘Exercise is the best way I can manage arthritis’

Tuesday 27th May 2014 - Michelle McDonagh - Irish Times

If I had been told I had to give up sport after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, it would have broken me. Most people think of arthritis as a disease that affects older people but I was only 16 and in fourth year of secondary school when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Even... Read more →

Doctor's Orders: No time like present for check-up

Monday 26th May 2014 - Dr. Ciara Kelly - Independent

Most of us put off visiting the doctor at some stage, but it's important to put your health first. 'Procrastination is the enemy of achievement, Doctor," said Mrs Figgis to me the other day. (You ignore the wisdom of Mrs Figgis at your peril.) She was referring to Mr Figgis's lack of progress with ... Read more →

Settling your child into a holiday abroad!

Monday 26th May 2014 - Niamh O'Reilly - Independent

Foreign holidays can upset a child's routine but a few simple tips will ensure an easier time with less tantrums...Over the past 20 years I have travelled with many families who were looking for a little help on holidays with their kids. Each time I was doing a job, so I was pretty focused on makin... Read more →

Should I add oil to my daily smoothie?

Monday 26th May 2014 - Megan Sheppard - Irish Examiner

I juice three to four carrots with apple and ginger, sometimes beetroot, most days. Recently, I read on a website that the liver finds it difficult to process carrot juice unless it’s taken with oil. I am now taking about a tablespoon of organic extra virgin oil in my juice. Is this okay?... Read more →

Depression could knock 24 years off your life expectancy, research shows

Friday 23rd May 2014 - Rebecca Smith - Independent

MENTAL health problems including anorexia and recurrent depression are as deadly as smoking, research suggests. Oxford University researchers said that people with mental health problems in Britain have the same life expectancy as the general population in North Korea and Bangladesh. The study hig... Read more →

Doctors told to start recording obesity as a cause of death

Friday 23rd May 2014 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

DOCTORS have been told they need to record obesity on more death certificates – with one in four people now classed in the weight category. Dr John Ryan, a histopathologist at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, said obesity is being under-recorded and should be listed if a co... Read more →

Slimming pills bought online left woman with liver damage

Friday 23rd May 2014 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

A 35-year-old woman who took a food supplement she purchased on the internet to boost her energy and help lose weight ended up with severe liver damage and was told she needed a transplant. The case was highlighted yesterday by the Irish Medicines Board, which seized a haul of nearly €300,000 ... Read more →

High cholesterol may hit chances of having a baby

Thursday 22nd May 2014 - John Von Radowitz - Independent

HIGH cholesterol levels may reduce a couple's chances of having children, a study has found. The US research suggests a link between raised cholesterol and infertility as well as heart disease. When both partners in a couple had high amounts of cholesterol in their blood it took the longest time t... Read more →

Can the new 5:2 summer diet really get us beach fit?

Wednesday 21st May 2014 - Victoria Lambert - Independent

Michael Mosley, the creator of the original fast plan, gives Victoria Lambert a pep talk about his new version to get us in shape for summer. Discussing one's diet with Dr Michael Mosley, journalist and medic, feels a bit like confessing directly to God. Michael may not claim to have created the wo... Read more →

Matchbox-sized implant 'can silence snorers'

Tuesday 20th May 2014 - Rebecca Smith - Independent

A SMALL device placed under the skin can relieve a type of chronic snoring that can double the risk of death, according to researchers. The matchbox-sized implant can regulate breathing throughout the night to combat central sleep apnoea, where sufferers temporarily stop breathing as they sleep. A... Read more →