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The water makes your problems seem smaller' - Sea swimming in the depths of winter when the water is biting cold

Friday 9th November 2018 - Kathy Donaghy - The Irish Independent

When the sun shines, there's nothing better than taking a dip in the ocean. But in the depths of winter when the water is biting cold, would you still fancy a swim? The sand is cold underfoot. I look out to sea. It's flat and calm, but the chill in the air runs through my body. I know the water i... Read more →

Simple things we can do to restore the ocean - and how it can heal us

Tuesday 6th November 2018 - The Irish Independent - The Irish Independent

As an island nation with a rising tide of plastic around us, there's a growing awareness of the plight of Ireland's seas. Here, three environmentalists tell Kathy Donaghy the simple steps we can all take to restore the ocean - and how it can heal us, too. It's estimated that there are 51 trillion... Read more →

I would never let anyone ruin my opportunities' - Best chef in the world on dealing with kitchen bullies

Tuesday 6th November 2018 - Geraldine Gittens - The Irish Independent

Clare Smyth, voted the best female chef in the world, has dealt with her fair share of kitchen bullies. The 40-year-old, who was awarded two Michelin stars this year for her restaurant Core, tells Independent.ie that kitchens were places of "fear" when she trained to be a chef. Smyth was the... Read more →

The cardboard baby box should not be promoted as a safe sleeping space' - expert warns

Tuesday 6th November 2018 - The Irish Independent - The Irish Independent

Cardboard baby boxes are being promoted for infant sleep as a safe alternative to more traditional cots, bassinets, or Moses baskets, without any evidence in place, experts warn. In a letter to the British Medical Journal, Prof Peter Blair at the University of Bristol argues that, without sup... Read more →

World Vegan Day: The brands that are leading the revolution

Friday 2nd November 2018 - Deirdre Rooney

From faux-leather handbags to beetroot burgers that 'bleed', Deirdre Reynolds celebrates World Vegan Day with a look at the brands that are leading the revolution   Lentil soup and hemp sandals could soon be a distant memory for animal lovers. Between plant burgers that 'bleed' and fake lea... Read more →

How to cope with loss: Experts' advice to help navigate bereavement

Friday 2nd November 2018 - The Irish Independent

In his 1961 collection, A Grief Observed, the famed poet and author CS Lewis says that, "bereavement is a universal part of the experience of love… it is not the interruption of the dance, but the next figure of the dance". Unfortunately, when it comes to loss, very few of us have an inbuil... Read more →

Can toy bricks help millennials de-stress?

Friday 2nd November 2018 - The Irish Independent - The Irish Independent

As Lego targets the stressed-out millennial market, can it be a form of therapy? It has long been acknowledged as a great way to keep kids occupied for an hour or two. Now Lego is encouraging stressed-out millennials to rediscover their inner child - and in the process find some much-needed inner... Read more →

Sick pay delay 'down to move to new system'

Wednesday 31st October 2018 - John Downing - https://www.independent.ie/business/personal-finance/latest-news/sick-pay-delay-down-to-move-to-new-system-37473328.html

Thousands of people face delay in sick pay, causing unnecessary suffering, the Government has been warned. Fianna Fáil's welfare spokesman Willie O'Dea has urged Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty to intervene and ensure that every citizen entitled to illness benefit gets their ... Read more →

How going vegan may be the secret to managing diabetes

Wednesday 31st October 2018 - Ella Pickover - The Irish Independent

Vegan diets may help the management of diabetes, a review has suggested. Researchers found that predominantly plant-based or vegan diets can help manage blood sugar levels and weight among diabetes patients. The study found that such diets could also "significantly improve psychological heal... Read more →

Children 'at higher risk of obesity if they take antibiotics in infancy'

Wednesday 31st October 2018 - Ella Pickover - The Irish Independent

Taking antibiotics in infancy has been linked to a higher risk of obesity, a study suggests. Researchers said the drugs may alter gut bacteria, making a child more susceptible to weight gain. Antacids - drugs taken to curb excessive stomach acid - taken in the first two years of life may als... Read more →