Bikini Season: Eight foods to beat the bloat

Friday 13th June 2014 - Freya Drohan - Independent

With dieticians advocating super foods, Paleo fanatics taking over Instagram, and celebrities promoting the latest fad (5:2 we’re looking at you) - the struggle to get bikini ready is as confusing as ever. It’s time to go back to basics- your body will naturally respond. Whether you&rs... Read more →

Foods to fuel your fertility

Friday 13th June 2014 - Paula Mee - Irish Times

Semen quality is on the decline but certain micronutrients can boost your chances of fertility This afternoon, students will be storming through the Leaving Cert biology paper. Despite the rather lengthy copy on human reproduction, the notes in our house contain only a handful of points about male ... Read more →

Opening up: the first step is the steepest

Friday 13th June 2014 - Aoife Valentine - Irish Times

Suicide is the leading cause of death in young Irish males. Why are they so reluctant to talk? Counselling services within universities have been put under severe pressure recently, with many colleges reporting waiting lists of up to six weeks. With one in five young people in Ireland suffering a m... Read more →

High protein diets 'cut stroke risk'

Thursday 12th June 2014 - John Von Radowitz - Independent

High protein diets may protect against stroke, especially if they contain a lot of fish, scientists have said. Researchers analysed seven diet studies involving a total of 254,489 participants whose progress was monitored for an average of 14 years. Those who ate the most protein were 20pc less li... Read more →

8 reasons resistance training is the best thing you can do for your body

Thursday 12th June 2014 - Karl Henry - Independent

Resistance training is unquestionably the best training that you can do. It will deliver more benefits than any other style of training, in every way. From mental to physical benefits and everything else, resistance work is where it's at. Yet so many people are scared of it. Firstly you need to rem... Read more →

Eating as a family lowers obesity risk research finds

Thursday 12th June 2014 - Independent - Independent

CHILDREN who eat breakfast and dinner with parents are less likely to be overweight than those who do not. But children who eat lunch with their parents are more likely to be overweight, research presented to the European Congress on Obesity revealed. The new study, named Energy, covered eight Eur... Read more →

Lupus: What to do when the body attacks itself

Wednesday 11th June 2014 - Shane Cochrane - Independent

Jessica Doran knew something wasn't right, but it took weeks of tests and agonising pain before she was finally diagnosed with lupus. IT SHOULD have been an enjoyable night out with friends to celebrate her 17th birthday. But during the meal, Jessica Doran began to feel unwell. "I started getti... Read more →

Revolutionary MS drug must be free – Marie's widower

Wednesday 11th June 2014 - Emma Jane Hade and Louise Hogan - Independent

THE partner of the late Marie Fleming has backed a campaign calling on the Government to make a new "revolutionary" drug available on a state scheme to multiple sclerosis sufferers. Tom Curran, whose partner Marie died from the condition late last year, has said that his only concern is that "peopl... Read more →

Daily "tomato pill" can significantly improve the functioning of blood vessels in patients with heart disease

Wednesday 11th June 2014 - Independent - Independent

A daily "tomato pill" can significantly improve the functioning of blood vessels in patients with heart disease, research has shown. The findings suggest that a powerful antioxidant in tomatoes may contribute to the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Participants in the study were given a su... Read more →

Health case study: No rash decision on meningitis

Monday 9th June 2014 - Joy Orpen - Independent

The happy home life of nurse, Treasa Callanan, almost fell apart when her baby boy was struck down by meningitis, says Joy Orpen. Treasa tells of the battle to save little Fiachra's life and the signs every parent should watch for. Even though his mother is an experienced nurse, baby Fiachra Callan... Read more →