New drink-driving law will see all drivers over the limit face a minimum three-month ban

Tuesday 30th October 2018 - Road Safety Authority - The Irish Independent

Transport Minister Shane Ross’ Road Traffic Amendment Bill came into effect on October 26, the Friday of the bank holiday weekend. The strict new legislation will place a three-month driving ban on drink-drivers, including first time offenders, detected over the alcohol limit. After mon... Read more →

Our body clocks can determine how we experience illnesses

Tuesday 30th October 2018 - Katherine Donnelly - The Irish Independent

Irish research has shown a connection between the immune system and the body's natural body clock. For the first time it has been explained why some illnesses, such as arthritis and even the common cold, are experienced differently at different times of the day. "We know that the body's circ... Read more →

12 things you need to know about stress, according to UCC's Professor of Psychiatry

Tuesday 30th October 2018 - Ted Dinan - The Irish Independent

In everyday terms, stress is a feeling that people have when they are overloaded and struggling to cope with demands. It can affect people of all ages, genders and circumstances and have a disruptive effect on your life. According to research in Ireland, 616,000 people between the age of 30 to 55 ... Read more →

I had some dark moments' - Irish mum (45) who trained in her kitchen completes gruelling world ironman championship

Wednesday 24th October 2018 - Geraldine Gittens - The Irish Independent

A 45-year-old public health nurse who completed one of the toughest sporting events in the world has described her achievement as “a dream come true”. Anne Marie Power (45), who lives in Cork, completed the 2018 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii earlier this month.... Read more →

I thought my tiredness was normal but it was a symptom of a very rare condition

Wednesday 24th October 2018 - The Irish Independent

When Marian Power complained of feeling tired in her mid-forties she didn't think twice about it, writes Arlene Harris. She was suffering from a condition called Primary Biliary Cholangitis   Feeling tired is part and parcel of the modern world - our lives are so full and busy that we const... Read more →

Sales have increased twenty-fold in the last three years'... Ireland is falling in love with a new tipple

Wednesday 24th October 2018 - Geraldine Gittens - The Irish Independent

Hollywood stars like Jennifer Aniston and Katy Perry, and model Miranda Kerr, have long touted its benefits. Now, apple cider vinegar sales are booming in Ireland, according to supermarkets and health food shops. Many believe that taking a shot of apple cider vinegar - diluted in water, sala... Read more →

Being a mother makes you a lot more empathetic towards other mothers and children' - Marissa Carter on a life-changing trip to Guinea-Bissau

Monday 22nd October 2018 - Marissa Carter

I don’t think you can prepare yourself really for seeing poverty of this scale. If you’re born a girl in a developing country, you’re more likely to be married off as a child, to not go to school, to live in poverty, to suffer violence or abuse simply because you’re a ... Read more →

Creating some calm: 10 ways to brighten your day and avoid burnout In a world where we seem to be always on the verge of burnout, journalist and editor Ailbhe Malone shares her tips on creating some calm

Monday 22nd October 2018 - Ailbhe Malone - The Irish Independent

My life went on a tiring, anxious way for the better part of 28 years, until I started treatment for a generalised anxiety disorder. When I finally began treatment, I found the process of getting better overwhelming. For so long I had put myself at the bottom of the priority list, and it was all t... Read more →

Why we're still afraid to embrace fatherhood and papoose-wearing dads Piers Morgan ridiculed a papoose-wearing Daniel Craig this week and sparked a furious debate about modern gender roles. Tanya Sweeney reports

Monday 22nd October 2018 - Tanya Sweeney - The Irish Independent

What are the chances that the manufacturers of slings, baby wraps and papooses had no idea on Monday morning that they were about to become the centre of global attention? Yet when all-round firestarter Piers Morgan gets involved, the results are going to be seismic. He's rarely stuck for a p... Read more →

Not to be sneezed at: Kleenex to ditch 'Mansize' tissues name after sexism complaints

Friday 19th October 2018 - Katie Morley - The Irish Independent

After more than sixty years, Kleenex is phasing out the Mansize tissues name following complaints by consumers that the brand name was sexist. The company is deciding instead to call the disposable handkerchiefs "Extra Large" tissues.  Kimberly-Clark, which owns Kleenex, said it succumb... Read more →