Sharing my struggle with mental illness has really helped

Wednesday 28th May 2014 - Fiona Kennedy - Independent

Fiona Kennedy iis urging fellow sufferers to reach out to family and friends for help, for love and support and most vitally, a listening ear. Mental illness thrives on secrecy and isolation, says Fiona Kennedy. She is urging fellow sufferers to reach out to family and friends for help, for lov... Read more →

Expose your body to cold conditions to drop some weight

Wednesday 28th May 2014 - Peta Bee - Irish Examiner

YOU may be holding out hope for a summer heat wave, but the hottest way to get in shape this summer is to keep your cool. Forget hot yoga, stifling gyms and bubbling hot tubs, the most effective way of shedding body fat and boosting your metabolism is to stay in cold temperatures as often as you ca... Read more →

Children hit as arthritis sufferers' medical cards cut

Tuesday 27th May 2014 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

NEARLY two-thirds of arthritis sufferers said their discretionary medical cards have been removed or put under review – leaving some unable to afford their medication. Children who have the painful condition have been particularly badly hit and the removal or review of the cards has affec... Read more →

Diet a factor for 40% of IVF patients

Tuesday 27th May 2014 - Claire O'Sullivan - Irish Examiner

As research shows high cholesterol levels can reduce a couple’s chance of conceiving a baby, a leading Irish fertility expert has said up to 40% of his new patients may have fertility problems due to their poor lifestyle. Research in the US has shown that when one or both people in a couple h... Read more →

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 →