Hit the snooze button: why dreams are vital

Thursday 26th April 2018 - Kathy Donaghy - Irish Independent

As modern life interferes with quality rest, new research reveals it's not just how much you sleep, but what you do with it that counts. Kathy Donaghy reports. You know that feeling when a powerful dream you're having is interrupted and, try hard as you might, you can't just jump back in? With ... Read more →

Karl Henry: Get in tune with your body and use music to maximise workout results

Wednesday 25th April 2018 - Karl Henry - Irish Independent

One of the questions I get asked all the time is how to improve the results people are getting from their exercise. We are all so busy that it makes sense to want to get the most from our workout. Time is precious and it's a question I am always happy to answer. There are many ways to d... Read more →

New hope for migraine sufferers who could self-inject with smart drug, researchers say

Tuesday 24th April 2018 - John von Radowitz - Irish Independent

A self-injected smart drug holds out new hope for migraine sufferers who until now have had to grit their teeth and bear the pain of thunderclap headaches. Trial results show that the antibody drug erenumab can cut episodic migraine attacks by more than half in a large proportion of cas... Read more →

Fat belly can double your heart attack risk - even if your weight is normal

Monday 23rd April 2018 - Dean Gray in London - Ir

Having a fat belly doubles your heart attack risk even if you aren't obese, a study has found. Those of normal weight but a bigger belly have more chance of heart problems than those who are obese but not carrying their excess weight round the waist. Researchers tested the hypothes... Read more →

How many coffees should you have in a day? New research gives surprising results

Monday 23rd April 2018 - Newsdesk - Irish Independent

Drinking three cups of coffee will not harm your heart, leading cardiologists who carried out a new study on caffeine consumption have found. A new study from the American College of Cardiology found that consuming three cups a day can lower heart palpitation risks by 13pc, and therefor... Read more →

12 ways to help stiff and aching joints

Monday 26th March 2018 - Julia Molony - Irish Independent

They rarely get a break, so it's no wonder our joints can hurt from time to time. Julia Molony rounds up some of the best ways to ensure you remain supple. As we get older our joints get sore and it sometimes takes us a lot longer to get moving, especially after long periods of inactivity. So w... Read more →

What effect is our protein obsession having on our health?

Friday 16th March 2018 - Áilín Quinlan - Irish Independent

A courier arrived at my front door recently, requesting my signature for the delivery of some large boxes. The cartons, which were addressed to my 20-year-old son, held, I discovered on investigation, two giant containers of protein powder. I expressed my disapproval and concern to... Read more →

Escape the cult of busy by working smarter rather than harder

Monday 12th March 2018 - Katie Byrne - Irish Independent

There was a time - and it wasn't that long ago - when the word 'productivity' was used to describe labour and output. It was a dull and mechanical management term that rarely passed the lips of the average worker. And it was certainly nothing to brag about. In recent years, however... Read more →

15 ways to get the most out of your doctor's appointment

Thursday 8th March 2018 - Ailin Quinlan - Irish independent

Amid reports of a fall-off in the number of family doctors in parts of the country, many GP clinics are busier, and more time-pressured than ever before - so how do you make the most of your consultation? We've talked to experienced GPs and the Irish Patients' Association to get some useful tips... Read more →

8 ailments your dentist can diagnose... just by looking in your mouth

Monday 5th March 2018 - Dr Victor Alapoint

Avoiding the dentist's drill is usually at the forefront of our minds when sitting in the waiting room. But did you know your dental health specialist can diagnose a number of different ailments - just by looking in your mouth? The colour of your gums, the texture of your tongue and the gaps bet... Read more →