Ten tips on how to make the most of your day - and your commute

Wednesday 17th January 2018 - Karl Henry - Irish Independent

Welcome to our new six-part series for the new year: How To Work Well. We spend so much time in work that most people forget to take advantage of the opportunities to get healthier while actually working. This series is going to be all about simple switches and changes that you can make that wil... Read more →

What really happens to your body when you give up booze?

Tuesday 16th January 2018 - Professor Suzanne Norris - Irish Independent

Thousands of Irish people are having a 'Dry January' and abstaining from alcohol after the excesses of Christmas. But does four weeks without a drink really have any health benefits, or are we kidding ourselves? Liver specialist Professor Suzanne Norris has the answers. We are often told that t... Read more →

My hands are swollen. Could it be arthritis?

Monday 15th January 2018 - Nina Byrnes - Irish Independent

My knuckles and hands are becoming increasingly swollen the older I get and they are becoming very unsightly. I'm very conscious of them and have taken to wearing gloves as much as possible. The knuckles on my left hand are particularly swollen and I can't take my wedding ring off any more - I h... Read more →

'If I hadn't gone to the GP I'd be dead' - lung cancer survivor Tony Walsh

Friday 12th January 2018 - Kathy Donaghy - Irish Independent

Lung cancer kills more people than any other cancer. Late detection reduces survival rates, so we need to start listening to our lungs in order to spot the early signs. When Tony Walsh had a persistent cough for a few weeks, he put it down to a flu. It turned out he had lung cancer and he's now bac... Read more →

Siobhan Byrne: Take the first steps to a leaner, fitter, stronger you

Thursday 11th January 2018 - Siobhan Byrne - Irish Independent

Welcome to week one of our eight-week fitness challenge. For the next eight weeks we are going to be looking at how to create a sustainable fitness routine that you can adapt to your lifestyle to help get you fitter and leaner but, most importantly, to give you focus to challenge yourself and to... Read more →

Dr Ciara Kelly: 'I'm going from zero hours exercise to 100 days of walking'

Wednesday 10th January 2018 - Ciara Kelly - Irish Independent

I realise it's probably already too late to be wishing people a happy new year - but I'm slow about stuff like that and to me the whole start of January remains a time of note in terms of taking stock of your life and one where I like to think about how I'd like to start the year as I mean to co... Read more →

Unexpected strain of flu - not covered by vaccine - threatens further chaos in hospitals

Tuesday 9th January 2018 - Eilish O'Regan - Irish Independent

A strain of flu which is not covered by the only seasonal vaccine available free to at-risk patients is spreading and threatening to heap more misery on the country's emergency departments. Although 'Aussie flu' AH3N2 continues to be a major risk, it has been overtaken by a separate... Read more →

Coffee lowers the risk of heart failure and stroke

Monday 8th January 2018 - John von Radowitz - Irish Independent

A plant-based diet and drinking coffee may both help to reduce the risk of heart failure, say scientists. One study of five different kinds of diet found that people who ate a lot of fruit and vegetables were 42pc less likely to develop the condition than those who consumed fewer plant-... Read more →

HSE plans surgery for obese children

Friday 5th January 2018 - Fiona Dillon - Irish Independent

Preparations have begun to allow weight-loss surgery for obese children and teenagers to take place at the new National Children's Hospital, the country's top obesity expert has revealed. The HSE's clinical lead for obesity, Professor Donal O'Shea, said that gastric band surgery was desperate... Read more →

14 ways to manage indigestion

Thursday 4th January 2018 - Julia Molony - Irish Independent

Overdoing it on mulled wine and minced pies can lead to major stomach gripes at this time of year as the unholy trinity of bloating, acid reflux and abdominal discomfort make their presence known. Before reaching for the Rennies again, consider the following simple tips on how to manage indigestio... Read more →