The cardboard baby box should not be promoted as a safe sleeping space' - expert warns

Tuesday 6th November 2018 - The Irish Independent - The Irish Independent

Cardboard baby boxes are being promoted for infant sleep as a safe alternative to more traditional cots, bassinets, or Moses baskets, without any evidence in place, experts warn. In a letter to the British Medical Journal, Prof Peter Blair at the University of Bristol argues that, without sup... Read more →

World Vegan Day: The brands that are leading the revolution

Friday 2nd November 2018 - Deirdre Rooney

From faux-leather handbags to beetroot burgers that 'bleed', Deirdre Reynolds celebrates World Vegan Day with a look at the brands that are leading the revolution   Lentil soup and hemp sandals could soon be a distant memory for animal lovers. Between plant burgers that 'bleed' and fake lea... Read more →

How to cope with loss: Experts' advice to help navigate bereavement

Friday 2nd November 2018 - The Irish Independent

In his 1961 collection, A Grief Observed, the famed poet and author CS Lewis says that, "bereavement is a universal part of the experience of love… it is not the interruption of the dance, but the next figure of the dance". Unfortunately, when it comes to loss, very few of us have an inbuil... Read more →

Can toy bricks help millennials de-stress?

Friday 2nd November 2018 - The Irish Independent - The Irish Independent

As Lego targets the stressed-out millennial market, can it be a form of therapy? It has long been acknowledged as a great way to keep kids occupied for an hour or two. Now Lego is encouraging stressed-out millennials to rediscover their inner child - and in the process find some much-needed inner... Read more →

Sick pay delay 'down to move to new system'

Wednesday 31st October 2018 - John Downing -

Thousands of people face delay in sick pay, causing unnecessary suffering, the Government has been warned. Fianna Fáil's welfare spokesman Willie O'Dea has urged Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty to intervene and ensure that every citizen entitled to illness benefit gets their ... Read more →

How going vegan may be the secret to managing diabetes

Wednesday 31st October 2018 - Ella Pickover - The Irish Independent

Vegan diets may help the management of diabetes, a review has suggested. Researchers found that predominantly plant-based or vegan diets can help manage blood sugar levels and weight among diabetes patients. The study found that such diets could also "significantly improve psychological heal... Read more →

Children 'at higher risk of obesity if they take antibiotics in infancy'

Wednesday 31st October 2018 - Ella Pickover - The Irish Independent

Taking antibiotics in infancy has been linked to a higher risk of obesity, a study suggests. Researchers said the drugs may alter gut bacteria, making a child more susceptible to weight gain. Antacids - drugs taken to curb excessive stomach acid - taken in the first two years of life may als... Read more →

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 →