The Benefits of Being Overweight

Tuesday 24th June 2014 - Bernadette Rock - Independent

During all of my 16 years dedicated to chronic dieting and feeling out of control around food, one of my enduring beliefs was that being slim would mean I would be happier, confident and in control. Summertime sunshine tends to bring with it relentless advice on ‘5 easy steps to a toned tummy&... Read more →

Why counting beats instead of sheep may help insomnia

Tuesday 24th June 2014 - Professor Patricia Casey - Independent

Listen up insomniacs: music comes out tops in a recent large-scale study of therapeutic sleep remedies. HAVE you ever woken in the middle of the night and listened to the seconds ticking; for hours? It's as if you can hear time passing. You may have gone to bed exhausted and not been able to nod of... Read more →

What can my son take for hay fever?

Tuesday 24th June 2014 - Dr Bernadette Carr - Irish Examiner

My eight-year-old son suffers from hay fever. He loves playing sports, particularly football. What over-the-counter medicines are safe for him to take? And is there anything I can do to help? This must be distressing for you and your son. It is important that since he loves playing sports to make ... Read more →

Time to worry? Scientists find link between stress and heart troubles

Monday 23rd June 2014 - Sarah Knapton - Independent

It is known that long term stress can cause fatal heart attacks and strokes, but scientists have never known why. Stress triggers our so-called ‘fight or flight’ mechanism which sends a surge of adrenalin to help the heart pump harder and increase blood flow to enable the body to fight ... Read more →

Health case study: Living with rheumatoid arthritis

Monday 23rd June 2014 - Joy Orpen - Independent

Former nurse, Sinead Gallagher, and her friend, Jeanette, set up a successful aesthetic clinic, says Joy Orpen, but then, following the birth of her fourth child, Sinead began to experience mysterious aches and pains. Getting a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) does not mean an end to life as ... Read more →

Spread the word: butter's good for you after all

Monday 23rd June 2014 - Suzanne Campbell - Independent

In radical new research, scientists claim that this traditional family staple has unfairly been given a bad press for decades. Suzanne Campbell reports. In a provocative cover story, Time magazine urges us to ditch the health advice and eat butter. That's if you never stopped eating it anyway. ... Read more →

91-year-old cyclist shares his fitness advice

Friday 20th June 2014 - Alison O'Riordan - Independent

Two wheels are better than four, as far as 91-year-old cycling enthusiast Risteard Mulcahy is concerned. EXERCISE enthusiast and environmentalist Risteard Mulcahy relinquished his car when he turned 90 years of age and, two years later, the retired cardiologist is still pedalling his way around... Read more →

Eating well can slow down Alzheimer's onset

Friday 20th June 2014 - Rozanne Stevens - Independent

Dr Neal Barnard says diet and exercise could help fight Alzheimer's disease. FOR anyone with a friend or family member suffering from a degenerative brain disease, you know firsthand how cruel these can be. With greater understanding and awareness of these conditions, hopefully society will treat s... Read more →

Start exercising at 40 and lose those wrinkles

Friday 20th June 2014 - Peta Bee - Independent

Workouts plump the skin to keep it looking younger – and may reverse ageing in those taking up fitness in later life. Exercise can boost your bone health, keep you thin and lower your risk of getting a killer disease. It has never had a reputation for keeping wrinkles at bay, though, and I've ... Read more →

8 ways to prolong your life right now

Wednesday 18th June 2014 - Gabrielle Monaghan - Independent

Gabrielle Monaghan takes a look at eight simple ways in which you can live a longer and happier life. Maureen Armstrong has just run the Dublin Women's Mini-Marathon for the 20th time. The Tipperary woman's dedication to the 10k race is all the more remarkable for the fact that she is 89. ... Read more →

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