Archive for the ‘ Health ’ Category

Inclusion Ireland Call For Independent Àras Attracta Inquiry

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Chairperson of Inclusion Ireland Tom Healy is calling for an independent inquiry into the Áras Attracta care home in Swinford, Co Mayo to restore confidence in disability services following the RTÉ Investigations Unit programme last night (Tuesday, 9th December).

The disturbing, distressing and shocking programme shone a depressing light on the standards of residential care for persons with intellectual disabilities in this HSE-run facility. Continue reading

Why Strength And Conditioning Matters

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Hi my name is Noel Flynn and I am a Strength and Conditioning Coach. What is that you may ask? It sounds like something to do with bodybuilding right? Wrong! So before I explain a bit about what Strength and Conditioning is or S&C like it is becoming known for short, I will give a bit of detail about WHY I got into the field of S&C. I have always been sports mad. I played soccer for Hillcrest, ran with Lucan Harriers, swam in Stewarts and played hurling with Lucan Sarsfields but my main sport to this day is Gaelic Football which I continue to play at Intermediate Level with Lucan Sarsfields. So sport has always been a huge influence in the life of myself and my family. As a kid I was playing or competing in some sport pretty much every single day. Sport was the be all and end all really and I gave huge commitment to it, especially the Gaelic and gradually the other sports fell by the wayside. I really recommend kids trying a number of sports as there is something to be gained from all of them but that topic is for another day. Continue reading

Think Pink This October And Be Breast Cancer Alert

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October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness month. Today, it is one of the most prevalent types of cancers in Ireland. Approximately 2,600 women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. Although male breast cancer is rare, there are 20 new cases reported every year. Genetic factors, physical inactivity, alcohol consumption and being overweight can increase your chances of getting breast cancer.

It is vital to be breast aware and recognise the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Women between the ages of 50-64 should avail of a free mammogram every two years. It is important to check the breast, armpit and collarbone for changes. Continue reading

Irish Film Patrick’s Day Tackles Mental Health Intimacy Rights

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As World Mental Health Day approaches there have been increased discussions in the media on the issues that those who are suffering from mental health illnesses face on a regular basis. The stigma that has in the past prevented people talking about their issues has finally begun to fade in modern day Ireland, however there is one remaining taboo, the issue of mental health and the right to intimacy.

The idea that a person suffering from mental health issues deserves the same rights to intimacy as everyone else is examined in Terry McMahon’s multi-award winning film Patrick’s Day. This film is the powerful tale of a young man with mental health issues who falls for a suicidal flight attendant only for his overprotective mother to enlist the help of a dysfunctional cop to separate them. Continue reading

Five Tips For Maintaining Excellent Skincare

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Beautiful skin is a timeless, classic trend. Magazines manifest the art of beauty by showcasing model’s with idyllic skin. Hectic social life, stressful work-load and unpredictable weather can take it’s toll on your skin. Diminish autumn blues by being attentive to your skin- care needs.

Here’s the must have secret tips for flawless skin. Continue reading

The Nutrition Corner

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The Nutrition Corner is a weekly grab of news and informed opinions on the latest developments in nutrition and health by a qualified nutritionist (both degree and PhD). 

Decoding the headlines

We all see or hear about the food and health headlines everyday in the newspapers, TV, internet blogs, the guy down the gym, the old woman down the street…One day you could be reading your morning coffee is the next best thing and the next day its going to kill you!! Most media outlets just single out one eye catching phrase or sentence from new research without going in-depth and try to explain what it means. This is why we are met with such conflicting  advice everyday that confuses everyone and undermines the important messages that we need to take in. Continue reading

Comparing Global Beer Prices

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I drink beer to supplement my bones with vitamin D and prevent bone degeneration. Saying that makes me feel I’m making a healthy lifestyle choice every time I pop a bottle. I could be, at least according to the International Journal of Endocrinology that had published a study on the health promise of beer (you can also check our previous infographic that matched beer against wine for health benefits).

But here’s the better news—beer can be dirt cheap in some corners of the planet. If you’re traveling and you enjoy a couple bottles of beer (and some more) after a day’s tour, our infographic will help you find the country where you can get really cheap “vitamin D shots”.

It doesn’t matter if you’re going to Central/Eastern Europe or Southeast Asia; both regions can get you drunk really cheap. Vietnam and Ukraine are the hands-down winners with beer at fifty nine cents per bottle. Other beer-friendly countries include: Cambodia, Czech Republic, China, Serbia, and Panama. Continue reading

Date Set For First Ever Irish Care And Mobility Show

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Ireland’s first ever Care and Mobility Show which will take place in the RDS on 13th and 14th June was launched this week by Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older people, Kathleen Lynch, show ambassador and Irish Paralympic gold medallist swimmer Darragh McDonald, Antrim Rose Jean Daly and Vicki Casserly Naughton, carer.

The show, which will be a major highlight of this year’s National Carers Week (June 9th to 15th) is aimed at the almost 600,000 people in Ireland today with a disability, 240,000 of whom have difficulty with basic physical activities. The 400,000 plus carers, 350,000 of which are unpaid will also be catered for in terms of products and services to aid them in their role of caring for their loved ones. Continue reading

Be Who You Want To Be, Not What Society Expects You To Be

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On the 2nd of November 2013, in the Lone Star State of Texas, as he has done for many years, the incredibly talented Oscar Award Winning Screen-Writer and LGBT activist Dustin Lance Black encouraged people to “tell your stories and you can change minds”. I am a heterosexual, 22 year old student from Dublin and I am ready to speak out. I am ready to express my disgust at some of my fellow citizens.

My story begins nearly 54 years to the day before I was born. On the 1st of July 1937 the people of the Irish free state decided with an
overwhelming majority to accept the provisions of a new constitution, Bunreacht na hEireann, that would set Ireland free and open up a new window of opportunity by giving Irish people the chance to succeed.

However, we are still awaiting the full enactment of the constitution. The constitution states that “all citizens, shall as human persons, be held equal before the law”. That simply is not worth the paper it’s written on. People will give me the spiel about Ireland being a democracy but I would not be writing this today if that was the case. A democracy is not just a country in which people can vote but in which people can live and not just exist. Of the group I will talk about today, the LGBT community, people, my fellow countrymen and women, find this community or group of people, hard to comprehend, hard to accept. How can people who engage in that sort of activity actually exist at all? People make choices in life and in a so called democracy they have the right to live their lives as they and only they wish to do so. Continue reading

Gastric Band Surgery Taking Off In Ireland

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39% of the Irish population are overweight. Between 1990 and 2000 there was a 67% increase in the number of overweight people.

Ten years ago, gastric bands were unheard of in Ireland but now they’re becoming a household name.

The procedure, which was once regarded as a major surgery, is performed through keyhole surgery in under an hour. Continue reading