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Alcohol-related health problems and deaths are increasing among Irish women as their patterns of drinking have changed dramatically during the past 20 years, an Action Alcohol Ireland conference was told this week.

“The truth is that women are now starting to outpace men in terms of risky drinking. We need to jumpstart a public health dialogue on the meaning of low–risk...

Jamie Googan is a martial arts and fitness instructor, a full–time CIT student, chairperson of the CIT swimming club and a qualified personal trainer. Until recently, in spite of his achievements, he found it difficult to speak to anyone however, because of a chronic stammer. He couldn’t even say his own name, and had to ask friends and family to make phone calls on his behalf. On...

This week, The ISPCC announced that over 300 children who called Childline were “at urgent risk of suicide” throughout 2014. The national child protection and welfare charity, which runs Childline, unveiled annual statistics which showed that over a thousand children contacted the organisation in relation to suicide. Over 300 had already acted on or made plans to take their own...

Orla McLoughlin and Marianne Wall are registered counselling psychologists and founders of Smart Psychology, helping people to overcome their difficulties through workshops, courses and counselling. They’ve teamed up with The Cork News to offer practical advice for our readers. This week, making that change!

With the evenings getting longer and the weather improving it is a good...

Almost one third of men in Ireland would still rather bury their head in the sand than talk about sensitive health issues, whether physical or mental.
 
Research published this month shows that nearly one in four Irish men are mroe comfortable discussing difficult financial matters than they are discussing health issues, even with their partners or spouses.
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Following the death of a young women in the UK after an overdose of controversial slimming pills which she bought online, medical experts here have warned that ‘diet pills’ may seem like a quick and easy alternative to discipline and activity but can cause devastating consequences.

Eloise Parry died earlier this month after taking eight pills which she bought online. They...

New research among some of the 60,000 school children, parents and teachers who are taking part in laya healthcare’s ‘Super Troopers’ initiative, Ireland’s first ‘health homework’ programme, shows that treating daily physical activity with the same importance as regular schoolwork has resulted in a sustained increase in daily activity levels, improved...

A new study has shown that grandparents who spend a significant amount of time looking after their grandchildren — especially to the detriment of their own personal time, hobbies, or social lives — are more likely to suffer from depression than their peers who don’t spend as much (or any) time with responsibility for their children’s children.

The Trinity College...

In spite of mountains — if not entire continents — of evidence to the contrary, a small but incredibly loud cadré of people have been spreading the message that vaccination against any one of a number of potentially lethal diseases is somehow linked to anything from autism to ADHD to psychiatric and metabolic disorders. None of their claims are true, and the man whose work...

We have become a sleep deprived nation due to shift work patterns, increased stress and unhealthy lifestyles. The good news is that small changes can make a big difference in improving your sleep.

• Make your bedroom a pleasant place
• Remove all technology from your bedroom
• Use dim lighting in the evening and bright light in the morning
• Make...

The government’s ‘plain packaging for cigarettes’ plan has raised the hackles of ‘Big Tobacco’, the catch–all name for the enormous international tobacco lobby, to such an extent that three of the biggest players in the tobacco game are lining up to sue them.

Giants Philip Morris, JTI and Imperial Tobacco have all reacted with outrage to the new law,...

This Saturday, April 11th, will see the launch a new addition to the the Jagged Edge Tour in Crosshaven, which takes place every year for Breakthrough Cancer Research: a new family fun cycle from Crosshaven to Carrigaline and back, over a distance of 12km.

The Jagged Edge event consists of three different routes, all starting in Crosshaven Village. There’s the 130km Pain route,...

Cork’s ARC Cancer Support House got a boost from a heavy hitter as it lanched its new identity this week, welcoming Munster Rugby superstar Simon Zebo on board to epitomise ARC’s goals of honesty, strength, inspiration, energy and passion.

The charity has been part of Cork since 2003 and provides emtional support for cancer patients and their families from all over Munster....

New proposals governing parental leave, announced this week, have been praised by parent support groups and advoates of increased paternal leave. If the government takes up the proposals of its own special advisory group, it will mean that parents will be entitled to 12 months of shared, paid parental leave.

The new plans would allow new mothers and fathers to split up to 52 weeks of...

Mercy University Hospital has taken possession of a new echocardiogram machine which will prove a major enhancement for cardiac and stroke services in Cork. The €80,000 needed to buy the new machine was raised through the C103 Mercy Miracles Appeal and the Mercy Hospital Foundation Cardiology Fund. Cardiac Technician, Tiago Silvertre, explained why the new machine is such an improvement...

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