Working life: Catherine Bond, CEO, Irish Foster Care Association.

6.30am
My day starts with a scan of current affairs and breaking news. 

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Tric Kearney: It's my life

Yesterday I walked from my kitchen to the hall and saw the front door lying wide open. Full panic mode swept over me, my heart racing, fear and dread taking my breath away.

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Tips on how to keep your kids safe on social media sites

Psychotherapist and author Anne McCormack says children under the age of 12 lack the psychological maturity to deal with social media

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Surviving the odds: Our little fighter

Everyone with a premature baby has a different journey, writes Conall Ó Fáthartawho looks back at his baby son’s courageous battle for life.

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Bowel disease can affect one in five people

What springs to mind when you hear the words inflammatory bowel disease or IBD? Dodgy bellies, toilet troubles?

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Mater Private: Promoting positivity around surgery

Roselyn Raj is the nurse manager of theatre recovery at Mater Private Hospital, Cork. She recently experienced a role reversal when she underwent an operation herself.

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Natural health: Seborrheic dermatitis and cellulitis

Seborrheic dermatitis (sometimes referred to as seborrheic eczema) is thought to be linked to overproduction of the yeast, says Megan Sheppard.

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Ageing: Quick, short bursts of exercise work wonders

Margaret Jennings looks at a training method making headlines following positive research results and hears some important dos and don’ts from a fitness expert.

 

 

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The shape I'm in: Brian Kennedy, singer/songwriter

Brian Kennedy finds interior decorating and cooking for friends relaxing.

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Working life: Martina Blake, HSE lead for the tobacco-free programme www.quit.ie

6.30am
I get breakfast and finish organising school lunches for my three kids — Aoibhe (8), Callum (6) and Hollie (4). 

 

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Tric Kearney: It's my life

Recently one of my children has spoken of the possibility of leaving home to work in Dublin. I was only a little younger than she is when I left to live in Cork.

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Think twice before having a one-night stand with a stranger

Research shows most women regret one-night stands. Apart from not enjoying the experience, there is a host of other health and safety risks associated with having sex with a stranger, says Áilín Quinlan.

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: My wife likes me to stay silent during sex

Female sexual satisfaction is more complex and some women develop idiosyncratic strategies to coax orgasm, says Suzi Godson.

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Girl with psoriasis refuses to cover up and made a video to tell her story

Thousands of Irish children suffer from severe psoriasis, but Pearl Tier is not about to let the condition get her down, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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How to talk to children about cancer

Helen O’Callaghan on discussing a serious diagnosis with young people.

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Men on the ward: The need to get more men into nursing

Less than 10% of general nurses are males. Jonathan deBurca Butler asks why.

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: Husband cares more about the gym than sex

Sacrificing sex in the morning for his abs could be a reflection of marital unrest, says Suzi Godson.

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Three well-known Irish people tell what family mealtimes were like for them growing up

Helen O’Callaghan hears some fond memories from family meal times through the recollections of celebrities and their mothers.

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Author Alison Canavan: Enjoy your kids when they are young

Helen O’Callaghan on the launch of Barnardos Big Toddle, Ireland’s biggest fundraiser for under-fives.

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Coeliac Awareness Week: Putting the fun into gluten-free food

When Finn Ní Fhaoláin was first diagnosed as a coeliac aged 18, she let out an expletive and then just got on with it.

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Anxiety or stress? Keep track of your negative emotions

Everyone gets stressed but constant stress can cause health issues, says Ella Walker.

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Pose your way to fitness with these 6 stretches

Hitting the mat for some dynamic yoga moves could take your run to the next level, says Amanda Khouv.

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Mater Private: Donating blood can help to save a life

Joan Fahy is a senior nurse at Mater Private Hospital, Cork. One of her specialties is haemovigilance.

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Natural health: Probiotics and dark chocolate

Probiotic organisms improve the nutritional quality of foods and enhance the absorption of nutrients, says Megan Sheppard.

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Ageing: Hidden trans fats are a heart attack on a plate

Margaret Jennings says industrially produced trans fats raise LDL cholesterol (the ‘bad’ kind) and are present in many foods, but not always labelled.

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The shape I'm in: David Gillick, Olympian

David Gillick is a member of the Vhi Support Team for the Women’s Mini Marathon on June 5.

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Working life: Dr Sean O’Sullivan, consultant neurologist, Bon Secours Hospital, Cork

7am
I am usually the first person up, so I check emails and read a bit of the news before I get the children up. I make porridge and the family has breakfast together. 

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Tric Kearney: It's my life

The other day, I was doing the ironing... I’ll just leave that sentence there, so anyone who doesn’t read on will think what a wonderful wife I am.

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Irish men discover the benefits of dancing

Irish men are shedding their inhibitions and hitting the dance floor, thanks to the success of TV shows like Dancing with the Stars, says Jonathan deBurca Butler

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: Boyfriend demands sex at least once a day

The average man has sex only 4.9 times a month. The figure for women is almost identical, says Suzi Godson.

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A 60-minute workout to vitality

Undo the effects of being deskbound by making this workout part of your daily activities.

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TMS: A radical treatment for depression

Have you heard of TMS? It stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation and, according to reports, could offer hope to people with clinical depression when other treatments haven’t helped.

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Natural health: Nail polish chemicals and morning sickness

The main issue with nail polish are the three chemicals commonly used, says Megan Sheppard.

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The shape I'm in: Brendan Murray, singer

Brendan Murray appears in semi-final 2 of The Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday, May 11, RTÉ2, 8pm.

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Karen Koster launches skin campaign in partnership with the Irish Cancer Society

Andrea Mara speaks to TV presenter Karen Koster about the importance of using sunscreen — for children and adults — from March or April when UVB rays appear.

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A parents’ guide to childcare

Helen O’Callaghan hears how to pick the best quality care.

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Ageing: Out and about on a bicycle made for three

Rickshaw-type trishaws are taking residents out of the nursing home and back to nature. It’s about Cycling Without Age, says Margaret Jennings.

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Working life: Patricia Hynds, neurofibromatosis nurse, National Children’s Hospital

6.30am
I commute from Carlow so breakfast is often coffee in the car. Jack, my 10-year-old, is usually still asleep when I set out.

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Tric Kearney: It's my life

Twenty-two years ago yer man and I had a very grown up discussion about moving house, as both of us wished to move somewhere a little more country.

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Why does the menopause remain such a taboo subject?

Why don’t we talk openly about menopause? Is it taboo? Or mere embarrassment? Áilín Quinlan investigates.

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