Health&Fitness

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Causes And Treatment Of Back Pain

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Causes And Treatment Of Back Pain

July 10, 2014 at 10:15 am 1 comment


 Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, gives advice on treatment of back pain and examines what are the causes… UP to 84 percent of adults have low back pain at some time in their lives. Back pain is the largest single cause of lost working hours […]

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At the graduation for students of the Healthcare Support Course were, from left: Jack O'Doherty, Dylan O'Doherty, Linda O'Doherty, Tom O'Doherty, Dharma O'Doherty. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

Students Celebrate Graduation From Healthcare Course

July 7, 2014 at 10:56 am 0 comments

  Click on above ad for more IT was a momentous night for the students of a Healthcare Support Course and their families, as they graduated from the ten month long course which took place in Rahoonane Community Center. The Healthcare Support Course, which prepares people to be healthcare workers, […]

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Roger Harty: The Power Of Acceptance

Roger Harty: The Power Of Acceptance

July 6, 2014 at 10:55 am 0 comments

Click on above ad to enter a great competition ACCEPTANCE is one of the most powerful tools that you can have in your psychological welfare arsenal. I discovered this many years ago and I regularly use phrases like ‘it is as it is’ or the infamous teenage phrase of ‘whatever’ much […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Keeping Salt Levels Under Control

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Keeping Salt Levels Under Control

July 2, 2014 at 2:11 pm 0 comments

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, looks at salt and the effect too much of it can have on our bodies… AT the moment, the average Irish adult consumes up to 66% more salt than the recommended daily amount (only 6g per day) advocated by health […]

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Roger Harty: Gratitude And The Energy Within Us

Roger Harty: Gratitude And The Energy Within Us

June 29, 2014 at 11:03 am 0 comments

  Click on above ad for more IN the last article I wrote of the benefit of gratitude and why it works (read it here). I want to write more on this subject as this is the keystone to true happiness – that is how important gratitude is and it will […]

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Niall Hobbert: Ignore Negative People And Accentuate The Positive

Niall Hobbert: Ignore Negative People And Accentuate The Positive

June 28, 2014 at 8:36 am 0 comments

Click on above ad for more IT’S nearly July already, wow! How many of you have stuck to your training plans to get those summer bods or did you get disillusioned with the volume of negativity? Unfortunately Ireland doesn’t lend itself too kindly to positivity, especially when you are trying to […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Advice On Feeding Your Baby

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Advice On Feeding Your Baby

June 26, 2014 at 10:09 am 0 comments

Click above ad for details of special event Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, looks at the subject of feeding your baby… Feeding your baby is the most important, and confusing, part of new parenthood. There is too much advice out there—from relatives, in-laws, friends and […]

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Roger Harty: The Power Of Gratitude

Roger Harty: The Power Of Gratitude

June 22, 2014 at 10:16 am 0 comments

ONE of the greatest gifts we can bring to our lives is, without doubt, the ‘Power of Gratitude’. You might well ask why is this so? The answer is because it is a ‘truth’ and the truth works. We can play with this and say it works because it is […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Looking Into Infertility Problems

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Looking Into Infertility Problems

June 20, 2014 at 9:37 am 0 comments

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, looks at the subject of infertility problems… INFERTILITY is the failure of conception in a couple having regular, unprotected sex for one year provided that normal intercourse is occurring not less than twice weekly. About 10% of all couples have an […]

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Recovery Haven All Set For Celebration Of Light

Recovery Haven All Set For Celebration Of Light

June 18, 2014 at 9:31 am 0 comments

THERE’S just two days to go until thousands of people around the county take part in a special event in aid of Recovery Haven. The “Celebration of Light” event takes place this Friday at 8pm at 12 locations throughout Kerry. This has become a very important annual community event which gives an […]

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Roger Harty: Let’s Make Sense

Roger Harty: Let’s Make Sense

June 15, 2014 at 9:00 am 0 comments

TRULY living in ‘The Now’ is a most wondrous and rewarding way to live life. It might sound strange to speak the obvious to people, but the only time you can truly live is Now. Have you ever managed to live five minutes ago or in five minutes time? It is […]

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Niall Hobbert: A Healthy Body Can Help Towards A Healthy Mind

Niall Hobbert: A Healthy Body Can Help Towards A Healthy Mind

June 14, 2014 at 10:23 am 0 comments

FINALLY the sun has decided to tog out for Kerry. Long overdue if I may say. There’s nothing like getting up early to open up at 6.30am and the sun is there to greet you. It’s a brilliant feeling and you start the day with a smile on your face. […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Tackling The Obesity Problem

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Tackling The Obesity Problem

June 13, 2014 at 8:41 am 0 comments

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, offers advice on getting your weight under control An obese person is 20% or more heavier than their ideal weight. 30% of women aged 51-64 years and 13.3% of men aged 18-35 are obese. Obesity levels increased by 67% in Ireland in […]

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Finbarr Griffin at home in St Brendans Park

‘I Feel Ostracised From Society’ Says Crohn’s Sufferer

June 12, 2014 at 11:13 am 1 comment

By Gavin O’Connor A TRALEE man who has felt ostracised from society in the past because of suffering from Crohn’s Disease, has started his own Facebook page and blog to act as a support network for fellow sufferers and to break down the stigma surrounding the condition. Finbarr Griffin of St Brendan’s Park, who […]

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Mary Harkin, Go for Life Programme Manager with Mossy Kelleher accepting his 'Spirit of the Games Award' from Tony McCarthy, members of the Go for Life Steering Committee.

Mossy’s In Great Spirits After Winning Award

June 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm 0 comments

A TRALEE man has won the ‘Spirit of the Games Award’ at the Go for Life Games in Dublin at the weekend. Mossy Kelleher, from Oakpark, a member of the Kerry team, was the winner of the award where 300 older people from 17 counties celebrated sport at Dublin City University on Saturday June […]

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Roger Harty: Come To Your Senses

Roger Harty: Come To Your Senses

June 8, 2014 at 10:23 am 0 comments

MY father used to say that “the thing about common sense is that they gave it the wrong name!” Then he’d go on to say “because it’s not really that common at all.” He’d walk away and give a big laugh. Connecting with our senses is absolutely necessary for our […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Keeping Your Blood Pressure Under Control

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Keeping Your Blood Pressure Under Control

June 7, 2014 at 10:20 am 0 comments

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, offers advice on getting high blood pressure under control Blood pressure is a measure of the force that the blood applies to the walls of the arteries as it flows through them. It’s normal for blood pressure to increase when you […]

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Niall Hobbert: Invest A Little To Save A Lot

Niall Hobbert: Invest A Little To Save A Lot

June 6, 2014 at 9:28 am 0 comments

THANK you all so much for the great response to last week’s article about untrained running coaches. This week I am going to stick to the Topic of ‘Running’ for runners. It is essential to have core stability to maximize performance and prevent Injury. The core of your body is where […]

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New First Responder Scheme Planned For Ardfert Area

New First Responder Scheme Planned For Ardfert Area

June 5, 2014 at 10:17 am 0 comments

A NEW Community First Responder scheme has been planned for Ardfert and surrounding areas. The scheme, which will provide medical assistance to life-threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrests, strokes, choking and heart attacks – until the arrival of an ambulance, will be run by local volunteers. The group will also have […]

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Roger Harty: The Power Of The Breath

Roger Harty: The Power Of The Breath

May 31, 2014 at 10:41 am 1 comment

I wrote last week about the thinking mind and how we have on average 60,000 thoughts a day – 90% of which are useless and repetitive. As all these thoughts are energy that is a lot of energy needlessly being wasted? If you focus your mind on your breath (breathing […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Want To Quit Smoking?

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Want To Quit Smoking?

May 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm 0 comments

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, offers advice on quitting smoking  Why should I quit? The health benefits of stopping smoking become evident within a very short time period. • As soon as you stop smoking, body will begin to rid itself of tobacco toxins. • […]

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Niall Hobbert: Get The Right Advice Before You Start Running

Niall Hobbert: Get The Right Advice Before You Start Running

May 29, 2014 at 10:14 am 0 comments

FOLLOWING on from last week’s workout tips for getting into better shape, I hope you are all doing well and can feel a difference already. This week I will be talking about running. I love seeing people of all ages getting out there doing exercise. Whether it’s in BTS Fitness or another […]

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Roger Harty: Understanding How The Mind Works

Roger Harty: Understanding How The Mind Works

May 23, 2014 at 7:37 am 0 comments

Worry is a waste of time says Roger Harty I WAS talking to a family member a few years ago and during the conversation he informed me that it was impossible to have two thoughts in your mind at exactly the same time. There might be a minute fraction of […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Going Somewhere Exotic? Be Prepared

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Going Somewhere Exotic? Be Prepared

May 21, 2014 at 7:25 am 0 comments

Dr Caitlin O’Connor advises on the steps to take when planning a trip to an exotic country… In preparation for a trip, individuals should arrange a visit their GP, ideally six months in advance. The traveller should come with a record of prior immunizations and an itinerary. Immunization needs are […]

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Video: Get Summer Fit AND Win Gym Membership At BTS Fitness

Video: Get Summer Fit AND Win Gym Membership At BTS Fitness

May 21, 2014 at 7:24 am 1 comment

By Niall Hobbert ASK yourself are you getting the most out of your workouts? Are you summer ready? Here’s some top tips to help you get that summer body and we also have a free three month gym membership to give away. Read the details below and watch the video […]

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Roger Harty: There’s No Point In Worrying

Roger Harty: There’s No Point In Worrying

May 17, 2014 at 9:05 am 0 comments

Roger Harty asks ‘what’s the point in worrying?’ I was walking down Denny St Tralee recently and I met a friend of mine and stopped for a chat. She was worried about her daughter who had just emigrated to Perth, Australia and she was very concerned about how she was getting […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Here Comes Hay Fever Season

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Here Comes Hay Fever Season

May 15, 2014 at 7:18 am 0 comments

Meet our new health columnist, Dr Caitlin O’Connor, from Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park THE arrival of summer is not welcomed by everyone. For those with hay fever, the blooming of nature means pollen and pain. Hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, is an allergic reaction to pollen and […]

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‘Bump To Baby’ Event In CH Chemists

‘Bump To Baby’ Event In CH Chemists

May 8, 2014 at 9:24 am 0 comments

EXPECTANT mothers-to-be flocked to a special ‘Bump to Baby’ event on Wednesday in CH Chemists, The Mall. The event is aimed at mothers, fathers and parents-to-be. Some of the experts on hand included a chiropractor, a midwife, a health nurse, an alternative practitioner and a nutritionist. “It’s a very good turn […]

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The Manager of the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee, Donna Roche, with Mayor of Tralee, Pat Hussey and Orla Quirke, Bon Secours Hospital Tralee Staff Nurse Orla Quirke who is this year’s winner of INMO Nurse Preceptor of the Year 2014 at the Civic Reception on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Civic Honour For Bon Secours

May 8, 2014 at 7:33 am 0 comments

THE Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Pat Hussey, has presented the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee with a Civic Award to recognise the recent success in being chosen as Ireland’s Private Hospital of the Year 2014. The Civic Award presentation, which was proposed by Cllr Terry O’Brien at the April meeting of […]

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Little Liam Dies From Battens Disease

Little Liam Dies From Battens Disease

May 4, 2014 at 11:25 am 0 comments

YOUNG Liam Heffernan, who had been battling Batten’s Disease, has died. He was just five years old. His father Tony tweeted the news earlier yesterday morning. “#LittleLiamo has grown angelwings and joined sister Saoirse in heaven #RIP son #SuperHero No More #BattenDisease” Liam, from Castlemaine, suffered from the rare Battens […]

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