Health&Fitness

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Prevalence Of Asthma In Ireland

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Prevalence Of Asthma In Ireland

October 16, 2014 at 9:35 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park on the serious issue of asthma in Ireland… Asthma is a serious problem. Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma worldwide. One in eight of population have asthma, 20% of these do not have their symptoms controlled. The […]

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Roger Harty: The Inner Self

Roger Harty: The Inner Self

October 12, 2014 at 10:43 am Comments are Disabled

IF I posed to you a simple question with the only requisite being that you reply with a simple Yes or No,  what answer would you give? Your answer must be what you truly believe to be true. Ok, here is the question: Is the abstract important? If your answer […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Eczema And How To Treat It

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Eczema And How To Treat It

October 9, 2014 at 9:30 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park, on the Eczema skin condition… A QUERY came in from a reader recently on the topic of Eczema. The email read: “I have suffered with Eczema for the past 10 years and I have tried everything and anything. I would be very interested […]

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Fitness: Correcting Muscle Imbalance And Posture

Fitness: Correcting Muscle Imbalance And Posture

October 9, 2014 at 9:29 am Comments are Disabled

Michael Ryan of RnR Fitness on correcting muscle imbalance and posture… It is commonplace amongst regular fitness enthusiasts or gym users to ask such questions as: Why am I stronger on one side of my body than the other? Why can I lift heavier weight with one arm over the […]

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Roger Harty: Meditation – What Is It?

Roger Harty: Meditation – What Is It?

October 5, 2014 at 10:40 am Comments are Disabled

A YOUNG man came into my office recently knowing that I had an interest in the whole area of meditation and asked me ’what is it and what is it all about?’ I was just about to launch into an enthusiastic reply when he started to speak. I will never forget […]

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Sam McCauley’s Sarah Makes The Cut To Help Cancer Sufferers

Sam McCauley’s Sarah Makes The Cut To Help Cancer Sufferers

October 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm Comments are Disabled

A TRALEE woman has decided to cut 16 inches off her hair to help out cancer patients. Sarah Burke from Ballymac, who works in the cosmetics department in Sam McCauley’s Chemists in Manor West, chopped off her locks to donate to Recovery Haven, where the hair will be used in making […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Get The Vaccine, Not The Flu!

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Get The Vaccine, Not The Flu!

October 2, 2014 at 9:57 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor, of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park, on the flu vaccine… The national Annual Flu Vaccination campaign is targeting the key at-risk groups for seasonal influenza –  everyone aged over 65, health care staff and carers, and younger people with long-term illnesses such as asthma, heart […]

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Fitness: Eight Reasons Why Running Is Great For You

Fitness: Eight Reasons Why Running Is Great For You

October 1, 2014 at 12:47 pm Comments are Disabled

Michael Ryan of RnR Fitness, Tralee, on running… Running is an ancient sport and has it origins as far back as 490BC when Pheidippides ran the first ever marathon as a wartime messenger for the Greeks. It is a very primal and effective form of exercise and one to which […]

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Physio Talk: Shin-splints – Treat The Cause Not The Symptoms

Physio Talk: Shin-splints – Treat The Cause Not The Symptoms

September 30, 2014 at 10:04 am Comments are Disabled

Chartered Physiotherapist, Dr Derek Griffin, on the problem 0f Shin-splints… 1. Introduction Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) or “shin splints” is a common running-related injury with approximately 15% of novice runners reporting shin pain within a year of starting running. The problem is often difficult to manage with recent evidence […]

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Roger Harty: The Difference Between Success And Happiness

Roger Harty: The Difference Between Success And Happiness

September 28, 2014 at 9:33 am 1 comment

SUCCESS: Is having what you want. Happiness: Is wanting what you have. Very often we hear in life ‘don’t take things literally’, but in this case, I think to get the full meaning and benefit of the above mentioned definitions, it is important to take every word literally as it was […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Reasons For Immunisation

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Reasons For Immunisation

September 26, 2014 at 10:12 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park, on immunisations…  What is immunisation? Immunisation is the use of a vaccine to protect against a disease. Vaccination is simple, safe and effective. The risks of having these diseases are far greater than the risk of any minor side effects […]

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Fitness: Why Willpower And Motivation Are So Vital

Fitness: Why Willpower And Motivation Are So Vital

September 26, 2014 at 9:24 am Comments are Disabled

Michael Ryan of RnR Fitness, Tralee, on how motivation and willpower is so important… This week we are going to touch on the subject of motivation and willpower and how it plays such a vital role in helping you reach your fitness goals. The mind and the power of the […]

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Physio Talk: Strength Training For Endurance Athletes

Physio Talk: Strength Training For Endurance Athletes

September 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm Comments are Disabled

With the popularity of triathlons and other endurance sports growing and growing, Dr Derek Griffin gives advice on how to prepare… 1. Background Recent scientific evidence has shown that overuse sport injuries can be reduced by as much as 50% with the addition of strength training. Despite this, it is […]

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Roger Harty: Stress – What Is It?

Roger Harty: Stress – What Is It?

September 21, 2014 at 10:02 am 1 comment

IF one is to succeed in life, it is important to have the right answers, but in my opinion it is of far more importance to ask the right questions. A great question to ask is –‘what is stress?’ I think it would be fair to say that stress is […]

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Shape Up With Siobhan: Whole Health – Mental Health

Shape Up With Siobhan: Whole Health – Mental Health

September 18, 2014 at 8:24 am Comments are Disabled

Our fitness expert, Siobhan Sentry, of Advanced Fitness Education, talks about the relationship between physical health and mental wellbeing…. Mental health is a topic that’s close to most people’s hearts. People can get a little uncomfortable when talking about mental health, but the funny thing about it is that everyone […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Vital Breast Screening Process

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Vital Breast Screening Process

September 18, 2014 at 8:21 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, gives information on the vital Breast Screening service which saves lives… BreastCheck is a free health service which offers breast screening to women aged 50-64 every two years. It is fully funded by the Government. It aims to reduce deaths from […]

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Roger Harty: The Link Between Health And Fear

Roger Harty: The Link Between Health And Fear

September 14, 2014 at 10:04 am Comments are Disabled

THERE is a saying that goes like this: ‘If you always do what you always did you will always get what you always got’ (Definition of madness: keep on doing the same thing and expecting a different result!). This is what I call a ‘truism’, in other words – our […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Common Complaint Of Tension-Type Headaches

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Common Complaint Of Tension-Type Headaches

September 12, 2014 at 9:43 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of St Brendan’s Park Medical Centre, looks at the problem of tension-type headaches which affects about half of adults… Tension-type headache is the common type of headache that most people have at some time. One study found that, on average: • About half of adults have a […]

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Shape Up With Siobhan: Apps For Strength Training

Shape Up With Siobhan: Apps For Strength Training

September 11, 2014 at 10:20 am Comments are Disabled

  Our fitness expert, Siobhan Sentry, of Advanced Fitness Education, recommenders more fitness apps aimed slightly more at strength training…. 1. Full Fitness This app is just so handy to have on the phone. It has a huge bank of exercises and instructions with videos on how to do each […]

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Bons Hospital Is Tops For Hand Hygiene

Bons Hospital Is Tops For Hand Hygiene

September 10, 2014 at 9:35 am Comments are Disabled

THE staff at the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee, Ireland’s Private Hospital of the Year for 2014, are the most compliant in Ireland for hand hygiene, according to statistics published by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). Based on figures submitted by the hospital to the HPSC for the month of […]

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Roger Harty: Fear And Modern Business

Roger Harty: Fear And Modern Business

September 7, 2014 at 9:40 am Comments are Disabled

THERE is a saying about a train that even though ‘it is on the right track it should keep moving’. The reason for this is obvious because if it doesn’t keep moving it runs the risk of getting derailed by another train coming up behind. This might seem like a […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Head Lice Are Not Nice

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Head Lice Are Not Nice

September 4, 2014 at 9:20 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of St Brendan’s Park Medical Centre, looks at the problem of head lice which can occur when children go back to school… Head lice are tiny greyish-brown wingless insects that are about the size of a sesame seed when fully grown. They have six legs that end […]

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Shape Up With Siobhan: My Favourite Fitness Apps

Shape Up With Siobhan: My Favourite Fitness Apps

September 4, 2014 at 9:19 am Comments are Disabled

Our fitness expert, Siobhan Sentry of Advanced Fitness Education, says downloading the right app can be like having a personal trainer in your pocket… As some of you know I did some work for a fairly big computer company for a while, one of the projects I worked on was making […]

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Roger Harty: Fear And Living In The Modern World

Roger Harty: Fear And Living In The Modern World

August 31, 2014 at 10:52 am Comments are Disabled

IN my previous article (here) I wrote about how ancient man experienced real fear. The reality that he was going to die when he stepped out of his immediate environment (comfort zone) for more rewards (rich pickings) with the prospect (risk) of attack from dangerous wild animals or neighbouring tribes. […]

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KGH Nursing Staff Shortage At Crisis Point Says INMO

KGH Nursing Staff Shortage At Crisis Point Says INMO

August 29, 2014 at 8:24 am Comments are Disabled

THE shortage of nurses within Kerry General Hospital has reached crisis point according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. The INMO is  now calling for an immediate recruitment of staff specific to KGH to address this crisis. “The situation that currently exists within Kerry General Hospital is unsafe and […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Heavy Schoolbags Can Damage Children’s Spines

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Heavy Schoolbags Can Damage Children’s Spines

August 28, 2014 at 8:40 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, on how parents can ensure heavy schoolbags don’t cause long-term damage to children’s spines… Schoolchildren may be damaging their spines by carrying heavy schoolbags. Risks include muscle strain, distortion of the natural ‘S’ curve of the spine and rounding of […]

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Shape Up With Siobhan: Plan For The Cold Winter Months

Shape Up With Siobhan: Plan For The Cold Winter Months

August 27, 2014 at 9:38 am Comments are Disabled

Our fitness expert, Siobhan Sentry of Advanced Fitness Education, on how your routine will change with the onset of winter… AS the evenings start to get a little darker it may be time to start planning your exercise for the winter months. Are you super-dedicated and will still exercise outdoors […]

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Roger Harty: Stepping Out Of The Comfort Zone

Roger Harty: Stepping Out Of The Comfort Zone

August 24, 2014 at 9:20 am Comments are Disabled

IN my previous article (here) I wrote about how ancient man used his senses to conquer his immediate environs. Thus, what he saw, heard, tasted ,touched and smelled became absolutely vital for his survival. Over the thousands of years that have passed, nothing has changed since and whether we realise […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: When Drinking Becomes Dangerous

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: When Drinking Becomes Dangerous

August 22, 2014 at 9:18 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, on the abuse of alcohol and its effects… Sensible drinking Nearly one in four adults risks their health by drinking more than the recommended daily amount of alcohol. One unit is equal to 8g, or about 10ml, of pure alcohol. […]

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Siobhan Sentry: The Secret To Toning Up

Siobhan Sentry: The Secret To Toning Up

August 21, 2014 at 9:43 am Comments are Disabled

Our fitness expert, Siobhan Sentry of Advanced Fitness Education, on how to tone up… HOW many times have you said or someone you know said “I simply want to tone up” well, I’m going to write a bit about toning up and what it really means. I believe a lot […]

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