Fishy solution for depression

fishA fishy diet may help curb depression.

Depression affects an estimated 350million people across the world and it is projected to become the second leading cause of ill health by 2020.

A pooling of data from 26 studies involving over 150,000 participants found a 17pc reduction in the risk of depression for those eating the most fish. Continue reading

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Cocoa flavanols good for the heart


Cacao beans

Cocoa before bed might be more than a comforting, warming drink.

Cocoa flavanols improve cardiovascular function and so lessen the burden on the heart that comes with ageing and stiffening of the arteries.

The flavanols also reduce the risk of developing heart disease, the world’s number one killer. Continue reading

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Irish nurses work some of the longest shift in Europe

NurseIrish nurses are working some of the longest shifts in Europe with almost 80pc of them on shifts of more than 12 hours.

These long shifts are linked to a heightened risk of burnout, job dissatisfaction and intention to leave, according to research in BMJ Open from hospitals in 12 European countries. Continue reading

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Mindfulness pod at Malahide

Zen garden

Zen garden

If you want to rest, rejuvenate or alleviate stress  Mindfulness facilitator Nikki Fitzpatrick  is creating a ‘Relaxation Pod” in Malahide, Co Dublin on Wednesday mornings and Thursday Evenings  from the end of this month.

Nikki has worked in the area of Integrated Health Care for the past 20 years.

She is a relaxation specialist, an Occupational Therapist, a Homeopath and the mindfulness meditation teacher.

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Forage for edible seaweed in West Kerry



Spend a day foraging and cooking with seaweeds on the shoreline west of Dingle, Co Kerry.  Learn about this free superfood, which can also be used in the bath and in the garden.

Darach O Murchu, a former Silicon Valley engineer who moved back to Kerry, will lead this adventure on Sunday August  30th which ends with cooking and eating a four to six course meal Continue reading

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