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  • Beat childhood obesity with PE for two hours a week. Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has joined primary school principals in a call for mandatory PE for Irish schoolchildren. Sean Cottrell, CEO of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network made the suggestion which is also supported by the Irish Heart Foundation and the Federation of Irish sport. Said Senator Noone: “we are bottom of the EU league in ...
  • Therapist Meet Up Group in Wexford Alternative therapists are invited to a “Holistic Therapist Meet Up” group in Grangeville Tearooms in Fethard, Co Wexford at 8pm on January 30th. The aim of the “Holistic Wexford” group is to create a place “to meet like minded people, discuss topics related to our field of interest, be supportive to each other and to create ...
  • Creating garden features with living willows in Kerry Weaving living willows into a garden feature is the theme of a workshop with Medical Herbalist Christine Best and Cathy Eastman on February 15th. Participants will cut the rods in Christine’s garden at An Paircin Clinic of Herbal Medicine at Stacksmountain, Kilflynn, Tralee, Co Kerry. They will be shown how to weave them into a feature while ...
  • eReaders at bedtime disrupt sleep Those lucky enough to be given a tablet or an e-reader for Christmas should beware of reading at bedtime. Light emitting electronic devices keep readers awake longer than those people reading conventional print books. E-readers can affect the body’s circadian clock which tells it the best time to go to sleep. “We found the body’s natural circadian rhythms ...
  • Tai chi improves confidence of heart patients Chronic heart failure patients  respond well to Tai Chi exercise which improves their quality of life , mood and exercise performance confidence. A study of 100 patients with systolic heart failure showed the benefits of the practice. “Historically, patients with chronic systolic heart failure were considered too frail to exercise and, through the late 1980s, avoidance of ...
  • Christmas tips for those affected by eating disorders. Christmas can be particularly stressful for people affected by eating disorders. Socialising, changes in routine and the emotions around the festive season can increase stress, pressure and negative feelings. Bodywhys, the national voluntary organization supporting those affected by eating disorders has drawn up a list of strategies to help people cope with the holiday season. The advice is ...
  • Weight loss products contribute to obesity Overweight people conned by the claims of slimming pills actually  increase their weight problem by eating even more unhealthy foods. False beliefs about weight loss products are actually contributing to the obesity problem. While the sales of these product rocket, obesity is also on the rise. Now researchers have found that the weight loss remedies are undermining consumer ...
  • Mindfulness helps pregnant women beat depression Mindfulness is helping pregnant women with histories of major depression to protect against a recurrence. Practising meditation, breathing exercises and yoga almost halved the rate of relapse in women who struggled with depression in previous pregnancies. About 30pc of these women are likely to relapse but with the mindfulness programme that rate was cut to 18pc. “It’s important ...
  • Yoghurt cuts diabetes risk Just 28g of yoghurt a day has been linked to an 18pc   lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Other dairy products like milk and cheese do not have the same effect. The study was carried out by Harvard School of Public Health. Previous research has suggested that calcium, magnesium or specific fatty acids present in dairy ...
  • Mindfulness competition The Beehive School is running a November competition and the winner will receive a free place on their Mindfulness Open Day workshop on Saturday December 13th next at the school in Maheramore in Co Wicklow. To enter the competition simply go to http://www.facebook.com/TheBeehiveSchool “Like” the page and enter the competition which is called “Quote of the Month”.  This ...
  • Hip hop and psychiatry join to tackle mental illness Hip hop and psychiatry have joined forces in a unique project to tackle mental health. Using the lyrics and the music of artists like Nas and Tupac,  researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed the Hip Hop Psych programme. The aim is to improve mental health, the stigma of mental illness and the lack of diversity ...
  • Stressed office workers react months later Office stress can lead to workers acting out with bad behviour, but they may wait months to do so. Behaviour like taking a longer lunch or stealing office supplies can be a response to stress. The workers who do so, however, may have a delayed response and take months before they actually engage in the deviant behaviour. Psychologists  ...
  • Insomnia factor in road and accidental death Insomnia is a major contributor to road deaths and other unintentional fatal injuries. People with three main symptoms of insomnia were found to be almost three times more likely to die from a fatal injury than those who did not suffer from the condition. Difficulty falling asleep was shown to have the strongest association with fatal injuries. Those ...
  • Kidney disease risk reduced by Mediterranean diet A Mediterranean-style diet can significantly reduce the risk of developing chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease is a growing epidemic worldwide and increasing evidence suggests a link with poor diet. The Mediterranean diet includes a high consumption of fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes and healthy heart fats. It also minimizes the consumption of red meat, processed foods and sweets. The ...
  • Healing the heart with flower essences Healing the heart with flower essences is the theme of a one day workshop at City North Hotel in Co Meath on November 22nd next. The day, with Flower Essence practitioner Seamus Murphy, is designed as a journey of self discovery and healing the heart with love. Says Seamus:  ”We all experience periods of grief, anger,jealousy, heartbreak, ...
  • Art therapy for stress relief. A workshop dealing with stress relief through the use of art therapy is being held at the Centre for Creative Practices in Pembroke Street in Dublin next Thursday (November 6th). The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with art based techniques for reducing stress such as mandala making and mindfulness techniques through art. It  is designed ...
  • Night shift diet can affect liver rhythms Night shift workers might are being advised to avoid foods high in iron which may disrupt the working of their livers. Those on night shifts have higher rates of type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer because of the disruptions to their body’s circadian clock. The circadian clock in the brain, regulates sleep and eating but other body ...
  • Jet lag contributes to obesity Jet lag can contribute to obesity by disturbing the body’s daily rhythm. Like shift work, jet lag interferes with the body’s biological clock or circadian rhythms through the day-night cycle. This in turn affects the composition of the body’s microbial community leading to obesity and metabolic problems. “These findings provide an explanation for a long-standing and mysterious observation, ...
  • Post surgery pain helped by Jazz and silence Silence and jazz are both golden when it comes to helping patients recovering from surgery. Patients undergoing elective hysterectomies who listened to jazz music during their recovery experienced significantly lower heart rates. But the research also found that patients who wore noise-cancelling headphones also had lower heart rates as well as less pain. The scientists who made the ...
  • Boost kids brain power with exercise Children who want to improve at school can benefit from just two hours of extra physical activity a week. A study of 2,000 twelve year old has shown that increased physical activity stimulates learning and improves school performance. The young Swedish students were given two hours of extra play and motion activities a week in collaboration with ...
  • Autism helped by cabbage and broccoli ingredient Foods like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, known for claims they can help prevent certain cancers, have now been linked to easing classic behavioural symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). A chemical derived from the vegetables called sulforaphane was given daily to a group of teenage boys and young men, aged between 13 and 27, ...
  • Mediterranean diet reverses metabolic syndrome A Mediterranean diet of olive oil and nuts can help reverse a condition suffered by about one in four adults which leaves them at risk of diabetes and heart disease. Metabolic syndrome is the presence of three or more factors like large waist, high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides and high blood ...
  • Obesity in Irish children has stopped rising Childhood overweight and obesity rates have stopped rising among Irish primary school children. Although obesity rates remain high, with one in every four Irish children obese or overweight, there is evidence that the problem has stabilized and the rates may be beginning to fall. Researchers at University College Cork and University College Dublin  studied the obesity rates ...
  • Decaf coffee may be good for the liver Decaf coffee may be good for the liver. Coffee of any kind has been found to protect the liver and may help lower the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, non-alcholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer. It operates by lowering levels of abnormal liver enzymes. The latest study by researchers from the National Cancer Institute in ...
  • Winter cold can help you lose body fat Winter can help you lose weight but not if you are already obese. Exposure to cold temperatures can convert white fat tissue from the thighs and belly to beige fat that burns calories for heat. Unfortunately in people who are already very overweight this biological response is hampered. Brown fat known as brown adipose tissue (BAT) is a ...