Louise Kelly: “The nurses and other patients on the ward were surprised at how young I was.” Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Louise Kelly had her first varicose vein surgery when she was 16, leaving her black and blue for weeks

Louise Kelly: ‘The nurses and other patients on the ward were surprised at how young I was.’Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Louise Kelly had her first varicose vein surgery when she was 16, leavingher black and blue for weeks

Neonatal nurse Margaret O’Driscoll  at work in  Cork University Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Margaret O’Driscoll is a midwife in the neonatal unit at Cork University Maternity Hospital, which contains the three maternity un(...)

The effect of a benzodiazepine is calming without too much sedation, although they usually cause tiredness. The drug works by increasing the power of the brain’s natural calmer, the neurotransmitter GABA. Photograph: Stockbyte

Healthcare professionals in pharmacy will debate the Irish relationship with anti-anxiety medication

Eileen Forrestal, who works as an anaesthetist in Sligo Regional Hospital and also produces the Get Up And Go Diary. Photograph: James Connolly

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Michael Hoban with his wife, Rita, in their home in Aughrim, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Having lost most of my large and small intestines, I cannot digest and must be fed all of my food intravenously

From left, Dr Aoife Ryan, lecturer in nutritional sciences, UCC, Dr Derek Power, consultant medical oncologist, Cork and Mercy University Hospitals, Ann O’Connor, lecturer in culinary arts, Cork Institute of Technology, and Éadaoin Ní Bhuachalla, research dietitian, UCC. Photograph: Neil  Hurley

Family favourite recipes have been enhanced to maximise their calorie intake

Prof Fergal Malone, chairman of the RCSI department of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.

New tests are noninvasive, and results are available within 10 days

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