Previous generations in Ireland did not talk about their emotions, and there a sense that it was shameful, especially for men, to show emotion. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Self-expression is the timely theme of The Merriman Summer School

Diabetic retinopathy can cause the blood vessels in the lining at the back of the eye (the retina) to leak or become blocked and damage your sight.  Photograph: Thinkstock

When caught early, treatment for retinopathy is effective at reducing or preventing damage to sight

For a burn, run cold or lukewarm water over the burned area for at least 15 minutes as hot drinks can burn for that length of time after being poured.

First-aid classes for parents and childminders, to learn how to cope with a home emergency, are a must

The iFightDepression programme was launched by Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch at a seminar hosted by the National Suicide Research Foundation at University College Cork

iFightDepression uses cognitive behavioural therapy and associated exercises

Declan and Helena O’Shea with twins Theon and Asha at home in Kilmihil, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

The collection and storage of cord blood has divided medics and families alike, and the lack of legislation in this area simply ad(...)

Darren O’Toole, who has type 	1 diabetes, at home in Leixlip, Co Kildare. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Stepping Up website offers new resource to chronically ill patients moving from children’s to adult health services

 Malignant melanoma  is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, with 75 per cent of people dying within a year of diagnosis.  Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

More than 600 people are diagnosed with melanoma in Ireland every year

Longford goalkeeper Damien Sheridan: Damien Sheridan’s Longford team beat Offaly last week to bag a quarter-final place against Wexford in the Leinster senior football championship on June 7th. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

If I had been told I had to give up sport after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, it would have broken me

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