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

I was only 16 when I had my first varicose vein surgery. It’s unusual to have varicose veins so young, but both my mom and my grandmother on my dad(...)

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

I was only 16 when I had my first varicose vein surgery. It’s unusual to have varicose veins so young, but both my mom and my grandmother on my dad’s (...)

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

When I started out in the neonatal unit at the Erinville maternity hospital in Cork almost 35 years ago, I was petrified. Unlike adults, babies were n(...)

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

“Kids are different today, I hear ev’ry mother say Mother needs something today to calm her down And though she’s not really ill, there’s a little y(...)

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

Sleeping, waking I often say that in my “day job” as an anaesthetist, I put people to sleep, and in my other job, with Get Up and Go Publications, I (...)

 Majella Doherty with her son, Matthew, who was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome last December.

My husband, John, and I were away for the weekend last December when we got the message that our 16-year-old son, Matthew, was very unwell in hospital(...)

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

Since September 22nd, 1990, the day I was involved in a serious accident that I was incredibly lucky to survive, I have not been able to eat normally (...)

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

While many healthy people struggle to lose weight, the majority of patients with advanced cancer experience involuntary weight loss that can have a de(...)

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

Advances in pregnancy screening mean a woman can now find out as early as nine or 10 weeks into her pregnancy, with more than 99 per cent certainty, w(...)

Patrick Mullane and Dr John Waterstone with baby Bridget. Photograph: Micheal McSweeney/Provision

All babies are special but baby Bridget Mullane is particularly precious as her parents thought they might never be able to have a family together. Th(...)