A guide to the rights of sick and hospitalised children will be launched by the Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan, on Wednesday, which is UN Day of the Child.

The same day, Prof Fiona McNicholas of UCD, consultant child psychiatrist in Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin, will deliver the first Children In Hospital Ireland annual lecture on "Children's Participation: Choices and Challenges". For more details, contact 01-8780448 or email:

Bad circulation

About one in 10 people suffers from Raynaud's Disease, a painful condition which stops blood circulating freely to the hands and/or feet. Attacks are usually triggered by extreme temperature and those who suffer severely use battery-operated heated gloves for outdoor trips at this time of year.

For support and information contact the Irish Raynaud's and Scleroderma Society, PO Box 2958, Foxrock, Dublin 18.

Tel:01-2350900. See also

Lifelines is compiled by Dr Muiris Houston and Sylvia Thompson,