Naomi Donaldson, Ellen McEvoy, Moira McLoughlin and Deirdre Daly at the launch of Messages for Mothers. Photograph: Mark Monahan

An online course reveals all about everything from pelvic girdle pain to depression

Developers ‘need to go out early to talk to people about their plans’

Time for capital to look at co-housing and co-living, event told

Keith Byrne, who was diagnosed with MS at the age of 31, with his wife Michelle with son Oliver.Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

‘It was even a shock to my doctor when the diagnosis of MS came back,’ says Keith Byrne

Autumn oak in Donadea, Co Kildare: Our fascination with trees is not just because they are objects of beauty but because they are “living beings that breathe and grow and struggle to survive and recreate just as we do ourselves”.

Prior to modern green thinking, mythology surrounded the identity of ancient Irish trees

‘I recommend all families keep a hopefulness jar filled with post-it notes with suggested things to do to make everyone feel better.’ Photograph: iStock

‘Keep the lines of communication open, demystify the illness and take the scariness out’

Beth Francis in the throes of a migraine attack. ‘It’s difficult when your partner is vivacious, full of life, witty, clever, charming and brilliant and then is catatonic with pain and you don’t know when the next one will be,’ says her partner

By the time Beth Francis was in her twenties she was having up to 28 migraines a month

Sisters Linda Jones and Jane Gantley were diagnosed with breast cancer within a year of each other. Photograph: Alan Betson

When Jane Gantley was diagnosed with breast cancer, the support of her sister Linda, who was just finishing treatment for the dise(...)

Forest bathing: an increasingly popular wellness practice that may help prevent ill-health. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

‘It’s all about connecting with nature, slowing down and getting into your body’

Bumblebee Farm’s collaboration with chef Eddie Attwell has been a match made in heaven. Photograph: John Daly/Inspire Group

Bumblebee Flower Farm supplies edible blooms for creative chefs across Ireland

Over 90 per cent of those authorised for medical cannabis in the United States are recreational users, according to author Alex Berenson. Photograph: iStock

Berenson says there are almost no medical benefits of cannabis in randomised controlled trials

Sea kayaking at Reen Pier, Union Hall, west Cork at  twilight. Photograph: Emma Jervis

A restorative day of paddling around Sherkin Island and Roaringwater Bay off west Cork

The most accurate land-cover maps for Ireland come from a pan European dataset produced by member states for the European Environment Agency.

Experts agree that accurate information among best ways to make policy decisions

Culture Night offers the chance to try some yoga at various venues around the country. Photograph: iStock

Health and wellbeing venues around the country will host workshops, music, films and debate on everything from sustainable food pr(...)

David Williamson.

Two young men talk about their challenges on the road from addiction to recovery

People with chronic pain should learn what kinds of movements they can do without triggering a flare-up in pain. Photograph: iStock

To best manage such pain, stress, sleep and work life must be taken into account

Charlotte Salter-Townshend,  who devised the new walks,  will focus on the geographical origins of plants and the role some played in the development of slavery and international trading routes

Guided walks include an exploration of the plants whose trade played a role in the rise and fall of empires

One way of better managing your use of a smartphone is to leave it in another room before you go to bed. Photograph: Getty Images

People’s dependence on their devices can contribute to range of more serious problems

 Irish wildflower expert Sandro Cafolla in the wildflower meadow in Cabinteely Park, Co Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sandro Cafolla gives talks on how best to introduce wildflowers in parks and gardens

Climate crisis: people cool off by the Eiffel Tower in Paris in July. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Scientists and doctors unite in call to act on climate change to protect human health

Healthy heritage: Derek Whelan and Peter Clarke, who will lead walks along the Grand and Royal Canals in Dublin for National Heritage Week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

From whale-watching to bell-ringing, there’s something for everyone

Some of the athletes who will compete at the World Transplant Games, from left: Anna Anna Pokojska, Aodhagan Cullen, Mike Keohane, Mary Fitzgerald, Rachel Eagleton and Thomas Flannery.

For the 38-strong Irish team preparing to take part in the World Transplant Games, their organ donors are very much on their minds

John Cregan with Patsy, left, and Mary Cregan at the 2018 GAA Hurling All Ireland medal presentation to Limerick at Adare Manor Hotel in Limerick. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene

When nurse Mary Cregan was dying of a brain tumour, her family took great comfort from the support of the Irish Cancer Society’s n(...)

Sorely missed: Kate Holmquist in 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson

The late Irish Times journalist’s gift was to ‘recognise the power of people’s stories’

The setting sun while kayaking off Howth harbour.

‘The evening will stand out as one of the most enjoyable things I’ve had done this summer’

Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard wrote, ‘every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness’. Photograph: iStock

Prof Shane O’Mara lives his life on his feet and has dedicated a new book to the topic

From left: Tonya Myles, Emilia Marchelewska, Junyu Wang and Juljia. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Health advocacy organisation Cairde has launched a new website to introduce the different Irish health services to newcomers to th(...)

World champion canoeist Jenny Egan was one of the speakers at the Sport Ireland event. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Sport Ireland event aims to empower teenage girls in training and competitions

The Tusla Child and Family agency offers a list of tips to parents

A complaint about a creche can be investigated through Tusla

Clodagh Kelly and Katie Harrington, aka 'Climate Queens', only buy second-hand clothing, or swap items with friends. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The clothing industry is one of the most polluting in the world, but how can we slow it down?

While helmets make cycling safer in places where accidents are more likely or when cycling as a sport, people who cycle in cities where cycling is the norm rarely wear helmets for short journeys.

Women on Wheels call for segregated cycling routes as only way to foster ‘inclusive cycling’

Kay Redfield Jamison: ‘We need more people – doctors, lawyers and other professionals – to talk about their experiences of living with bipolar disorder.’

American psychiatrist and writer Kay Redfield Jamison has been open about sharing her experiences of mania and depression and want(...)

John Lewis-Stempel: ‘If you farm with wildlife in mind, and drop the chemicals, you can actually get more productivity but do less harm to the soil and the environment generally. We have only about 100 harvests left if we don’t take care of our soil.’

Nature-writer and farmer John Lewis-Stempel is on a mission to prove that farming the old-fashioned way is not only kind to wildli(...)

Prof Dan Siegel (left), Senator Frances Black, Mary Lovegrove and Michael Griffith from Mindful Nation Ireland, and UK MP Chris Ruane

‘We spend too much time rushing from one thing to another’: Why TDs and Senators could benefit from daily meditation

Award-winning children’s author, Michael Morpurgo says that children have got to feel that nature belongs to them if they are to love and protect it.

Author Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare are founders of the Farms for City Children charity

Aimed at all ages – from babies to grannies -  it will transform the beautiful yet compact grounds of the 18th Century stately home.  Photograph: Ruth Medjber

What’s on, tickets, weather, times and transport for the family-friendly summer festival in west Wicklow

The new family room at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin.

The Design & Dignity programme by the Irish Hospice Foundation provides comfortable rooms in acute hospitals for families of dying(...)

ESRI study found  job stress  doubled from 8% in 2010 to 17% in 2015. Photograph: iStock

Wellness programmes and life skills classes are some of the coping measures

Martha Hickey,  professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Australian professor in Dublin to discuss infertility, early menopause and sexual problems

Prof Tom Curran, AgroCycle project co-ordinator and assistant professor in Biosystems and Food Engineering at University College Dublin with an ‘edible straw’ and drinking cup made from potato pulp. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

An international study, led by UCD researchers, created food and packaging prototypes from agricultural and food-processing waste

The Bee Bandits cycle in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A group of older cyclists are at large in the capital, scattering seed bombs in their wake

Forbidden fruit: the music festival takes over Royal Hospital Kilmainham this weekend. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

From Bloom and Cat Laughs to Táin hillwalks and marine-themed festivals

The psychology department at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin

Mental health should be sixth vital sign in hospitals, says Dr Paul D'Alton

Memories Are Made of This, the dementia awareness show garden at Bloom in the Park

Garden design is about offering people the opportunity to let their minds return to their childhood gardens

A fox on the grounds of the Garda office on Harcourt Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

With a population of up to 200,000, Ireland’s only wild dogs live in all parts of the country

The international AEA organization developed when a group decided they needed to address all substance addictions in their lives and not just food. Photograph: iStock

God, drugs, alcohol and eating disorders discussed at Addictive Eaters Anonymous

In Ireland 32 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions  come from agriculture. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Gathering in Co Wicklow discusses challenges of reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Director of the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Niamh Rice presents the results of the first Irish study of the nutritional needs of Irish cancer patients.

Patients who lose weight have lower survival rates yet very few are given nutritional information and support

More than 95 per cent of TB cases are in developing countries including India, China, Russia, Indonesia and South Africa. Photograph: Shammi Mehra/AFP/Getty Images

With four million cases of TB going undiagnosed around the world each year, healthcare professionals are committed to improving de(...)

Bamburgh Castle was once the seat of Northumbria’s kings. Photograph: Des Fox

The northern county’s spectacular scenery includes beaches, islands and many castles

Family fun in St Dominic’s Park, Drogheda,  1-5pm, Monday

Dress up as a nun, swim the Shannon, listen for a corncrake or take in some jazz

The sun rises to dispel the fog in rural Tipperary. “Our ancestors woke up to birdsong and light,” says Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland.

Derek Mooney’s Dawn Chorus programme will once again share the treat with radio listeners

Dr Frates: “It’s all about having a peaceful mind, a joyful heart and healthy body”

Dr Beth Frates’s five steps for doctors to prescribe lifestyle changes to patients

A sustainable community is one that meets the needs of everyone in the community while protecting and limiting the damage to the environment.Photograph: Twins Ultan and Erin Rohan at the launch of the ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’ fund.

Other European countries, government websites and the 6 Rs will show us how

This photo is from their last family holiday together in New York. In the photo from left to right. Josh Edmonds age 21 with mum and dad Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds

Jimmy Edmonds and Jane Harris needed film and other grieving parents after son’s death

Liam and Simone Webb: participants bring life to the farm too as farming can be isolating.

Exposure to the land can help those with disabilities, mental health issues or dementia

Hill walkers in the autumn sunshine, on top of the Sugarloaf mountain, in Co. Wicklow. File Photograph: Eric Luke

Walk, climb, cycle or simply sit in the outdoors this Easter

65 Roses Day: Alfie Dardis, age 6 From Stepaside , who lives with cystic fibrosis, and his best friend, Ava Casserly, age 6 from Dundrum pictured at the launch. Photo: Tom Honan

A school pupil, college student, working professional and new mother tell us

Brendan Kenny, deputy chief executive of Dublin City Council, Helene Schauer, (MVD, Austria) and David Silke, Housing Agency, at a seminar on Planning and Housing for the 21st Century as part of the Vienna Model of Housing Exhibition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Vienna has developed a hugely successful housing rental model that could work here

Food Justice Truck for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Melbourne

Trinity College research assesses viability of global trend of growing, cooking and sharing food

A brown hairstreak butterfly, one of the rarest in Ireland, on the NUIG biodiversity trail.

Several Irish universities provide the public with maps and audio guides to biodiversity

Agrocycle has invented a range of innovative products made from food waste to help reduce single-use plastic. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

UCD-led project aims to reduce food waste to landfill and plastic pollution

Study finds half of cancer patients have a diet-related problem

The Government is proposing to introduce an ‘opt-out’ approach to organ donation. Photograph: Getty Images

Government proposes legislation which will assume people consent to giving major organs

Niall El-Assaad, creator of the fuelService app for disabled drivers,  in Dublin last week with Richard Ryder of Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland. The  app will find the nearest station that offers assistance. Photograph: Silver Image.

Thanks to Niall El-Assaad getting a tank top-up has never been easier for wheelchair users

The Virtual Heart Failure Clinic at St Michael’s hospital: Lisa McCudden VC Co-Ordinator; Caitlin Bryceland, Heart Failure Clinic Nurse Specialist; and Prof Ken McDonald.

A virtual heart failure clinic enables GPs speak to a hospital-based consultant cardiologist

Matt Haig: ‘I was diagnosed with panic disorder, depression and anxiety. At the time I didn’t know anyone who had got through that alive.’ Photograph: Jonathan Ring

The author on the benefits of stripping back to the ‘acoustic version’ of life

Fairview Park Dublin: the park was established on a former landfill site.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The worldwide trend of converting former landfills to public parks is slowly gaining ground in Ireland

Trinity joins a growing number of campuses across Ireland, including the University of Limerick, which became tobacco-free in June 2018. The institutes of technology in Westport, Carlow and Athlone are also smoke-free. Photograph: iStock

From National No Smoking Day onwards, TCD will become a tobacco-free campus

University College Cork  ranked ninth-best university in the world on the UI Green Metric  sustainability index. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Do sustainability rankings work or are they just self-congratulatory gestures?

Patrick Cotterell got involved with the Fighting Blindness charity which hosts a technology meet-up each week for the visually impaired.

Rare conditions presented Patrick Cotterell with challenges he has learned to manage

Dr Rangan Chatterjee: “Eighty per cent of the problems people go to their GPs with are related to modern lifestyles.”

Dr Rangan Chatterjee believes stress has become a major problem for many people

Mary Quinlan: “I was a hill walker and a great camogie player, but I always suffered from breathlessness.”

Shortness of breath and frequent nose bleeds can be symptoms of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia

 Pollardstown Fen is on the only peatland protected in Co Kildare. Photograph: Catherine O’Connell/IPCC

Tranquil peatland which is home to variety of rare species is a beautiful place to visit

Gary Conway was diagnosed with phenylketonuria  soon after birth and he has had to follow a restricted diet ever since.   “It’s important to be positive and follow the diet correctly,” he advises. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Failure to keep diet in check can result in anxiety, memory loss and tiredness

Kerry O’Flaherty at the 2018 European Cross-Country Championships  at Beekse Bergen Safari Park, Tilburg, in the Netherlands. Photograph: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Olympic runner Kerry O’Flaherty on motivation, training and supporting other runners

Researchers in the United States showed that dandelions and white clover on lawns supported 37 species of bee.

‘We need to let nature back in or we risk losing its vital free services’

South-African born former rugby professional BJ Botha, middle, whose son Owen (8) has  epilepsy. “Once you see one or two seizures, you become accustomed to them and it gives you a calmness,” he says. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s frightening to see a child having a seizure but there are plenty of ways you can help

Smoking is a causal factor in cervical, mouth, head, neck, oesophageal, stomach, pancreatic, kidney and bladder cancers too but lung cancer is the one people blame most on cigarettes. Photograph: iStock

Nine out of 10 cases are caused by smoking

The Eden Project  in Cornwall: the botanic garden’s   co-founder Tim Smit believes we can save ourselves and the natural world if only we would jump out of our comfort zones. Photograph:   Matt Cardy/Getty

Eden Project co-founder says establishment is getting response to climate change wrong

The new radiotherapy equipment means body markings are no longer needed.

No more body markings for St Vincent’s breast cancer patients

 Síofra Caherty, Fiona O’Doherty Mindy O’Brien, Flossie Donelly, Una Hand, Padraic Fogarty, and Kate Ruddock. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Lack of policial action on climate change has spawned a movement of strong, committed environmental activists

Obstetrician and former master of the Rotunda Dr Sam Coulter-Smyth: “Decisions will have to consider situations whether a baby with an abnormality will die without treatment or if the condition might be treatable with surgical intervention.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Doctors and politicians say medical professionals not legislators should make decision

“If you equip third level students to take on a good work/life balance, there is a good chance that they will stick with it as they embark on life,” says Brian Mullins, director of Health Promotion at University College Dublin.  Photograph: istock

The international healthy campuses initiative encourages healthy lifestyles for those at third level

From left or right: Tom O’ Donoghue, member of NET patient network, Mark McDonnell, chairman of NET , Andrea Martin, member of NET  and  Michael Fallon, member of NET

Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) are still widely unknown but relatively common

Arup’s BIQ building in Hamburg has a bioreactor façade or photosynthetic curtain which uses microalgae to control light, provide shade from the sun and generate heat for hot water or internal heating.

Living organisms can be used in the construction of buildings and to heat and light them

A Dublin butcher shop in Christmas week. ‘Some people have an unrealistic view of what Christmases past were like and very often, the old ways weren’t the best.’ Photograph: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

Psychologist warns against being too attached to tradition and leaving work pile up

Prof Geraldine Boylan with baby Sylvie Carter, Colleen and baby Con Deasy, baby Ruairi Deasy and Centre Manager ChristianStafford with Kate and Eva Deasy and Gail and Anna Carter celebrate a milestone five years of innovations and research at Ireland’s dedicated foetal and neonatal research centre, Infant, at University College Cork and Cork University Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Avoid poisoning, ring in new year quietly, give blood, attend talks and quit smoking

Brian O’Driscoll, during his 140th International Test game  against Italy at the Aviva Stadium in 2014. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

‘We shouldn’t be surprised elite sports players take prescription painkilling medications’

 The  metallurgical plant  in Nizhny Tagil, one of  the dirtiest cities in Russia, where  the concentration of benzopyrene in the air is 13 times  the permissible level. Scientists say the form and pace of the world’s response to climate change will shape the health of nations for centuries to come. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Policymakers should grasp ‘greatest global health opportunity’ of 21st century’

Clair Tierney, Áine Ní Fhaoláin and Katie McManus, play specialists at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

For young patients at Our Lady’s in Crumlin, the hospital’s play specialists are crucially important in aiding recovery

Members of the Madrigallery Chamber Choir rehearsing ahead of the premiere of a commissioned choral works, Hospital Voices, in the chapel at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) on Thursday, December 6th.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Ireland’s longest running arts and health organisation the Waterford Healing Arts Trust is making a real difference

Martin Kelleher working on Kelleher’s Christmas Tree Farm, Brannockstown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland faces a Christmas Tree shortage in seven years after the 2018 heatwave

Dr Íde Delargy: “When doctors resort to self-management with alcohol or prescription drugs, the risk of suicide is higher.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Young doctors are increasingly suffering from stress, burnout, depression and drugs and alcohol addiction

Agnes Mulvihill: “I had two hospital stays with pneumonia and eight chest infections.”

Sufferers of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease speak about how they cope with their condition

A public seminar on clinical trials will be held in the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute at St James’s Hospital, Dublin, on   December 5th. Photograph: iStock

Public seminar on clinical trials, chemsex education course, charity run and more

The National Charity for Deafness and Hearing Loss (formerly DeafHear) has been officially relaunched as ‘Chime’. Pictured at the relaunch announcement were comedian and actor Deirdre O’Kane and Lexie Noone (aged 5, from Kilnamanagh, Dublin). Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Cancer research, mental health, premature birth and bereavement on the agenda

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