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On World Mental Health Day, Eamonn's extensive article examines a variety of alternative approaches at a local level, to helping those with mental health challenges

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An alternative approach to helping mental health problems at a local level     Medication or hospital treatment is not always the best choice for mental health difficulties   Medication such as anti-depressants has and will continue to play an important role in the treatment of mental health difficulties such as depression. The National Institute for Clinical Evidence (NICE) is the main advisory body to the NHS in the UK. NICE determines health and clinical policy in the UK and is an internationally renowned organisation. NICE does not advise the routine use of medication for milder mental health difficulties such...

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With Back to School in full swing, some great advice plus 5 Top Tips to help you minimise the risk for your kids of head lice infection.

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Screen children routinely for Head Lice   Pharmacist Eamonn Brady of Whelehans Pharmacies urges parents to screen children routinely for head lice every week when they return to school. Eamonn advises early detection reduces the spread of the infection within schools and helps reduce the scale of the outbreaks, which can be distressing for children, parents and teachers. Eamonn explains while prevention products like tea tree may reduce risk of headlice, there is no way of 100% guaranteeing a child will not get head lice; the earlier their presence on the head is detected, the easier it is to get...

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In this weeks Examiner Part 2 of our article on Intermittent Self Catheterisation and how or in-store Catheter Care Clinic 24th Sept may be of benefit

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Intermittent Self Catheterisation (Part 2)   Intermittent Self Catheterisation (ISC) is passing a small tube, called a catheter, into the bladder, to allow the urine to flow out of the bladder. Last week I discussed the reasons you may be fitted with ISC.   How often should I catheterise myself? This can vary according to: Your type of bladder problem. Medication you are taking. The amount of fluid you drink.   Some people may need to perform Intermittent Self Catheterisation once a day, whilst others may need to repeat it 3 or 4 times daily. This is something you can...

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Revisiting last weeks Examiner article on Peripheral arterial disease....... part 2 here this day week

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Peripheral arterial disease (Part 1) Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common condition in which a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries restricts the blood supply to leg muscles. It is also known as peripheral vascular disease. It frequency increases with age. It tends to be an under-diagnosed condition with many people suffering from symptoms of PAD not realising what it is and that it can be treated. About 1 in 5 men and 1 in 8 women aged 50 to 75 years have PAD. Common symptoms of PAD are painful leg cramps brought on by walking. Cramps generally...

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As we reach mid August, preparations are well underway for the new school year...some tips in this weeks Examiner article on Healthy Lunch Box options for your young students!

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Back to School              Healthy Munch for Lunch Including more fruit and vegetables in children’s diet will improve growth, development and vitality and prevent a range of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer in later life. Research shows that the more fruit and veg are available and easily accessible for children, the more likely they are to eat them. Therefore if fruit is chopped up and ready to eat, children will eat more of them. There is evidence that children need to try new fruits and vegetables up to eight or nine times...

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