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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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In todays Examiner, the first part of a four week series which examines comprehensively Iron deficiency and Anaemia.

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Iron deficiency Anaemia Part 1 We need iron for many body functions, the most important is the manufacture of haemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in our blood. Iron is absorbed from food and drink. It's carried by our blood to your bone marrow, where blood cells are produced. Our bone marrow combines iron with proteins to make haemoglobin. Any spare iron is stored in our liver. Men on average need 8.7mg of iron a day and while women need 14.8mg a day. Most get enough iron in the diet; however, some people suffer from anaemia, which means low iron levels. Small...

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In advance of our Stoma Care Clinic this Thursday, here is Eamonn's comprehensive piece on Stoma (types, management, issues, care)...

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Stoma care A stoma is the result of an operation to remove disease such as cancer, Crohn's disease or diverticulitis or from a bowel obstruction or injury to the digestive or urinary system. It is an artificial opening that allows faeces or urine either from the intestine or from the urinary tract to pass. There are three main types of stoma related to the digestive and urinary system - these are: colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. Colostomy In a colostomy operation, part of your colon is brought to the surface of your abdomen to form the stoma. A colostomy is usually created on...

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Part 2 of Eamonns piece on Midazolam looking particularly on how to administer the drug when a seizure occurs,.

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Buccal Midazolam Directions (Quick-Guide) For Epileptic Seizures (Part 2)   This is a continuation of last week’s article on Buccal Midazolam which is prescribed to treat some epileptics who have a history of longer seizures known as Status epilepticus. As discussed last week, for this indication the midazolam solution is administered against the sides of the gums and cheek so that the medicine is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This is known as the buccal or oromucosal route.   When to administer? The instructions I have below for when to administer the first and second dose is the general guidance;...

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In this weeks Examiner, in the first part of a two part article, Eamonn dispenses expert advice on the use of the sedative Midazolam, commonly prescribed for epileptics.

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ASK YOUR PHARMACIST? Buccal Midazolam Directions (Quick-Guide) For Epileptic Seizures (Part 1) Eamonn Brady is a pharmacist and the owner of Whelehans Pharmacies, Pearse St and Clonmore, Mullingar. If you have any health questions e-mail them to info@whelehans.ie   What is midazolam? Midazolam is a sedative belonging to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. Midazolam can be used to treat a number of different conditions, including seizures. It is prescribed for some but not all epileptics (eg) if a person has a history of longer seizures (also known as fits). If a seizure lasts for more than five minutes, it...

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