Archives June 7, 2023

Irish Cancer Society to offer free health checks in Offaly

The Irish Cancer Society is providing free health checks in Tullamore next week as part of the ‘Your Health Matters’ Roadshow.

Members of the public can speak to one of their cancer nurses who can answer any questions people may have in the Bridge Shopping Centre, Tullamore on Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25 from 9am to 6pm.

The 15-minute health check includes blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) checks and a carbon monoxide (CO) reading. Nurses can also arrange a referral to a GP if further help is needed.

The ‘Your Health Matters’ Roadshow initiative aims to reduce people’s risk of cancer and improve early detection rates by: promoting healthy lifestyle changes, increasing awareness of cancer symptoms, encouraging people to go to their doctor if they have any symptoms and addressing any barriers and fears that make it hard

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Pregnancy diet: Focusing on the do’s and don’ts for maternal health

By Dr. Sheetal Deshpande

Besides a flood of overwhelming emotions, pregnancy brings a lot of challenges for the mother during and after childbearing. While tender breasts, nausea, and fatigue are some of the issues an expecting mother faces, a set of dietary restrictions is required to accommodate the new life inside them. In the postpartum period, a new set of food items are suggested to fasten the pregnancy labor recovery and breastfeeding. C-section and normal delivery follow different routines as the former takes more time to recover from the surgery.

A woman’s diet during and after pregnancy plays a vital role in her and the baby’s overall well-being. Proper nutrition through seasonal fruits and vegetables, dairy products, whole grains, nuts and seeds is a must along with good mental health. It goes hand in hand. Let us understand some pivotal nutrition tips a pregnant mother must consider:

Foods that

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Mental health crisis center opening in downtown Grand Rapids will fill ‘critical gap’

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – On Monday morning, half a dozen people were in the emergency department at Trinity Health Saint Mary’s seeking treatment for a mental health crisis.

The wait to be placed with the right mental health facility or professional can sometimes take days, said Matt Biersack, president of Trinity Health Grand Rapids.

And it underscores the need for the new 24/7 behavioral health crisis center opening early 2024 that officials say will not only divert people in mental health crises from emergency departments and jails, but also quickly get them the treatment they need during a crisis.

“We have six patients in our emergency department this morning who are waiting for the right care and the right treatment for their mental health crisis,” Biersack said.

“They’re using the hospital emergency department to access those services, and we’re of course happy to help in any capacity we can, but

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