Author: SLpeter

Professor David Harris’ new book The Dental Amputee examines the emotional and psychological effects of tooth loss and the physical and functional changes that result from tooth loss. In his 25 years experience with dental implants, Professor David Harris has come across many stories of people who can’t live their lives to the fullest because of problems arising from the loss of all their teeth. “Tooth or teeth loss can affect an individual’s appearance, self-confidence, self-esteem and quality of life, as well as their ability to manage a varied and nutritious diet. Some people avoid social outings, have relationship problems…

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In view of the fact that the Costa del Sol is once again the top destination for international buyers, this article sets out the key legal tips to consider before buying a dream property in the region. Buyer beware     Property is one of the few areas where consumer laws do not generally apply. Therefore, in the event of any issues arising after the purchase, it is often impossible to sue the estate agent or the seller, or to otherwise undo the transaction. This is particularly relevant on the Costa del Sol, where there have been cases of properties lacking…

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Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent type of arthritis, affecting a large number of younger as well as older people, but, as Dr Barry Keane argues, more research is required to find a ‘cure’.   The human body can succumb to many different types of arthritis, from inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, to crystalline arthritis (e.g. gout), to connective tissue disease arthritis (e.g. lupus or SLE). However, osteoarthritis (OA) is overwhelmingly the most prevalent type of arthritis not only in Ireland but worldwide. It has been shown that in certain populations, 17% have symptomatic knee OA, in other words, OA…

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Older people on lower incomes and living in deprived areas across the island of Ireland have considerably worse health than better off people of the same age, according to a study by researchers from Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. This may be linked to differences in health behaviours, especially smoking and physical inactivity. The research, led by Dr Eibhlin Hudson and funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI), explores these differences by analysing existing datasets in Ireland, North and South. The findings show that older people on low incomes are more likely to…

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Speaking at the Irish Heart Foundation Conference on Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, World Health Organisation (WHO) Expert Dr Shanthi Mendis warned that no government can ignore the rising burden of non communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease and stroke and stressed that each country has an unprecedented opportunity to alter its course using nine voluntary global targets. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of NCD deaths worldwide, responsible for 17.5 million deaths globally.  In Ireland, cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death – one in three people die from it – and it claims almost 10,000 lives here…

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Confidence to Care is the first book published by Home Instead Senior Care to help dementia caregivers. It combines personal stories with practical techniques drawn from caregiving experiences from family caregivers and professional Home Instead caregivers and internationally recognised experts. The book focuses on the most common issues associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and helps family carers deal with caregiving situations they never thought they would have to face. Each chapter offers plenty of care approaches and prevention tips, and begin with a relevant and moving real-life family caregiver story. “One of our first experiences with Alzheimer’s disease…

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Everyone can be forgetful and struggle to put a name to a face or remember where the car is parked.  But if you are worried about changes in memory, mood or ability to manage daily life, it is important to do something about it. There are many reasons for memory loss and confusion, apart from dementia.  If you are worried it is a good idea to talk to your doctor. You doctor will explore with you what may be causing the changes that concern you. Before you visit your doctor, make a note of the changes you have noticed and…

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NCBI, the national sight loss organisation, is a not-for-profit organisation which provides advice, support, rehabilitation services and other training to assist people who are living with sight loss to do so independently. As our population ages, sight loss is becoming more prevalent. About 95% of people using NCBI services have some remaining vision, while only 5% are completely blind. Every year NCBI works with thousands of people around the country as they adjust to sight loss, enabling them to make the most of their remaining vision and to maintain their independence, through solutions such as magnifiers, technology training and mobility…

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The Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), the training body for eye doctors in Ireland and the medical experts on eye care, has published new guidelines for refractive eye surgery. The publication, which will be a guide for the public, patients and doctors, was developed by the College in consultation with external expert bodies. Welcoming the introduction of the Guidelines, incoming President of the ICO, and eye surgeon at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Mr Billy Power said, “Refractive surgery corrects short or long sightedness and astigmatism and can remove the need to wear spectacles. The ICO has formulated…

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Sonny O’Brien, 80, participated in the  Irish Rural Link computer training course in Lackagh, Co Galway and  provides the following testimonial of how the basic computer training has ‘changed his life’. ‘I trace my original reluctance to participate in training to fear. To think that somebody who graduated from an ink well and nib in Annagh National School many decades ago could be introduced to the world of computers did not appear realistic. Today I also have a fear but it is of what I would have missed out on if I had not availed of this wonderful opportunity .My…

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