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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

Bake for brain injury events to take place in Waterford

People in Waterford have been called on to bake for the 13,000 people who acquire brain injury each year in Ireland, as Brain Awareness Week takes place from March 5-11. The Week includes ‘bake for brain injury’ events all across the country, including Waterford, to support rehabilitation and services for people and their families. In Waterford a ‘bake’ event is taking place at Cheshire Waterford from 11am-1pm on March 9th. Further details can be had by calling ABI Ireland’s main office at (01) 280 4164.

The campaign is being endorsed by Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan who called on people to bake or sample some tasty bites to support needed services.

"It’s very important to raise awareness of an injury that could happen any of us at any time. Acquired Brain Injury is devastating –

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

Speaking following the launch of the Department of Health’s Non Broadcast Media Advertising and Marketing of Food and Non Alcoholic Beverages, including Sponsorship and Retail Product

Placement Voluntary Codes of Practice, Janis Morrissey, Head of Health Promotion, Information and Training with the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) said:

"State-funded research estimates that 85,000 of today’s children on the island of Ireland will die prematurely due to overweight and obesity. This demonstrates an overwhelming need to alter our current course away from what may become the most fatal failure of political will, and of our children, in the history of the State.

"We do not doubt the deep commitment in the Department of Health to genuine action to tackle our obesity crisis and we acknowledge that in recent times there has been important progress, most notably with the introduction in April of the sugar sweetened

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Fostering Changes Lives

Fostering Fortnight, formerly known as Fostering Awareness Week, is coming up from February 26th to March 9th. Oak Lodge Fostering Services Waterford are holding a coffee and information morning on February 22nd in the Stage Door Café at the Theatre Royal, Waterford from 10am to 12 noon. The aim of Fostering Fortnight is to develop people’s awareness and understanding of foster care in Ireland and to highlight the incredible work foster carers all over the country do. We are asking people to come together with us in support of this very important event - come along and have a cuppa and cake, listen to foster carers stories, share some of your own and let us share some of ours and explain and celebrate the incredible work that goes on in support of our many vulnerable children.

Table Quiz

A fundraising

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Part-time work and social welfare payments


I’m working part-time on a low wage. Do I qualify for any social welfare payments?


It depends on your personal circumstances. Many people work part-time before taking up full-time employment. If you are working part-time you can, in some cases, keep or apply for a partial social welfare payment, or you may qualify for additional supports.

If you work over 38 hours in a fortnight and you have children you may be able to claim Working Family Payment (WFP), formerly known as Family Income Supplement or FIS. WFP is a weekly tax-free payment for people on low pay.

You may be able to claim a jobseeker’s payment for the days you are not working. You can work part-time for up to three days a week and claim a reduced Jobseeker's Benefit or Jobseeker's Allowance payment. You may qualify

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. Is there medical evidence of "faith healing"?

A. Try a placebo, the most potent drug known and with the fewest side effects, says Peter Smith, pharmacologist and neuroscientist at the University of Alberta. "But you have to believe in it."

Placebos are inert substances, often used in "doubleblind" studies - neither researcher nor subjects know who's taking the real medicine - to rule out imagined effects.

And powerful these effects are: the pill-taker hopes the pill will work and so, mysteriously, it does - even though pharmacologically, it shouldn't! "I don't know of any studies that have fully explained this," says Dr. Smith. Possibly anxiety and despair suppress the immune system, then the hope-giving placebo bolsters the body's natural defenses to help fight off injury, infection, cancer, says Reg Morgan, physiologist at the University of Western

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

A new course of yoga for men, beginner’s level, begins at Anjali Yoga Waterford on Wednesday March 7th at 5.45pm.

With yoga being a predominantly female pursuit in the western world, this course is aimed at facilitating men who would like to enjoy the benefits of yoga in a class designed to meet their specific needs.

This course will focus on improving flexibility and range of motion, easing tension and tightness and will use far- infra-red heat to aid in superior stretching as well as strength building for the whole body.

Working in particular with core and intrinsic stabilising muscles of the body as well as the mobiliser muscles of the peripheral body, the course aims to bring the body into balance through mindful movement. We will also look to ease tightness from the fascia of the body from the soles of the

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 28th February - Tuesday 7th March

Aries 21st March-21st April

In a group setting, social situation or club with which you’re involved, it may become increasingly difficult to get everyone singing off the same hymn sheet. There may be someone in your midst who is bit of a 'mé féiner’ and who is sowing dissent behind the scenes to their own ends. Don’t waste your time trying to talk everyone around. Let it play out until everyone seems them for what they are.

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

Beware the over-share Taurus! There really is such a thing as too much information you know. Nobody needs to know the 'ins and outs’ of your life, or indeed, your relationships. You could find yourself a bit loose-lipped with someone you feel you can trust, just be mindful that the information you’re spilling

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

With Breda Gardner Homeopath, lcph, mcos, rgn

Health Therapies Clinic

13 Gladstone Street, Waterford.

Tel: 087 2025753.

Insight Natural Health Clinic

15 Upper Patrick St, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7724429

Beating the 'flu

It’s been a bad season for the 'flu. I have never known so many people who are normally healthy who have been struck down by the bug this year, and not just struck down but knocked for six. So if you are one of those unfortunates, here are some tips to help you get back to health:

Rest: allow yourself to rest, and avoid stress, which can weaken your immune system

If you have a headache, don’t be in pain and try Paracetamol, but remember that painkillers should only be a short term solution: the maintaining causes need to be addressed! And don’t forget that antibiotics have no effect whatsoever on viral infections like the 'flu, and may

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Home Instead Senior Care was named one of eleven National Winners from 77 businesses representing the "Ones to Watch" in Ireland at an event held at the British Ambassador’s residence in Dublin for The European

Business Awards, Europe’s largest business competition, sponsored by RSM.

Home Instead Senior Care was chosen by a panel of independent judges including senior business leaders, politicians and academics as the best in their country in the Awards’ category of Social Responsibility and Environmental Awareness Award and will now go on to represent their country in this category in the final stage of the competition.

Ed Murphy, Founder of Home Instead Senior Care in Ireland said: "We’re very proud to be selected to represent Ireland as a National Champion. The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies and we are now looking

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Minister Catherine Byrne has welcomed the news that tobacco products bearing the new standardised packaging are now available in some Irish retail outlets.

From September 2018 all cigarettes and all other tobacco products will have to be sold in plain or standardised packaging in accordance with the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015.

However, products using the new plain packaging can now be found in some outlets. Gone are the familiar colours and logos of the various brands and instead all cigarette boxes will be in the same plain neutral colour, bringing into sharp focus the health warnings on the packets.

Minister Byrne said "Our aim is to decrease the appeal of tobacco products, to increase the effectiveness of health warnings and to reduce the chances of consumers being misled about the harmful effects of smoking. This packaging makes it plain

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Letters to the Editor


    Keeping a checkIt is common knowledge that when it comes to technology, if you want to do something, just ask a young person to show you. They have grown up with all the technology that is around us at the moment and seem adept at using it in the easiest fashion possible. But just because young people are good at technology, does that mean that they should have unfettered access to all the sites and apps that are available to them today?Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has just come out and said that he and …

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