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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

How might it be true that "wax in your lugholes hides your filthy secrets," as "New Scientist" magazine recently wrote?

A. Besides waxy compounds that protect the ear canal and kill off bacteria, as well as bodily cast-offs, cerumen (aka earwax) contains a unique chemical signature that could be used to extract plain old DNA, says the magazine's Christie Wilcox. Engy Shokry and her Brazilian colleagues have used earwax "to detect drug and tobacco use and diagnose both types of diabetes."

Earwax offers several advantages: Collection is more straightforward and less invasive than blood or urine samples and requires little processing to be analyzed. Also, because earwax builds up over time, tests on earwax can detect drugs up to three months after they're taken, so they can be used for both short- and long-term monitoring.

Yet currently, using earwax as a diagnostic tool

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

European Health

Insurance Card

My partner and I are planning a holiday in ~Spain. How do we access publich healthcare services if one of us becomes ill when abroad?

You and your partner each need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card allows you to access public healthcare services if you become ill or get injured when travelling to or visiting certain European countries. It doesn't cover private treatment or the cost of repatriation to Ireland if required.

The countries covered by the card are the 28 member states of the EU, the three other members of the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland. You don't need the card for a visit to the UK if you can show that you are ordinarily resident in Ireland. In practice, this means showing a driving licence, passport or similar document.

If you have a smartphone you

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

How to keep your kids busy

Camps can be fantastic for children but how do you know if they are ready?

The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer (at long last!), and many parents' thoughts begin to stir...ah...summer camp.

Few words can conjure up such vivid memories and images of childhood.

Camp can be a magical experience for children

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Wednesday, 23rd May 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

Who is responsible for your health?

The fall out from the cervical smear test scandal continues. I, for one, still find it utterly unconscionable that so many health professionals failed to put women's health and women's lives first. It is almost unbearable to think that these so called professionals consciously decided that their careers and their organisations were more important than women's lives. They made desperately flawed decisions that directly led to people dying. But perhaps we should not be surprised. As we have seen with the lack of 24 x 7 cardiac care in our own region, the bungled management of the health service is directly costing lives. I also wonder what other skeletons the

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

The average wait for cataract surgery across the country is 28 months

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Waterford Today weekly Horoscopes

Aries- This week is a 7

Communications seem energized this month under the Gemini Sun. Balance intellectual with physical work. Exercise keeps your mind sharp. Get the word out.

Taurus- This week is an 8

This month could get especially lucrative. Have fun with friends and family over the next two days.

Gemini- This week is an 8

The Sun in your sign gives you an advantage. With power comes responsibility. Let the results speak.

Cancer- This week is a 6

Complete projects to clear space this month. Check jobs off your lists until mid-June. Take breaks to avoid burnout. Reflect, and consider past and future.

Leo- This week is a 9

Collaborate with your team this month. Provide leadership by playing your part to the best of your ability.

Virgo- This week is an 8

Expand your professional influence this month. Focus on career opportunities. Don't take

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

In politics, giving voice to half-formed thoughts is generally inadvisable. But sometimes, our first impressions can provide insight, so let's give it a go.

Three weeks ago, I became Fianna Fail's health spokesperson. I've been reading reports, meeting clinicians, debating with Government and listening to patients. I'd like to share three initial reactions to what I've found.

The first is just how desperate the situation has become. There are more people on trolleys than ever before. There are more people waiting on hospital procedures than ever before. Seven in every 10 GP practices aren't taking new patients.

For children with a disability, early assessment is vital. In 2016, there were 3,200 waiting for an assessment. Today, it's 4,300. In 2015, there were 20,000 people waiting to see an occupational therapist. Today, it's 30,000. These figures go on and on - surgeries, mental health,

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Poleberry Residents’ Association

invites you to a coffee morning at the Edmund Rice Youth Community Complex, Manor Street, Waterford on Saturday 12th May from 11 am – 1 pm where there will be music and craic. All Welcome.

Could you give a puppy a loving home for a year before it becomes a Guide or Assistance Dog?

Puppy Raising is a crucial part of Irish Guide Dogs work. Although done on a voluntary basis, it will take time, commitment and love from both you and your family. The end result, however, is a very special dog.

Irish Guide Dogs is urgently looking for volunteer Puppy Raisers in Waterford, particularly in areas near towns as this is important for the pups’ socialisation.

The purpose of Irish Guide Dogs’ Puppy Raising Programme is to develop and care for a puppy from the age of 8 weeks to

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Carer’s Support Grant


I’m a full-time carer and getting Carer’s Allowance. Last year I got a Carer’s Support Grant – will I get it again this year?


The Carer's Support Grant is an annual payment made to full-time carers. The payment for 2018 is €1,700. It is paid on the first Thursday of June each year.

If you are still getting a carer’s payment on the first Thursday in June, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) will pay the grant to you automatically, and you don’t need to apply.

People getting Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance are paid the grant automatically. Full-time carers who are not getting one of these payments need to apply to the DEASP (unless they got the grant last year, in which case the Department will contact them about this year’s payment).

To qualify, you

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. There may be more to "nose-witness identification" than meets the eye. How so?

A. Researchers from Portugal and Sweden had male university students watch a video of a man assaulting a woman while sniffing a scent they were told was that of the suspect, reports "Discover" magazine. Later, when given a "lineup" of five odor samples and asked to identify the person they had smelled, the "witnesses" pinpointed the would-be suspect an impressive 75% of the time.

As Swedish neuroscientist Johan Lundstrom explains: Every person has a unique scent, like a fingerprint, with a large genetic component. "Even trained sniffer dogs have a hard time distinguishing between identical twins, unless the twins are on different diets."

How human body odor can act like a scented fingerprint is still unclear, but PET scans indicate that human scent

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Letters to the Editor

  • Our View

    As dry as the SaharaIt seems that whenever the weather in Ireland goes a little bit extreme, we are somehow incapable of dealing with it. It has already happened so far this year with the snow that totally disrupted the country for about a week and also later on when some areas in the country were flooded due to excess rain. Now it is happening again because we are having to deal with a level of sunshine that is virtually unheard of in the country. And a level of sunshine that is going on for a good numbe …

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