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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. Youngster's cat Dweezil acts very strange, meowing and pacing about before vomiting on the floor. And what's this? A whole upchucked frog sits in the mess, and moments later starts blinking! The nonplussed youngster rinses it off, and away it hops. A miracle?

A. An un-croaking at least, as frogs and toads have the trick of secreting from their skin some foul-tasting chemicals to ward off predators, such as cats, says John Rawls, of the "Mad Scientist Network" (

Probably Dweezil gulped froggy down before chewing much, then vomited before gastric acid dissolution or suffocation occurred.

Q. From a reader: "Water is composed of hydrogen and oxygen, the first highly combustible and the second supporting combustion. So why won't good old H2O go up in flames?"

A. Because H2O is already a product of combustion, formed when

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

John Owens graduated from the Veterinary College U.C.D. in 1997. He, along with his wife Susan, recently opened Ani-Pets veterinary clinic in Tramore, which is dedicated to the full time care of all companion animals, including exotic pets. He has a special interest in preventative medicine and nutrition.

Reader's e-mail:

"Dear John, I have a ten month old Labrador called Bella. Recently, Bella has been irritated by what I think may be an ear infection. She keeps shaking her head, scratching at her ear and rubbing it along the rug. There seems to be a bad smell coming from the ear with a dark coloured waxy substance. I have been cleaning it out with ear cleaning wipes I got at the shop, and I've been putting a little olive oil in it, but it

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

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Aries: March 21 – April 20

Take care that whatever it is you are planning or agreeing to contains a get out clause. After all, you are headed into a new phase in your life, and you don't want any hidden 'small

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

The countdown has started to the 11th World Flower Show, due to take place at the RDS, Dublin, in June 2014. In a major coup, Ireland has been chosen as the host nation for this prestigious international flower show, which is seen as the Olympics of flower arranging. This is the first time Ireland has hosted this spectacular event. The numbers expected are in the region of 20,000, and the show is expected to generate revenues of €10 million for the local economy.

The World Flower Show is held every three years in one of the member countries of the World Association of Flower Arrangers. Previous host countries have included USA, Japan, UK, New Zealand and South Africa. The organisers were successful in securing the bid against strong contenders from Barbados, Peru and Russia.

Over the 4 days, 600 leading floral artists

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

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

The rubbish collector

We all have garbage that we need to dump on a regular basis. Not just the waste from everyday living that we put in our bins, but also our worries, fears, negative thoughts and "rubbish" from other people. We may unawaringly let other people dump their frustrations, anger or disappointments on us. Or sometimes our own emotional garbage can get so built-up that we begin to dump our bad feelings, vengeful thinking and criticisms on those around us – often without even realising that we are doing so.

When we plug into other people's negativity, it's like energy: we can absorb the negativity, we can use it constructively, or it may come out in our own bad

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Unfortunately for the 500,000 migraine sufferers in Ireland, summer holidays can leave them particularly susceptible to an attack. This can mean 4-72 hours of symptoms which include nausea, vomiting, an intense throbbing headache and extreme sensitivity to light, noise and smells.

"Many of the factors we associate with holidays such as flights, heat, and changes in routine are common migraine triggers" says Communications Officer with the Migraine Association of Ireland (MAI) Jenny Costello. "However there are things people can do to reduce the likelihood of an attack."

Flights: The stress and change of routine associated with flying brings its own tiredness and makes patients vulnerable to an attack. Be aware that changes in air pressure, high altitude, delayed meals and dehydration are all migraine triggers. Drink plenty of water and eat appropriate snacks to maintain blood sugar levels.

Heat and Sunlight: Sun glasses

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Minister Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State, with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health and Minister Alex White Minister of State for Primary Care today, July 11th 2013, launched the HSE's Counselling in Primary Care (CIPC) service. CIPC offers clients in distress 6-8 sessions of counselling, delivered by qualified counsellor therapists, and designed to support them through a difficult period. The new service will be available nationwide and has the potential to see up to 13,000 medical card holders in a full year.

Counselling in Primary Care (CIPC) is aimed at those with mild to moderate psychological difficulties. It is a short-term counselling service of up to eight sessions with a professionally qualified and accredited Counsellor Therapist. CIPC is suitable for people experiencing difficulties such as; depression, anxiety, panic reactions, relationship problems, loss issues and stress, who would benefit

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013


Amnesty International has launched the publication "Someone to Care: The Mental Health Needs Of Children And Young People With Experience Of The Care And Youth Justice Systems." The comprehensive report gives an insight into the experiences of young people in care settings and how the system can impact on a young person's well-being. Professionals' views on current gaps in mental health service provision in Ireland are also outlined. The report is holistic, in that, it further highlights Ireland's international human rights obligations, provides an economic analysis of the Irish care and youth justice systems and illustrates best practice in service provision in various other jurisdictions.

In the report, young people identified three main issues to be addressed for children in the care system: the need to be understood, the need for better services and the need

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Mental Health Reform welcomes the launch of the Counselling in Primary Care service that will enable adult medical card holders throughout the country to access time-limited counselling through their GP.

In response to the launch, Dr. Shari McDaid, Mental Health Reform's spokesperson, commented: "One of the strongest messages to come out of the consultation that fed into the Government's mental health policy A Vision for Change was that people in mental or emotional distress want alternatives to medication, including access to counselling and psychotherapy. The consensus at that time was that psychological therapies should be considered a fundamental component of basic mental health services. People who use mental health services and their family members have consistently told us that they want access to psychological therapies."

Dr. Shari McDaid continued, "The roll-out of a national, free counselling service accessible through primary care is

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

eVouchers for corporate eyecare go live –

Specsavers Corporate Eyecare today launches its eagerly awaited online eyecare voucher system in the Republic of Ireland. eVouchers will transform the way eyecare is purchased, allocated and managed, maximising efficiency for employers and their employees.

From today, HR managers will be able to place orders, allocate vouchers to relevant members of staff, and review real-time redemption reports online, for all vouchers including VDU, driver eyecare and safety eyewear. The entire process can be completely paperless if employers wish: allocated vouchers can be emailed directly from the system to the employee, who can redeem their voucher at any Specsavers store to obtain their eyecare entitlement. Employees can even use their smartphone to do so.

There will be no extra cost for the eVouchers or the supporting management system. There are, however, expected to be significant savings for

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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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