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Thursday, 8th August 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.

Dear Your Pet's Health,

Last week, during the hot weather, I noticed that Fonzie, my 6 year old spaniel was off-form & coughing a bit. I thought it might be due to the warm weather and maybe a summer allergy. This week, even though the weather is much cooler, he's still been very dull in himself and coughing quite a bit. Yesterday, he fell over in a kind of faint after he ran up the stairs. I'm very worried about him. What should I do?

Dear Reader,


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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Clairvoyant - Numerologist – Astrologer Stan Phillips

To make an appointment for a personal reading at

The Athanaeum House Hotel, Christendom,

Ferrybank Tel: 085 - 7355683

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Aries: March 21 – April 20

Maybe during the course of a week wherein old grievances need to be put to rest, you could learn to count to ten before you create new ones. Plans for a surprise trip might

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

August can be a hard month for your garden especially when July was so hot and dry. The rain we have had lately was badly needed. (We don't want too much of it though!)

Plant out container grown perennials, shrubs and trees so they can take root and keep them well watered. Make sure the soil is prepared properly by mixing compost and manure with your existing soil. Prune summer flowering shrubs as the flowers fade. Trim and feed your hanging baskets to prolong their growth and beauty. Spread a mid-season layer of compost or manure around your plants. Check that the mulch in your beds hasn't decomposed and add more as needed.

Trim your hedges in August if they are getting untidy looking. Turn your compost pile if you have one. The warm weather will be helping your compost to break

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Thursday, 8th August 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 word "arthritis" means inflammation of the joint. In osteoarthritis, degeneration begins with the joint itself and is usually caused by a calcium deficiency within the bones, or by a previous injury. Rheumatoid arthritis is not a disease of the skeletal structure like arthritis. Rather it is a disease of the immune system, known as an auto-immune disease, where the white blood cells attack their own host body cells, ie the joint in the case of rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoporosis (porous bones) is more common in women over 50, and can lead to easy fractures. In many cases, the problems stem calcium not being absorbed adequately. This mal-absorption may result from a number of contributory factors, including:

- Excess alcohol

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Health Bill will put private health insurance out of reach of many families and will jeopardise the financial

Mr James Sheehan, retired orthopaedic surgeon and a co-founder of the Blackrock, Galway and Hermitage Clinics believes the Health Bill will put private insurance outside the reach of numerous Irish families while jeopardising the stability of the Irish Private Hospital sector.

He was speaking recently at the launch of his book, 'Life Close to the Bone – musings of an Orthopaedic surgeon', which summarises the trials and tribulations of establishing three hospitals and shares his thoughts on how to deliver an efficient, equitable and progressive healthcare system.

Mr Sheehan said at the launch that he agrees with former American President Calvin Coolidge who said "Raising taxes while wasting money is

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

European Commission to investigate Government for forcing NCHDs to work excessive hours

European Commission confirms to IMO that it will investigate Irish Government for forcing NCHDs to work excessive hours

Commission states that it has underlined to Irish Government the need to "substantially accelerate and deepen their eliminate excessive working hours and inadequate provision for minimum rest…"

IMO warns that Government facing fines of millions of Euros as breaches continue.

Friday 26th July 2013. The European Commission is to carry out an investigation into complaints made by the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) against the Irish Government for abuses of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) in respect of NCHDs (Non Consultant Hospital Doctors). The news – confirmed in a letter from the European Commission to the IMO - comes just a week after the IMO launched a major campaign to highlight the abuse

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Have you been affected by stroke or do you know somebody who has? The Irish Heart Foundation is calling on the public to celebrate the courage of stroke survivors and their carers by nominating their stroke heroes before 20th September for a special Life After Stroke Award. Winners will be honoured at the charity's fourth annual Life After Stroke Awards event later this year sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, to pay tribute to the bravery of stroke survivors and their carers from all around the country.

Children as young as four, seven and 10 years of age were among 14 stroke heroes honoured at last year's event hosted by RTE broadcaster Marty Whelan in Dublin. The three youngsters received Children's Courage Awards because they inspired the nation with their real life tales of bravery in overcoming and surviving stroke.

An estimated 10,000 strokes

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Whatever people's reasons for taking part in the 2013 Solas Centre South East Run for Life, Waterford's Niamh Doherty is urging everyone to get running, jogging or walking to simply celebrate life.

According to Niamh, in an interview with Beat 102-103's Gail Conway, it was her experience at last year's Run for Life that encouraged her to do it again this year.

"I did the run last year as I was stuck around the 5km mark and wanted to increase my distance and set myself some goals. I chose the Solas Run for Life as I had heard so much about it in previous years and knew it was a really good cause, so I signed up with some friends."

"Thankfully none of my immediate family has had to use the services of the Solas Centre, but you don't know what's around the

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Hypnosis has been getting a lot of media attention lately, what with the Danny Boyles movie 'Trance', about an art thief with amnesia who uses hypnosis to recall where he stashed his stolen painting; and 'Now You See Me' by French director Louis Leterrier (a movie that Waterfords Keith Barry helped with); which tells the story of a team of bank-robbing illusionists and shows people being hypnotised 'instantly' and on the spot. In one scene, dramatically, the woman finds that she can't move from that spot, and that she can't speak.

So have the above phenomenon, shown in the movie, have any a solid basis in reality? The answer is yes, but please do take it with a pinch of salt as they say! The first movie 'Trance' highlights the process of 'Age Regression' which is safely used by Consulting Hypnotists,

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Are you the 2013 Arboretum

Gardener of the Year?

Calling all 'mow'tivated Waterford gardeners! Arboretum is looking for all budding gardeners to enter the 2013 Arboretum Gardener of the Year competition!

Outgrow the competition and earn some instant 'grass'ification and lots of prizes too, with Ireland's First Five Star Garden Centre!

Incoming President of the International Garden Centre and Arboretum MD Rachel Doyle will judge the national competition.  Her passion and expertise in horticulture put her at the top of her field.  Speaking at the launch, Rachel comments: 'I'm a firm believer that gardening is good for the soul and has endless psychological benefits! Getting out in the garden is not only great for fresh air but it's a great way to get family and friends together, especially in fine weather.  Gardening is about nurturing and enjoyment for all things green.'

Gardeners can enter in to

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Letters to the Editor

  • Our View

    A Paper AnniversaryAs he has been in high profile politics for such a long time, it is hard to think that Leo Varadkar has just celebrated his first year as Taoiseach. Over the last decade, there has hardly been a time when the man hasn't been out of the headlines for one reason or another. But it is his role as Taoiseach which has cemented his position in Irish history.Of course such an anniversary didn't go past uncommented and he was given a rough ride in the Dail when the subject came up. As mu …

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