HEALTH

New Belfast Maternity Unit Reaches Completion

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has celebrated a significant milestone as Phase B1 of the Belfast Maternity Unit at Royal Victoria Hospital, constructed by GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership (GBHP), reached completion and was officially handed over to the Trust. This achievement marks a significant advancement in healthcare infrastructure, promising to enhance the birthing experience […]

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Heartfelt Dialogues: A Guide To Healthy Communication

Communication is the heartbeat of any healthy relationship. Effective communication is the key to deepening connections, resolving conflict, and strengthening the bond between couples. The ability to express oneself and listen empathetically is essential for building strong relationships. 1. Cultivate Active Listening Effective communication starts with active listening. Give your partner your full attention, make

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Beyond The Books: Navigating University & Mental Wellbeing

University life is an exciting time for many filled with meeting new people, lots of opportunities and living independently for the first time. Moving away to a new place and starting fresh is an amazing opportunity for personal growth.  Working on a degree and completing one also opens a world of opportunities. However, it is

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Sexual Trauma Expert Calls On Victims & Survivors To Come Forward

In the wake of events surrounding Jeffrey Donaldson’s resignation, a wave of emotions will undoubtedly be triggered across our community.  “As an expert in sexual trauma, I want to first speak directly to any survivor of sexual trauma. Your voice matters, and it’s never too late to seek justice and healing in whatever way that

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JACE Medical Pioneers Cardiac Healthcare Advancements In Ireland With UltralinQ Rollout

 JACE Medical is named as the first private healthcare provider in Ireland to offer the UltralinQ, a cutting-edge solution poised to revolutionise cardiac investigations. The North West based healthcare provider is at the forefront of medical innovation with the new UltralinQ rollout, which has been launched in collaboration with Brennan & Co NI. The state-of-the-art

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Finding Balance: Tips For Navigating Work-Life-Mind Balance

It’s important to focus on getting a good balance within your life.  Between work, stressors, and personal commitments, it can be hard to navigate through these problems, whilst remaining balanced. Here are six great tips for maintaining balance throughout the holiday seasons. 1. Plan Your Month Start by reviewing your calendar for the month. Identify

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The Supermarket Buys You Should Always Wash Before Eating

Northern Irish shoppers have been warned to prewash their favourite produce to prevent harmful germs, toxins and pesticides.  The team at online healthy food retailer MuscleFood.com have revealed supermarket buys which must be washed thoroughly before eating. Failure to wash fruits and vegetables before eating can lead to health complications such as food poisoning, sickness

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Expert Reveals How Women Can Achieve Hormone Harmony & Unleash Your Full Potential

Nutrition expert Sandra Miskimmin has revealed women should be treating their hormones as a superpower rather than as a taboo subject. For many discussions about hormones become hushed conversations with lots of embarrassing whispers and confusion. But Sandra, owner of SMASH Worldwide, a health and nutrition company which supports women through hormonal changes, believes by

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Your Favourite Snacks Might Be Giving You An Energy Crash

Snackers in Northern Ireland are being warned their favourite snacks could be spiking their blood sugar and draining their energy levels.  Health nutrition experts at Prepped Pots powered by MuscleFood have revealed seven snacks people should stay clear of if they want to avoid energy crashes throughout the day. Many people nibble on snacks in

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Germ Alert: These Are The Dirtiest Items In Your Home

Homeowners are being told of the filthiest items in their home where germ infestation is at its highest. Interior experts at Online-Bedrooms have revealed nine items that need a thorough, regular clean as they could possess more germs than a toilet seat. Items such as TV remotes, lamp shades and coasters are commonly overlooked when

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Embrace The Power of Positive Transformation: Unlocking Your Best Self

Positive transformation is a remarkable journey that empowers individuals to evolve, grow, and become the best versions of themselves. It’s a process of self-discovery, self-improvement, and self-realisation or actualisation that can have a profound impact on every aspect of our lives. In this blog, we will delve into the concept of positive transformation, exploring its

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Unhappy in General? 4 Things That Could Improve Your Life!

It’s so easy to be caught up in the hecticness of life that it’s only when you actually stop that you realise how stressed you’ve become. Between your relationship, seeing friends, and work commitments, it’s no wonder that you haven’t had time to do anything positive for yourself lately. But, not doing that valuable self

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DAERA Settles Disability Discrimination Case For £50,000

A hearing-impaired man has settled his disability discrimination case against the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) for £50,000, paid without admission of liability. The case was supported by the Equality Commission. Christopher Morrow worked as a park ranger at Crawfordsburn Country Park, through an agency, from approximately May 2018 for three and

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What is Positive Psychology & How Can It Help In Your Daily Life?

As suggested by the name, Positive Psychology focuses on harnessing the positivity of everyday life. Its approach concentrates on the client’s individual character strengths helping them to feel content with their life past, present and future. It is an empowering and fulfilling technique which has multiple benefits.  What is Positive Psychology? Positive psychology is a

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Why Is Now Such an Exciting Time to Be Involved in Healthcare?

The healthcare industry is constantly filled with excitement and opportunity for businesses, and it’s such an exciting sector to be involved in. You get the chance to genuinely help people and make a difference, as well as making profit. With all of the new advancements in technology, changing trends and evolving regulations you have the

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How A Child’s Eyesight Develops Over The Years

1. Babies eyes Babies’ eyes are more sensitive to bold colours and to black and white patterns.  Within the first three months of birth, your child’s vision will greatly improve. After these few months, their eyes are actually able to focus on things. During this time of development, you should look out for a white

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Action Cancer Releases Breast Screening Appointments In The Run Up To International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, leading NI cancer charity Action Cancer has released breast screening appointments and is encouraging women to book their screening slot online. The theme for International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March 2024 (IWD 2024) is, ‘Inspire Inclusion’. International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8, yet the global campaign theme continues all year long to encourage action. Action

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Seeing The Unseen: Unleash The Power Of Positive Perspective

When you’re struggling with your mental health it is important to focus on your achievements and not undermine the successes you’ve had.  Shifting your perspective can help you to change your thoughts, feelings and behaviours to create a content, happier life.  1. Power Of Positive Perspective Changing your outlook can lead to your own personal

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Bulk Up Meals On A Budget

Cash strapped shoppers in Northern Ireland are being given advice on how to bulk up meals without breaking the bank. The frugal team at online food retailer MuscleFood.com have put together their tips for making meals stretch further without buying additional costly ingredients. They say adding lentils and oats to mince based dishes are a good way

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Watch Out For Signs Of Dog Depression

Dog lovers in Northern Ireland have been warned to ensure the current cold temperatures and lack of daylight hours aren’t giving their cherished pets winter blues. Just like us humans, dogs can struggle with their mental health at this time of year with thousands falling victim to something similar to Seasonally Affected Disorder (SAD), according

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Blossom Into Springtime With A Luxury Rest And Recharge At Galgorm Collection

The birds are singing, the mornings are brighter and there’s a grand old stretch in the evenings. All that can mean just one thing – Spring has sprung at last. And with those feel-good vibes in the air, it’s the perfect time for an indulgent rest and recharge to set you up for the action-packed

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & How Can It Help In Your Daily Life?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that is used primarily to treat patients with pre-existing mental health & wellbeing conditions or disorders. Clients often seek therapy when these struggles affect their overall quality of life. If you, or someone you love, is struggling with their mental health & wellbeing then perhaps it’s

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Tips To Boost Strength Without Weight Training

People in Northern Ireland looking to improve their strength have been told ten easy ways to build their muscles without heading to the gym. Wellness experts at Simply Supplements have revealed the ten things that will boost strength levels. There are several everyday activities people can implement into their lifestyle to build their strength. Taking 15 minutes

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Brighter Days Ahead: The Benefits Of Positivity

It is important to embrace positivity in your life and create a positive outlook and mindset. Here are some of the benefits of a positive mindset and how it can improve your life.  1. Mental, Emotional & Physical Wellbeing Maintaining a positive mindset can have significant effects on various aspects of life, including mental, emotional

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Why You Shouldn’t Drink Coffee First Thing In The Morning

Coffee lovers in Northern Ireland are being warned against drinking the beverage on an empty stomach, as it can trigger the release of stress hormones and cause an upset tummy. Health and nutrition experts at Prepped Pots powered by MuscleFood have listed five reasons why drinking coffee first thing in the morning is not a good idea.

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Seven Easy Hacks To Make The Most Of Your Freezer

Shoppers in Northern Ireland are being urged to take on regular freezer maintenance to help cut household bills and food waste. The frugal team at MuscleFood.com have revealed seven ways to improve freezer efficiency, cut weekly food costs and reduce food waste. The experts claim freezer organisation plays a major role in reducing household food wastage. Having

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Young Aspects Welcomes Big Wave Surfer Al Mennie

Aspects Festival is delighted to welcome Al Mennie to its Young Aspects programme. The Big Wave Surfer, writer and athlete will be giving a special talk in Studio 1A, Bangor on Friday 1 March. Author of several children’s books, Al will share insights into his writing journey and what inspires him. Al Mennie is probably best known

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Turning Down The Heat: A Guide To Anger Management

Anger can be a healthy response and natural emotion that will be experienced by everyone. However, when anger is not managed properly, it can lead to problems within relationships, work life, and negatively affect your mental wellbeing.  Anger can arise as a response to feelings of threat, frustration or humiliation. It is our body’s way

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Asda & GroceryAid Launch Tickled Pink Fund To Support Grocery Colleagues Going Through A Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Asda has announced it is collaborating with GroceryAid to provide financial, emotional and practical support to grocery colleagues affected by breast cancer as part of its Tickled Pink campaign. Asda’s Tickled Pink campaign works with charity partners, Breast Cancer Now and CoppaFeel!, to raise funds for better treatments, vital education and life-changing support, for anyone

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Calor Takes Significant Step Towards Promoting Mental Health Awareness

Calor Ireland has recently taken an important step to destigmatise mental well-being following the installation of a uniquely painted elephant as part of its Charity Partner’s ‘Elephant in the Room’ campaign.  This project focuses on mental health awareness and invites both companies and individuals to publicly commit to supporting overall well-being through the installation of

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Northern Ireland Sickness Absence Rate Reaches Eight Year High

A new report by Ulster University Economic Policy Centre (UUEPC) comparing and analysing sickness absence across the UK, to better understand the impact for businesses, has found that in 2022, Northern Ireland experienced its highest sickness absence rate since 2015. The findings from the report ‘Sickness Absence. Lessons for Northern Ireland Businesses and Managers’ show that the

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Reported Child Sexual Offences At Record Levels In Northern Ireland

New figures compiled by the NSPCC reveal that child sexual offences recorded by the PSNI over the past year are the highest on record in Northern Ireland since the charity started the annual research 16 years ago. In 2022/23, the PSNI recorded 2,315 sexual offences against children and young people aged under 18. Types of offences

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Here Are 5 Fitness & Nutrition Tips For Getting Back Into Healthy Habits

With 2024 in full swing, many people will be beginning to feel the effects of their Christmas activities. Weeks of over-eating, over-drinking, and sitting back on the sofa are fun for a while but, for many, now is the time to put it all behind us. Sports nutrition experts, Bulk.com have identified the most dangerous

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Groundhog Day: Advice NI Urges Households To Seek Support As ‘Heat Or ‘Eat’ Conundrum Continues

As Groundhog Day approaches, Advice NI is encouraging households to seek financial advice and free themselves from the seemingly never-ending cycle of debt. Taking place on February 2, the leading debt charity emphasises the first step is to seek support and is urging individuals to break free from a ‘Groundhog Day’ situation – known to

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