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The Irish Times - Tuesday - Health - - Health Lifestyle - Sylvia Thomp­son sthomp­son@irish­times.com

Breast­feed­ing for C-sec­tion ba­bies: Sci­en­tists at Univer­sity Col­lege Cork (UCC) have found that breast­feed­ing is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for ba­bies born by Cae­sarean sec­tion, and es­pe­cially those born be­fore 35 weeks as it helps to de­velop a more nor­mal gut mi­cro­biota (bac­te­rial com­mu­nity which helps de­velop the baby’s im­mune sys­tem). Ba­bies born by Cae­sarean sec­tion don’t have the same ex­po­sure to healthy bac­te­ria be­cause they don’t travel through their moth­ers’ birth canal. How­ever, re­searchers at the APC Mi­cro­biome In­sti­tute at UCC have dis­cov­ered that full-term ba­bies born by Cae­sarean sec­tion who are breast­fed for at least four weeks have sim­i­lar gut bac­te­ria to vagi­nally born ba­bies by eight weeks of age. See the full re­search pa­per on iti.ms/2ksklkr

Bal­ly­maloe day: The sec­ond an­nual Bal­ly­maloe Good Liv­ing Day will be held on Sun­day, February 5th, from 10am-4pm at the Bal­ly­maloe Grain­store, Shana­garry, Co Cork. The pro­gramme in­cludes demon­stra­tions of BoxFit and Pi­lates, a five kilo­me­tre run, mini-ses­sions of re­flex­ol­ogy and reiki, and free blood pres­sure, heart rate and choles­terol test­ings. Speak­ers in­clude Chris­tine Ba­gley from the Dzogchen Beara Ti­betan Bud­dhist Re­treat Cen­tre and res­i­dent chef and cook­ery school teacher, Da­rina Allen. Ad­mis­sion ¤10. See bal­ly­maloe­grain­store. com Ac­cess to Medicines event: The new lobby group, Ac­cess to Medicines Ire­land, will hold its first pub­lic event on Wed­nes­day, February 8th from 2pm to 5pm in the Global Room, Watts Build­ing, Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin. The speak­ers in­clude Ellen ‘t Hoen, co-founder of the Médecins Sans Fron­tières Ac­cess to Medicines move­ment, Hans Hogerzeil, pro­fes­sor of global health, Gronin­gen Univer­sity and ex-WHO di­rec­tor of Es­sen­tial Medicines, and Diar­maid McDon­ald, ad­vo­cacy man­ager, Uni­taid and Stopaids. Ad­mis­sion free but ad­vanced reg­is­tra­tion ad­vised on iti.ms/2ki­icUQ

Aware’s tran­si­tion year

pro­gramme: De­pres­sion sup­port group Aware has just launched its life skills pro­gramme for tran­si­tion-year stu­dents. Based on Aware’s life skills pro­gramme for adults, the six-week course teaches stu­dents how to un­der­stand the re­la­tion­ship be­tween thoughts, feel­ings and ac­tions. It also teaches them to un­der­stand the im­pact of ex­ter­nal events, to de­velop in­ner con­fi­dence and im­prove their well­be­ing. The pro­gramme is sup­ported by the ESB’s En­ergy for Gen­er­a­tions fund. See aware.ie

Bal­ly­maloe res­i­dent chef Da­rina Allen will take part in the cen­tre’s Good Liv­ing Day, on Sun­day.

Coru’s five-year strat­egy: Coru, Ire­land’s multi-pro­fes­sion health and so­cial care reg­u­la­tor, launched its five-year strat­egy last week. The agency reg­u­lates the pro­fes­sion­als listed in the Health and So­cial Care Pro­fes­sion­als Act 2005 (as amended). These in­clude so­cial work­ers, ra­dio­g­ra­phers and di­eti­tians. Mem­bers of the pub­lic can check whether prac­ti­tion­ers are reg­is­tered on coru.ie

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