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