Saturday 14 December 2019

Free talks focus on women's health

Around 2,600 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in Ireland every year
Around 2,600 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in Ireland every year
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Two free information talks themed on women's health will take place at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin this Wednesday.

One will discuss "'Breast Cancer - What do we know now?" and the second relates to "Screening in Pregnancy - Is my baby normal?".

The event takes places between 7pm to 9pm at RCSI, 123 St Stephen's Green. The talks are free of charge to the public.

Prof Arnold Hill, a breast cancer specialist in Beaumont Hospital, will outline how latest innovations in breast cancer therapy has changed it from a disease that kills, to one where patients have learned to live and manage breast cancer as a chronic illness.

The various options to treating and managing the condition will be discussed and Prof Hill will also detail the future challenges in the battle against breast cancer.

Prof Fergal Malone, of the Rotunda Hospital, will given an update on the latest remarkable advances in screening technology for pregnancy (such as foetal DNA testing from mother's blood).

Give your toes some TLC this winter

Women around the country are about to face an annual endurance test as they don high heels for the party season. The morning after the night before takes on a whole new meaning with throbbing, painful and sore feet.

Here are some tips to minimise discomfort:

If there is a choice between standing on a mat or a wood floor, go for the softer surface. A hard floor applies even more pressure

Invest in some gel insoles. But remember: you need to replace them every few wears. They provide some shock absorption and distribute your weight across the ball of your feet rather than in a toe or two. When you are buying shoes make sure they have room for an insole

Comfort harassed feet by putting them in a pan of warm water with some Epsom salts. Soak for about 20 minutes.

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