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    Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

    Death and talking about death is still a taboo subject for many of us. Joining Sean this morning was Dr. Atul Gawande who practices general and endocrine surgery and is professor in both the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. 

    Dr, Gawande is also an author of Being Mortal, a book which tackles the issues of end-of-life care. In the book, Atul argues that in trying to keep people alive for as long as possible we might actually be inflicting more suffering.

    Also joining the conversation is Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, a national charity which strives to ensure best care at end of life for all in Ireland.

    We have become a great country to live in – but the Irish Hospice want Ireland to be a great country to die in too. Their philosophy is to help people to LIVE WELL until the end.

    Download the Irish Hospice Foundation 'Think Ahead' brochure here.

    Watch:An interview with Dr. Gawande



    Good Mental Health for Life

    Maintaining good mental health is an acknowledged part of leading a full and happy life. But how do you put practices in place early so that your children have the tools to practice good mental health for the rest of their lives?

    To answer this and other questions, Sean was joined by Cognitive Behaviour Therapist Enda Walsh and Dr Harry Barry, authors of the book Flagging The Screenager.


    Orla Tinsley in New York

    Last year, a new combination drug trial aimed at targeting the cause of Cystic Fibrosis gave sufferers new hope. One of the people who was lucky enough to get on the drug trial was CF campaigner and writer Orla Tinsley. Orla has been on the trial for over a year now. When we last spoke to her in July she spoke of the changes it had made to her life.

    Orla spoke on her health and settling in to a new life in New York


    Organ Donation

    They call it the gift of life and the man who joined Sean this morning can testify to the wonderful and positive difference an organ transplant can make, granting renewed good health to someone who has been very sick.

    Five years ago, and after decades of illness, Seamus Eager received a heart transplant in the Mater Hospital. He spoke to Sean of his medical history - going through a triple by-pass, having a defibrillator and then receiving his heart transplant in 2009.


    Positive Action Spending

    An internal HSE audit into the Hepatitis C Support Group Positive Action has uncovered breaches of corporate governance and inappropriate spending on a range of items including beauty therapies, dog kennel costs, relaxation breaks , supermarket bills and emotional healing.

    Sean spoke to Christine Bruton who was on the board of Positive Action for five years before it was liquidated earlier this year. He began by asking her for her reaction to what has emerged in the audit 


    Health Apps

    We use smartphone apps for almost everything nowadays – reading newspapers, listening to music, checking the weather forecast – but more and more we are also using apps to look after our health and fitness.

    Joining Sean in studio, Dr CONOR O’BRIEN, consultant neurophysiologist and physician in sports and exercise medicine with the Blackrock Clinic and Santry Sports Surgery Clinic; and also TERRI MORRIS, co-founder of Health 2.0 Dublin.

    Buff Up Your Brain Power, Claire O'Connell in the Irish Times



    Strong not Skinny

    The phrase ‘strong is the new skinny’ has been gaining traction over the past few years, shifting attitudes away from thinness and towards health, fitness and strength. 

    As women share tips about fitness and motivational pictures on social networking sites like Instagram, a new body ideal is starting to take hold. 

    Sean was joined by personal trainer Siobhan Byrne from BodyByrne in Dublin and Sinead Forde, a convert to the strong not skinny trend.

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