Family News and Events

Family News and Events
Go to Babaró!

With a range of workshops, literature, and artistic performances, the Babaró International Arts Festival for Children is certainly one not to be missed.

Suitable for the whole family, especially the kids, the October 15-21 festival will be based in a variety of venues in Galway City and County venues, and aims at giving all children in Galway and throughout the rest of Ireland equal opportunity to access the arts, both as part of the audience and as a participant.

Each year, the festival hosts a diverse, week-long programme full of inspirational events for all kinds of children, including those with different levels of physical or intellectual ability.

This is a great chance for your children to come out of their comfort zone, meet other people and be inspired by some memorable performances. With a whole host of events, there’ll be something for everyone.


Cold sore, no more!

This time of the year is sometimes described as the sick season, because with changes in weather and children restarting school, it’s very easy for germs to spread and create havoc.

Given the higher chance of a weakened immune system, it’s very easy to catch a usually harmless but highly unpleasant virus: a cold sore. Cold sores are small fluid-filled ulcers that appear around the lips and mouth. They go through different stages of development and usually take one or two weeks to heal.

However, there are some gizmos that might help you conceal it if other treatments aren’t working, such as ointment. Invisible cold sore patches hygienically seal any ruptured blisters and effectively prevents the spread of the virus, providing healing benefits at each stage of the cold sore outbreak.

You simply place one on the infected area and can even cover it with makeup so that no one is any the wiser! Don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards.


Not so fast…

Most of us enjoy some form of fast food, but these habits may have to be quashed given new research which links an increased risk of cancer with the consumption of foods that have a low nutritional quality.

The study, conducted by Mélanie Deschasaux, at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research revealed that regular consumption of foods with low nutritional quality was associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer and cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract and stomach, as well as with lung cancer in the case of men.

For women, in particular, eating foods that are low in nutrients is tied to a higher risk of liver cancer as well as postmenopausal breast cancer.

The research team believe that their findings are strong enough to call for the implementation of better policies in more countries regarding how foods are labelled.