Family News and Events

Family News and Events
A book to last a lifetime

As Mother’s Day looms closer and closer, finding the perfect gift can be a real challenge. However, a visit to the National Museum of Ireland Country Life in Castlebar next month will make your decision-making much easier, as it is providing the opportunity for you and your mother to create and decorate a special keepsake.

The gift-making workshop will be the perfect way to spend an afternoon hour, as you collaborate with the most important woman in your life on a decorative hardback book that she will treasure for years to come. Hosted by the National Print Museum, you’ll learn how to use traditional and contemporary methods and materials to handcraft and decorate your own book.

The workshop takes place on Sunday, March 11, and admission is free. Booking is required.


Link between arthritis and dementia found

A new study has revealed that drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis could halve the risks of patients developing dementia. A team led by Prof. Chris Edwards, of the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, and colleagues at the University of Oxford, analysed the records of more than 5,800 people living with the condition across the UK and found a positive link between patients taking drugs to treat arthritis and reducing their risk of developing dementia – potentially by up to 50%. Prof. Edwards said: “The results we’ve seen make us optimistic that we are getting closer to better treating this neurological disease and supports further investigation in clinical trials to confirm if these drugs can be used to prevent or treat dementia.”

It is estimated that in Ireland over one in five adults and more than 1,200 children have some form of arthritis.


The baby-friendly thermometer

A feverish child can be a nightmarish prospect for a worried parent, who may be unsure how to deal with the situation. Crucially, parents need to monitor their child’s temperature to gauge whether their child is improving or getting sicker. This can be particularly challenging if your child is sleeping or crying.

However, a new gadget may just solve this problem. The Pacifier Thermometer is disguised as a pacifier or soother so that it is able to calm your child while allowing you to easily check their temperature. Its glow feature also allows parents to get a night time temperature reading without disturbing the baby.

The memory feature in the device recalls the last reading to help monitor the child’s progress and is able to measure in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. A protective cover is also included for ease of travel and clean storage.