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Family News & Events
Gearing up for Mayo charity 10 km

Looking for a day out and some exercise at an event that will help raise funds for the local and wider community in Mayo?

Ballyheane Community Council, in partnership with Mayo Mental Health Association and supported by Ballyheane AFC will host a 10 km run/walk/jog.

The run will start from the Ballyheane Club House with rolling start times throughout the event to allow for social distancing. The event runs from 12-4 pm on August 3. Entry fees: Individual €15, family of four €20, team of four €50. All runners will be professionally chipped to accurately measure times and prizes will be given on the day with the fastest time receiving €150, second fastest €100, fastest male and female under 16, €50 each and finally €150 for the fastest team (all four members to complete 10 km).

Organisers say: “You must arrive on time to ensure social distancing measures can take place. So, if you are a serious runner or looking for a fun-filled family day out, please sign up as soon as possible as places are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.” Tickets are available here.


Sleep problems affect children in later life

A study of more than 7,000 children in the UK discovered that babies and toddlers with irregular sleep routines were linked to having psychotic experiences in later adolescence.

They also found that children who slept for shorter periods at night were more likely to be associated with borderline personality disorder at ages 11 and 12.

The research was published in the journal Jama Psychiatry. It was the first time possible links between early childhood sleep problems and adolescent psychotic experiences and borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptoms have been examined.

“We know from previous research that persistent nightmares in children have been associated with both psychosis and borderline personality disorder,” said lead author Isabel Morales-Munoz, a research fellow at the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Birmingham.

“But nightmares do not tell the whole story. We’ve found that, in fact, a number of behavioural sleep problems in childhood can point towards these problems in adolescence,” she said.


Effects of lockdown on elderly to be studied

Researchers will study how people over the age of 50 in Ireland have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A team from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin plan to analyse the impact on older adults of the outbreak and subsequent lockdown.

TILDA is an ongoing study of people over the age of 50 in Ireland and over 6,000 TILDA participants will take part in this latest research.

A second coronavirus project will gather biological samples in order to establish who has been infected by the virus.

It is hoped that the findings from both of these studies will help to support health systems and policymakers, improving the national response to the virus in the long term.