We need to ensure migrants have their human rights vindicated from day one.  Photograph: Thinkstock

We need to ensure migrants have their human rights vindicated from day one

An occupancy rate of 95% for Irish acute hospitals is much higher than in the US and UK. Photograph: Thinkstcok

More hospital beds will not solve the crisis in our emergency wards, says Jacky Jones

Irish people’s relationship with red meat has always been problematic, leading not only to cancer but to cardiovascular diseases. Photograph: Thinkstock

Eating quality red meat no more than three times a week is safe

Misleading labelling: low-fat products usually contain high amounts of sugar and low-sugar products are often full of fats and calories. Photograph: Thinkstock

Every day, we are bombarded with messages from food and drink manufacturers and persuaded to buy products we do not need

The 2013 Annual Report from Women’s Aid shows that 16,464 women reported being stabbed, punched raped, kicked, choked, beaten, stalked and harassed. Photograph: Thinkstock

Domestic violence is misunderstood in Ireland because little is known about its prevalence, or the perpetrators - neither the CSO (...)

Lieut Seamus Shannon presents Conor McDonagh (4) and his sister Kyla (7) with a national flag and a copy of the 1916 proclamation at a ceremony in St Patrick’s National School, Cornanool, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus

Let’s not pretend this is a great little country for equality and human rights

It doesn’t matter how old or thin we are, everyone needs to exercise. Photograph: Thinkstock

Exercise should be promoted for its own sake as empowering, enjoyable and great for psychological health and not just something ob(...)

Dishcloths: E. coli was present on over one-quarter of dishcloths and 14 per cent were contaminated with Listeria. Photograph: Thinkstock

Focus on sterile sprays may endanger children who need to get used to bacteria

Nothing humans do is ever straightforward. We are the only mammals that have made a meal, excuse the pun, out of feeding our young. Photograph: Thinkstock

Jacky Jones: greater patriarchy and misogyny lead to lower rates

According to Bird Watch Ireland, gulls are useful scavengers and provide a service to towns and cities. Photograph: Thinkstock

Gulls, and other birds and animals, have the right to forage for food wherever they like

Many people (mostly men) respond aggressively when they feel angry, using verbal or/and physical body language. Photograph: Thinkstock

The best way to respond to angry feelings is by being assertive, then verbalising it

Nine-year-olds now developing same chest and waist size as Leaving Cert students of old

Cardinal Seán Brady arrives to give evidence to the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry at Banbridge Court House, Co Down.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The church’s obsession with normal sexual activity engendered a warped view of sexual abuse within the hierarchy

Photograph: Thinkstock

The most important aspect of a travelling mindset, according to Alain De Botton, is ‘receptivity’ and approaching new places with (...)

‘Equality between men and women needs to be the No 1 priority for health and society. Nothing less than 50-50 will do.’ Illustration: Thinkstock

International Men’s Health Week offers an opportunity to focus on equality

Only 68 per cent of all HSE complaints are investigated within the 30-day target. My family are still waiting for a resolution to a complaint, made 16 months ago, which is now being investigated by the Ombudsman. Photograph: Thinkstock

According to a new report, we make fewer complaints about healthcare than people in other jurisdictions

Bereaved parents Mark and Róisín Molloy with Amy Delahunt and Ollie Kelly: maternity practices at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, caused them great personal loss. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Men’s rights mattered more than women’s. Mothers were almost seen as incubators

Restrictions on marketing foods high in fat, sugar and salt, and taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages and high-fat foods are likely to have a greater impact on reducing obesity inequalities than campaigns targeted at individuals.Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It would be great if the debate could be about healthy weight and feel-good physical activity

Blaming depression for violent behaviour does not help anyone and stigmatises mental illness. Photograph: Thinkstock

Time for balanced debate on violence and mental illness based on scientific fact, not primeval fear

A total of 8,627 health service employees (HSE and HSE-funded agencies) completed the first-ever health service employee survey on themes such as leadership and overall strategy.

The first employee survey shows that fewer than one in 10 health workers believe change is being well managed, says Jacky Jones

Adults and children need to be able to say ‘yes’, ‘no’, or ‘I will think about it’, in the context of everyday respectful relationships. Photograph: Thinkstock

Male attitudes are the cause of sexual violence, not lack of consent education, says Jacky Jones

Hospitals need to stop counting patients, beds and discharges, and start measuring outcomes and value for money. Photograph: iStockphoto

More than one million people were treated by emergency departments in 2014, says Jacky Jones

In practice, women in Ireland have little choice about how, when and where to give birth. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ireland’s consultant-led maternity services are misogynistic and need to be overhauled, says Jacky Jones

The latest Survey on Income and Living Conditions from the Central Statistics Office makes for grim reading, says Jacky Jones

Operation Transformation: television and radio shows focused on individual lifestyles will not fix the obesity problem and may even make things worse. Photograph: RTÉ

If RTÉ wants to contribute to population health, it must produce programmes that expose the determinants of obesity, says Jacky Jo(...)

More money never makes up for the loneliness and homesickness that can be felt by emigrants. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Nearly 250,000 healthy citizens have left since 2008, but no one seems to care

 The promenade from the Claddagh to the lighthouse on Mutton Island is one of the few places left in Galway city where citizens can walk without being deafened by traffic noise. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Noise pollution is a huge and growing problem all over Europe

Social housing is not only for poor people; it is every citizen’s right, says Jacky Jones

‘Women who agree to be surrogate mothers lie to themselves for nine months to avoid cognitive dissonance.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Right to parenthood does not mean State must legalise surrogacy

Both organisations uncannily alike in the way they operate – and in their shortcomings

Children are strapped into buggies for the convenience of parents, often until they start school. Photograph: Getty Images

We need to stop giving lifestyle advice and start focusing on health throughout the life-course

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland wants school vending machines to stock only healthy options. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Actions proposed by Royal College of Physicians will work and should be acted on

Dr Jacky Jones explains why Articles 40.3.3 and 41.2 of the Constitution need to go

Unless the education system changes, the health of those in lower socioeconomic groups will deteriorate even further

The Healthy Ireland plan, launched in 2013, aims to address the deep-rooted inequalities that lead to poor health

People seem to be relying on medical treatments to solve problems caused by eating

Managers and frontline workers need to know what each treatment and service costs per service user.

The system is not broken. It is just not designed to do the job it has to do

The sugar content of one glass of pure orange juice and a yogurt exceed the WHO recommended daily limit for children. Photograph: Thinkstock

People who consume 17-21 per cent of their calories as added sugar have a 38 per cent greater risk of death from cardiovascular di(...)

Eileen Flynn from Ballyfermot with Travellers and supporters  protesting outside the Dáil on Kildare Street, Dublin last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There is a convincing case for the State finally to recognise Travellers as a distinct ethnic group

The Minister, Dr James Reilly, has said the overall budget will remain the same, so the Health and Wellbeing Division will have to make do with €234 million to not only promote health and prevent disease, but reverse the ill-health caused by the actions of other sectors.  Photograph: Getty Images

Universal Health Insurance: will it make us any healthier?

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, with TDs and Senators from all parties on the plinth at Leinster House after a breakfast to celebrate International Women’s Day.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Equal societies have healthier men, women and children

Until hospitals lose their exaggerated local-hero image waiting lists will remain as intractable as ever

Since the death of Donal Walsh, who made an impassioned plea for young people to choose life not death, there has been widespread (...)

Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill

Plans for health utopia omit breastfeeding, lack synergy and ignore need for trust

Festival goers enjoying a mud bath at Oxegen music festival. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mind your health at 2013 gatherings and festivals

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