Majella Doherty with her son, Matthew, who was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome last December.

My husband, John, and I were away for the weekend last December when we got the message that our 16-year-old son, Matthew, was very unwell in hospital(...)

Michael Hoban with his wife, Rita, in their home in Aughrim, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Since September 22nd, 1990, the day I was involved in a serious accident that I was incredibly lucky to survive, I have not been able to eat normally (...)

From left, Dr Aoife Ryan, lecturer in nutritional sciences, UCC, Dr Derek Power, consultant medical oncologist, Cork and Mercy University Hospitals, Ann O’Connor, lecturer in culinary arts, Cork Institute of Technology, and Éadaoin Ní Bhuachalla, research dietitian, UCC. Photograph: Neil  Hurley

While many healthy people struggle to lose weight, the majority of patients with advanced cancer experience involuntary weight loss that can have a de(...)

Prof Fergal Malone, chairman of the RCSI department of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.

Advances in pregnancy screening mean a woman can now find out as early as nine or 10 weeks into her pregnancy, with more than 99 per cent certainty, w(...)

Patrick Mullane and Dr John Waterstone with baby Bridget. Photograph: Micheal McSweeney/Provision

All babies are special but baby Bridget Mullane is particularly precious as her parents thought they might never be able to have a family together. Th(...)

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The Celtic Tiger was in full roar on July 9th, 2005, and three close friends from Galway had hired a helicopter to travel to the Tall Ships Race in Wa(...)

Regina Cunnane: “Our niche is really in high quality product with quirky, interesting clothes”

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 Ann and Paul with their daughters, Sophia and Grace. Sophia was born at 25 weeks and four days.

When Patrick Bouvier Kennedy was born at 34 weeks’ gestation on August 7th, 1963, there were no ventilators to help the struggling baby to breathe,(...)

Eating foods that are high in fat and refined sugars activate the pleasure and reward centres of the brain, causing an increase in the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Photograph: Thinkstock

Why are so many of us hopelessly addicted to fatty and sugary foods that we know are bad for us? Why do we never get the same cravings for fruit, vege(...)

Dr Louise Kenny, professor of obstetrics at University College Cork and a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, says she would never try to talk a woman or couple out of trying to conceive just because she is over 40.

With many Irish women choosing to delay starting a family until well into their 30s and even 40s, there has been a lot of focus on the negative sid(...)