Dr Ciara Kelly, a GP and the Operation Transformation medic, attracted some opprobrium recently for her remarks about the alcohol consumption of on(...)

Until recently at least, doctors were inclined to be somewhat possessive about their clinical records

Is the main purpose of medical records for doctors to communicate with each other as well as to remind themselves of the details of a patient’s condit(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says he is  in favour of ending the 30-year-old ban on gay men donating blood. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is it time to reverse the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood?Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says he is personally in favour of ending the 30-yea(...)

Cooling of newborn infants with moderate to severe hypoxic brain damage reduces the risk of death and of long-term neurological disability. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Maternity services are again under the spotlight with the start of a formal inquiry into the management of women in labour at Ballinasloe’s Portiuncul(...)

 Rather than feel bad on the weeks you don’t manage 150 minutes, be positive about any 20 minutes of moderate exercise you do get. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Readers will be aware of my scepticism about telling people what not to do when it comes to health promotion. I’m much happier advising patients to do(...)

The most common oral signs of diabetes are gingivitis (gum disease) and periodontal disease

You are sitting in the dentist’s chair when out of the blue she says, “I think we should check you for diabetes.” Anticipating a referral to your G(...)

Four broad ways to die: sudden death; the long, slow death of dementia; the up-and-down death of organ failure; and death from cancer where you “go down, usually in weeks”.

Have you ever thought about how you would like to die? More specifically, are there illnesses you really would not like to be your last?The reason for(...)

Apart from the obvious discomfort and stress for those waiting to move from a trolley to a proper hospital bed, the risk to patient safety is much gre(...)

How about some moderate exercise starting this week? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

S o how was the festive season for you? Did you manage to eat,drink and be merry – at least in moderation? In my Christmas column I mentioned that thi(...)

For doctors, the practice of ethical medicine is a cornerstone of professionalism. Photograph: Thinkstock

The burial of the brain-dead pregnant woman marks a closure of sorts for her family, following a long saga that began with her admission to hospital a(...)