Those who may have been affected would have donated blood in the last 18 months. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) is concerned it may have inadvertently taken blood donations from some women and a much smaller number of m(...)

The comedian’s wife, Susan Schneider, recently announced that as part of Williams’s autopsy the coroner found signs of Lewy body dementia (LBD); she added that doctors who analysed the report told her it was one of the most severe cases of the disease they had seen

Robin Williams is my all-time favourite comedian. Williams, who died in August 2014, had the ability to render me breathless with laughter within m(...)

For anyone who enjoys a grilled breakfast, the latest information from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer may have triggered a momentary bout of indigestion. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

Just two rashers of bacon a day raises your risk of cancer – health chiefs put processed meat at same level as cigarettes” Were you as taken aback as (...)

The results of the groundbreaking SPRINT trial will change blood pressure (BP) treatment goals for thousands of Irish people.

The results of the groundbreaking SPRINT trial will change blood pressure (BP) treatment goals for thousands of Irish people. Anyone over 50 with sys(...)

A trial has found that patients whose systolic BP was kept below 120 mmHg had their risk for heart attack, heart failure or stroke reduced by 24 per cent, and their risk of death lowered by 27 per cent.

Unexpected results from a major clinical trial published last night mean thousands of Irish patients with hypertension will benefit from having their (...)

Gardasil vaccination: more than 644,000 girls in Ireland have been inoculated. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty

The benefits and side effects of the vaccine for the human papilloma virus are back in the news this week because of a High Court case taken by a memb(...)

Exactly how mindfulness helps alleviate symptoms is unknown, but there is evidence of its effect on brain structures emerging from CT and MRI scans

Mindfulness has become quite a buzzword of late. An ancient Buddhist practice, it is seen as being especially relevant to our modern frenetic lives. J(...)

When Hippocrates, the Greek father of clinical medicine, said, “Let food be thy medicine,” he undoubtedly had natural food sources in mind. Packaged d(...)

Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error, defined as an inaccurate or delayed diagnosis, in their lifetime. Photograph: Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

A number of large studies carried out worldwide have concluded that some 10 per cent of hospital admissions are associated with an adverse outcome. Mo(...)

Doctors are shocked by the late recurrence of the Ebola virus and rapid deterioration of  Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey. Photograph: Reuters

Just how little we actually know about Ebola virus disease became apparent in the last 48 hours. First, doctors are shocked by the late recurrence of (...)