The review, commissioned by the International Agency for Research in Cancer, the World Health Organisation’s specialised cancer agency, also concluded there were benefits in screening older women aged 70 to 74.  Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Women aged 50-69 years who attend mammography screening reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by 40 per cent compared with women who are not (...)

The best doctors in the world are Dr Diet, Dr Quiet and Dr Merryman – Jonathan Swift Nothing too serious or taxing, as is this column’s wont in its (...)

Like many doctors, I have seen a number of cases of sepsis in my professional lifetime. Broadly defined as a life-threatening disorder that arises whe(...)

Patients should check what impact the trial will have on their treatment plan and follow-up care. Photograph: Thinkstock

It’s your first full consultation with the specialist after being newly diagnosed with a medical condition. She is running through your treatment o(...)

MDMA can reduce the pumping efficiency of the heart, which is of particular concern during periods of increased physical activity

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‘There are clear messages from this damning report.’ Above, Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn at the publication of the patient safety investigation report into services at Midland Regional Hospital. Photograph: Dave Meehan

In one of the most damning reports on the public health system produced, the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has found evidence of neg(...)

Inequality and inequity continue to be part of Irish healthcare. Most of it is not intentional.

‘Doctors, I believe, have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of patients and must continue to do so. There should be and will be no gagging clause(...)

The tragic circumstances surrounding the crash of Germanwings flight 9525 in the French Alps on March 24th have given rise to many questions but fe(...)

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Many on waiting lists have gallbladder problems or hernias that need surgery

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