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(...)

It is routine practice for the person to be admitted to the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum for assessment

The awful tragedy in Cobh, Co Cork, which has left a couple dead and their daughter critically ill, involved mental health issues. Michael Greaney, th(...)

Today is a good day to look ahead to some positive developments in the field of medicine for 2015.It’s not that long ago that MRSA and other healthcar(...)

So for the next week or so why not adopt the following mantra: eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we diet.

It is almost upon us. The annual Christmas break is synonymous with eating, drinking and merriment. Whether you have diabetes or have been prescribed (...)

Dr Muiris Houston The prostate is a gland about the size of a walnut and is located around the urethra – the tube that runs from the bladder to the(...)

The experience of the mother referred to Portlaoise hospital with a suspected miscarriage is most unfortunate. The emotional rollercoaster of being to(...)

Freddie Wood, president of the Medical Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Our lives begin to end the day we start to remain silent about the things that matter” – Martin Luther KingIt is not surprising that the president o(...)