Would you like to know your risk of dying within the next five years? Or, if you have just been discharged from hospital, would you be interested t(...)

A possible link between a widely prescribed drug that suppresses stomach acid and an increased risk of heart attack has emerged in US research publ(...)

Lead was used for pipework and watertanks before the 1970s in many homes. Lead from these pipes leeches into water with contamination levels of up to 80 times the legal limit found in drinking water in parts of Dublin. File photograph: Juri Samsonov/Getty/iStockPhoto

Lead was first linked to adverse health as far back as 250 BC and has been the subject of environmental controls since the late 20th century, when lea(...)

Walking in central London recently, I noticed a group of teenagers inhaling the contents of balloons in an alleyway. There was a lot of giggling and h(...)

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

The reasons why Ana Hick fell seriously ill on the street outside a nightclub and subsequently died have not been confirmed, but deaths in similar cir(...)

‘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(...)