While side effects from medication are rarely due to prescribing errors, most are a known risk that will affect a very small proportion of those prescribed the treatment. Photograph: Thinkstock

Sir William Osler, the renowned Canadian doctor and educator, wrote: “One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take me(...)

In all cases the injuries occurred during the tackle phase of play. Photograph: Thinkstock/Getty Images

Specialists at Tallaght hospital in Dublin have identified a new type of injury in teenage rugby players. The discovery of a specific type of hip fra(...)

For every 1,000 people screened, 49 people will be wrongly identified and subjected to unnecessary tests or treatment. Photograph: Mark Thomas/Science Photo Library

Recent concerns about bowel cancer screening at Wexford General Hospital are a reminder of our sometimes unrealistic expectations about what screening(...)

The most common use for ECT is in the treatment of severe depression, for which it is a safe and effective treatment. Photograph: Thinkstock

Last week a recent amendment to mental health legislation regarding the administration of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to patients involuntarily ad(...)

A pre-election survey by the charity Alone has found “poor health” is the primary worry of older people. Respondents were specifically concerned about(...)

Susie Long’s activism,  and that of her family since her death, hastened the introduction of the BowelScreen programme.   Photograph: Mark Condren

There is a horrible irony surrounding the missed cases of colon cancer in Wexford General Hospital and that is that the problem has arisen in the sout(...)

To administer the T-cell therapy doctors remove immune cells from patients, tag them with “receptor” molecules that target a specific cancer, and infuse the cells back into the body

Proclamations of “extraordinary” success by doctors or scientists should always set alarm bells ringing. And so claims yesterday of such success in ef(...)

The more we drink, the greater the risk of alcohol-related cancer. However,  cancers caused by alcohol can take many years to develop. Photograph: Thinkstock

According to Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer(CMO) for England, “drinking any level of alcohol regularly carries a health risk for anyone,(...)

When we entered our internship, we were told to treat our patients in ways that we didn’t think were humane.

They say you should never meet your heroes. Well, I’m about to meet one of mine. Dr Stephen Bergman, aka Samuel Shem, the author of the classic medica(...)

WHO chief Margaret Chan giving a press conference on Monday in Geneva after an emergency committee debate on whether the Zika virus outbreak should be considered a global health emergency. Photograph: AFP/Fabrice Coffrini

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” and looks set to declare the outbreak a “public health emergency of(...)