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(...)

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(...)

As is traditional after a bank-holiday weekend, this week’s column will try not to tax your brain cells too much. So let’s have a look at medical s(...)

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

There is a certain inevitability about headlines focusing on the periodic spike in the number of people on trolleys in hospital emergency departmen(...)

Medical paternalism is decidedly unfashionable. Back when I qualified, a “doctor knows best” culture was still evident, albeit one already under ch(...)

After an extensive review of 1,800 scientific papers, it found “there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective”

While wary of the lack of scientific proof behind so-called alternative treatments, my response to patients taking them is a neutral one. I encoura(...)

The recent flurry of excitement about coffee preventing heart disease illustrated two important points: suspected “causes” of coronary heart disease c(...)

You would be hard pressed to find a lay person who is critical of cancer-screening programmes. BreastCheck and Cervical Check are seen as life-savi(...)