Doctors are shocked by the late recurrence of the Ebola virus and rapid deterioration of  Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey. Photograph: Reuters

Just how little we actually know about Ebola virus disease became apparent in the last 48 hours. First, doctors are shocked by the late recurrence of (...)

The prevalence of allergies has increased hugely in the past 20 years. In the developed, industrial world it is estimated that up to half of childr(...)

Despite advances in medical technology, acute appendicitis remains a tricky diagnosis. Not all cases show the classic findings of tenderness over the (...)

We take the contraceptive pill for granted now, but there was a time in the Republic when it could not be legally prescribed. The Pill has a number o(...)

The medical world has not been above contributing to redhead myths. Photograph: Getty Images

“When red-headed people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.” – Mark Twain It’s certainly not the worst dig aimed at redheads over t(...)

“Clinical physicians completing their residencies [postgraduate training] should be formally trained in commercial airline emergency medicine. This should involve real-time emergency simulations and repeated certification of the handling of basic medical equipment,”

Happily, it has been a few years since I was called to an inflight medical emergency. The young woman’s shortness of breath turned out to be an anx(...)

The latest research does nothing to change the established view that Alzheimer’s cannot be transmitted from person to person. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Even the mention of a possible link between Alzheimer’s disease brain pathology and the use of human growth hormone has the potential to prompt wider (...)

The annual congress of the European Cardiac Society is the premier event when it comes to the latest research news in cardiovascular disease. L(...)

The world of immunisation has a new buzz term: vaccine hesitancy. It refers to a growing trend whereby parents, in particular, either delay or decl(...)

Here is some great medical news for music lovers from medical journal, the Lancet. Listening to music before, during, or after a surgical procedure(...)