Chloe Walshe (6), TJ Ormond (6) and Ellie Moonie (8) with Dessie Dolan at the launch of the    Irish Times/Pfizer Healthy Town initiative. molloyphotography

Former Westmeath county footballer Dessie Dolan has stressed the importance of setting realistic goals when embarking on a fitness regime. He was spea(...)

Running coach Mary Jennings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Its quite simple: if you are out of breath, you are going too fast. Pace yourelf. That’s the advice to anyone who begins running, from fitness expert (...)

The Athlone Regional Sports Centre

The Athlone Regional Sports Centre is planning to play a major role in this year’s Irish Times/Pfizer Healthy Town project. The facility, refurbished (...)

Dessie Dolan during his playing days with Westmeath. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

There are no negatives to exercising. You might not want to go for a run or whatever, but you won’t regret it afterwards. That’s according to Dessie (...)

Iseq heavyweight CRH had another good day. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

European shares eased back yesterday, having already recouped nearly all their losses from a bruising 8 per cent drop earlier this week, with markets(...)

The drug flibanserin, under the trade name Addyi, nicknamed “female Viagra” is shown in this undated Sprout Pharmaceuticals handout photograph released on Tuesday. Photograph: Sprout Pharmaceuticals/Reuters. 1:19

The first drug to treat low sexual desire in women won approval from US health regulators on Tuesday, but with a warning about potentially dangerous l(...)

Des Higgins, who developed Clustal, in 2002. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

We are not always good at telling the stories of Irish scientists and the impact of their work. One of these stories concerns the extraordinary imp(...)

US doctors and teaching hospitals got $6.49 billion from drug and medical-device makers in 2014, according to new government data .

US doctors and teaching hospitals got $6.49 billion from drug and medical-device makers in 2014, according to new government data on the financial lin(...)

Packets of medicines sit in a drawer inside a pharmacy store  in Athens, Greece. Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Drugmakers said on Monday they would continue to ship medicines to Greece in coming weeks, despite mounting unpaid bills, but warned supplies could be(...)

 Max Barrett (6) and Holly Barrett (3) at the Launch of the 10th Anniversary of the Pfizer Health Index. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

The number of people paying for health insurance has risen for the first time in five years, with 36 per cent of people now holding health insurance p(...)