Hitting the Wall yet? Runners compete in the Great Wall marathon at Huangyaguan (Yellow Cliff Pass) Great Wall of China in Tianjin. The race is regarded as one of the most challenging marathons in the world. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Had you so wished, you could have run a marathon through the Gaza Strip which, at 41km long, is almost perfectly marathon-proportioned. That wa(...)

Formula One driver Michael Schumacher in action during a race in the ski resort Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. Photograph: EPA/Benvenuti

With German Chancellor Angela Merkel laid low with a fractured pelvis after a ski accident in Switzerland, and Michael Schumacher suffering serious he(...)

 Members of Wicklow Swimming Club. Photograph: Courtesy of Wicklow Swimming Club.

They are out even now in December, sea swimmers who brave the Irish waters in the depths of winter, wearing their purple-tinted skin with pride eve(...)

Julia Thurmann: Julia was 34 when she had to move into a nursing home afer a virus left her paralysed from the waist down. Photograph: Eric Luke

Few people relish the prospect of ending up in a nursing home in old age. The thought of ending up in a nursing home in your 20s or 30s is incomprehen(...)

Patricia Daly, nutritional therapist: “I don’t consider myself as alternative at all.”  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The idea that certain foods have healing properties and can be used to treat disease is controversial. We are willing to accept that the western diet (...)

Why is there so little focus on preventing health problems before they hit our creaking hospital system? It would seem like a more common sense approa(...)

 Ellie Ward, with her father  John, is due to go home after six months in hospital.     Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The HSE has told the parents of an eight-month-old child that it will provide €46,000 for a home care package that will allow her leave hospital. Desp(...)

Ellie Ward in Temple Street hospital, Dublin with her dad, John Ward. Photographs: Dara Mac Dónaill

From opposite ends of the country, Ade Stack and John Ward would probably have never met had their children not ended up on the same ward in Temple St(...)

Sex addiction can be seen as a macho addiction, according to Dr Fiona Weldon of the Rutland Centre. But she says, “that changes very quickly wh(...)

The Transport Club Bingo Hall in Crumlin is where you can meet some of Ireland ’s most robust citizens – the over-70s females. When it c(...)