Concussion is suspected of causing various degenerative brain diseases and there is evidence to suggest that blows to the head are not good for the brain.

It took 15 years for science to show that the tobacco industry was lying and that smoking cigarettes did cause lung cancer. The suspicions and links h(...)

More than 660 clinical incidents were reported in Irish maternity units last December, according to the first published statements detailing their per(...)

The front page of The Irish Times on Wednesday, March 24th, 1965. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ahead of the 1965 general election, an Irishman who has lived abroad is disappointed at how bland and civilised the Irish politicians are behaving dur(...)

Women who eat fish regularly during pregnancy have children with better developmental outcomes, a seminar has heard. File photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Women who eat fish regularly during pregnancy have children with better developmental outcomes, a seminar on mother and baby health has been told. The(...)

Professor of obstetrics at UCD Michael Turner. Mr Turner told the Oireachtas health committee that pregnancy complications linked to neural tube defects such as spina bifida was a public health issue of major importance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Up to 40 cases of children born with spina bifida could be prevented each year by ensuring women take folic acid before pregnancy, an Oireachtas commi(...)

Studies of women attending the Coombe women’s hospital have shown that as few as 25% have taken folic acid before conception. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A major public health campaign is urgently needed to remind women of the importance of taking folic acid to prevent birth defects, leading Irish obste(...)

Ireland used to have more widespread voluntary folic acid fortification than other European countries and the rate of birth defects fell up to 2008. However, it started rising again in 2009

A growing incidence of severe birth defects among Irish newborns is being linked to a reduction in the amounts of folic acid added by food manufactur(...)

Over 30 per cent of mothers giving birth were single and 27 per cent were born outside Ireland, according to the HSE’s National Perinatal Statistic Report for 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland’s birth rate continues to decline gently while the average age of mothers having children increases, a new report shows.Over 30 per cent of mo(...)

From left: Aislynn Bagnall, Eileen Muckian, Antone Bagnal, Michael Heary and Catherine Donnelly, who are all students at St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook, receive their A-level results. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Northern Ireland’s school-leavers have again outperformed their counterparts in Britain when it comes to achieving top grades in their A-levels. Howe(...)

Leon Osman is an injury concern for Everton.

Saturday, April 12th Crystal Palace (14) v Aston Villa (13) Palace manager Tony Pulis hopes to have a fully-fit squad to choose from. Dwigh(...)