LDL cholesterol causes “furring” of the arteries that supply blood to the heart and the brain, which puts those affected at greater risk of heart attack and stroke. Photograph: JB Reed/Bloomberg News

A novel class of cholesterol-lowering drug could be available to Irish patients by the end of the year, following the approval of the first of the new(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says he is  in favour of ending the 30-year-old ban on gay men donating blood. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is it time to reverse the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood?Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says he is personally in favour of ending the 30-yea(...)

Apart from the obvious discomfort and stress for those waiting to move from a trolley to a proper hospital bed, the risk to patient safety is much gre(...)

Dr Muiris Houston The prostate is a gland about the size of a walnut and is located around the urethra – the tube that runs from the bladder to the(...)

Dr Muiris Houston, co-founder Dotmed Creative Medical Conference.

In Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre, 178 medical professionals are listening to a rapping doctor singing about Ebola to the tune of The Kinks song Lola. T(...)

‘Continued monitoring of recommendations made by various inquiries into the death from sepsis of Savita Halappanavar is crucial’

The sequence of reports into maternal and baby deaths in the State, coming on top of a Health Service Executive update on the Savita Halappanavar trag(...)

Diabetes Mellitus occurs when there is excessive sugar in the blood. The term ‘diabetes’ means excessive urination and the word ‘mellitus’ means ho(...)

Composer Ian Wilson looks on as the Irish Chamber Orchestra gives a performance of his work at the stroke unit, Tallaght hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Despite the many benefits of new technologies, a surprising aspect of medicine for lay people is that 80 per cent of diagnoses arise from the history (...)

It’s not that many decades ago since cancer was seen as something of a stigma. People either avoided the word completely or used euphemisms such as “t(...)

It has been some time since we had a lighthearted column. So, for those of us who may be struggling to move beyond first gear this morning after a rel(...)