“Seeing a plump child on the scales today, the GP sees their future: diabetes, sleep apnoea, heart problems, high blood pressure, joint disease and low self-esteem.” Photograph: Jimmy Pozarik/Getty Images

Every GP who has signed up to treat children under-six is required to measure and weigh them when they come into the clinic. It can be depressing. Man(...)

Good things can come from a shocking event and every second Saturday groups of up to 120 people at a time gather at Killarney racecourse. They are pa(...)

Goal setting to kick habits such as overindulging in wine should be SMART: S = Specific, M= Measurable; A = Attainable; R = Relevant and T = Time-bound

It was a fitting finale to eight weeks of interesting public talks. Nenagh GP Dr Pat Harrold’s talk on breaking bad habits went down well, to cap off (...)

Bad habits: People should set realistic goals in pursuit of cleaner living. Photograph: Getty Images

Breaking a bad habit takes about one month and a key to be successful in doing so is to not beat yourself up about it if you falter. That’s according (...)

A lot of people don’t realise they have high blood pressure so it is important to get checked. Photograph: Thinkstock

High blood pressure is a huge risk, so go and check it out. That was the advice from a woman who controlled her spiralling blood pressure after a c(...)

A few years ago, one of the medical weeklies ran an unintentionally hilarious column with the title “A Day in the Life”. An eminent doctor would give (...)

‘Little boxes, little boxes” sang Tom Paxton, who was no fan of them. The song often pops into my head when I contemplate the mysterious world of medi(...)

The polytunnel in my garden is warm and humid. When the rain is hopping off its roof, if I close my eyes and breathe in the moist fragrance of earth a(...)

I work as a GP in Ireland. I have only one list on my desk. It is the list of local chemists and their phone numbers. Ireland is fortunate to have (...)