Society should be structured in such a way that women can easily combine children and a career. The egg-freezing stunt shows that their right to have children and a full-time job is just not taken seriously.

The offer made by Apple and Facebook to their female employees that the companies would contribute to the cost of “egg freezing” is a reminder that eq(...)

Children are strapped into buggies for the convenience of parents, often until they start school. Photograph: Getty Images

The HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) and 25 partner organisations have launched a new mental health campaign called “little things”. (...)

 Why do we get so worked up about the negligible threat from Ebola and ignore real and present dangers, such as healthcare workers not washing their hands properly?

The hype about Ebola is similar to that surrounding Aids in the early 1980s. People feared infection because of homophobia and ignorance about transmi(...)

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Ever since Richard Nixon declared “war on cancer” in 1971, caregivers, patients and the media have used military language to talk about this disease. (...)

Table salt is made up of two minerals, sodium and chloride, so daily salt intake must be divided by 2.5 to calculate sodium intake. Photograph: Thinkstock

Healthy eating gets more complicated every day. New research into salt intake shows that too little or too much salt can cause health problems. Severa(...)

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland wants school vending machines to stock only healthy options. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When the first National Nutrition Survey was carried out, Ireland had almost no overweight or obese children. In fact, many were too thin. Between 194(...)

The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, Article 40.3.3, must go. It makes a woman’s life equal to that of a foetus and removes her right to “life, l(...)

Ireland’s education system is grossly unfair, with a knock-on negative effect on health. Educational attainment, not just years in school, is such a m(...)

Donegal Bay in the southwest of the county: If Leo Varadkar can rebrand the west of Ireland successfully as the Wild Atlantic Way, perhaps the same can be done for primary care. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There is hope at last that our dysfunctional health system might be fixed. I say system, not services, because by and large the services are as good a(...)

Shortly after Dr Leo Varadkar became Minister for Health he was interviewed by RTÉ about the challenges facing the health sector, including Ireland’s (...)