A selection of sugary drinks. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Young children who consume sugar-sweetened drinks are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese, a study of more than 1,000 schoolchildren i(...)

Rosanna Davison: ‘gluten in food should be avoided’.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In 2003, Rosanna Davison was crowned the world’s most beautiful woman when she won Miss World. By 2012, with dad Chris de Burgh’s blessing, Davison(...)

Dr Gabriel Eichler from the US-based online network PatientsLikeMe.

Subjects, service users, clients, participants. All these words describe the person at the heart of healthcare: the patient. While health services, re(...)

Drugs, dialysis and surgery are the main treatments for diabetic kidney disease, but all are costly and provide limited protection. Photograph: University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust /PA Wire

NUI Galway is leading a €6 million research project to test a stem-cell therapy treatment for diabetic kidney disease. Some 48 patients with the co(...)

Water in Ireland is currently fluoridated at between 0.6 and 0.8 ppm, half the limit permitted by the World Health Organisation. File photograph: Getty Images

A review of the practice of adding fluoride to water supplies has found no definitive evidence that it causes negative health effects. Further researc(...)

Review of previous studies does not give us clear-cut answers in respect of many of the claimed negative health effects of fluoridation

The addition of fluoride to drinking water supplies is an issue that arouses passionate opposition among a vocal minority and some befuddlement in the(...)

Great progress has been made in recent years to advance capability in Ireland in the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of clinical trials. Th(...)

The importance of comparing like with like has been understood for centuries. Photograph: Thinkstock

Your three-year-old son gets a small piece of Lego stuck up his nose. What do you do? Who do you call? You want to avoid a trip to the emergency depar(...)

Tiny patients have particular needs, and that is why some investigator-led clinical studies in Ireland are looking to develop better ways to cater for them, including how best to prevent infections being introduced from the equipment itself.  Photograph: Thinkstock

There are few sights as heartrending as that of a newborn baby surrounded by equipment in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These tiny patients h(...)

Once Sarah starts drinking she can’t stop: in a night she knocks back shots of vodka and pints of Guinness, before heading to the off-licence to buy cans of beer and sneak out with a couple of whiskey bottles stuffed in the belly of her jeans. She calls this ‘crotch-walking. Photograph: Thinkstock

Sarah, a first-year college student, has been coming to me for counselling for several weeks. She is in deep despair, using addictions to alcohol a(...)