Deaths from heroin have declined substantially, from a peak of 115 in 2009 to 61 in 2012.

More than 630 drug related deaths have been recorded for 2012, according to new figures from the Health Research Board. The number of deaths decreased(...)

From left, Dr Aoife Ryan, lecturer in nutritional sciences, UCC, Dr Derek Power, consultant medical oncologist, Cork and Mercy University Hospitals, Ann O’Connor, lecturer in culinary arts, Cork Institute of Technology, and Éadaoin Ní Bhuachalla, research dietitian, UCC. Photograph: Neil  Hurley

While many healthy people struggle to lose weight, the majority of patients with advanced cancer experience involuntary weight loss that can have a de(...)

IVF has been characterised as a series of hurdles; each stage of treatment can be experienced as a “success or failure in the pregnancy trail”

One of the major effects of the contraceptive revolution is that it has afforded women the opportunity to plan when to have their first child. It can (...)

While there have been many advances in the early diagnosis and effective treatment of cancer in recent years, these improvements in care do not always(...)

 In 2013, older teenagers aged 18-19 were the most likely cohort to need inpatient psychiatric treatment for the first time.

A recent report from the Health Research Board (HRB) cast some interesting light on what goes on in psychiatric units and hospitals here. That the (...)

Minister for  Health  Leo Varadkar announcing  funding of  €13.5 million  for research into cancer, antobiotics and other vital treatments, at the HRB Health Research Awards which took place at the Royal College of Physicians.  Photograph:  Colm Mahady/Fennells

The use of “medicinal mushrooms” to combat pneumonia and a device to improve inhaler use among asthma sufferers are among the 36 projects that have w(...)

Where you live can make a difference to your mental health

Older people who live in disadvantaged areas have a higher risk of developing mental illnesses including depression, dementia and cognitive impairmen(...)

Tissue bank: researchers can apply to use the banked tissue and data to help develop more effective ways to diagnose and treat the relevant condition

The concept is simple: patients and healthy people donate samples or surplus tissue (perhaps from tumours or biopsies) and these biomaterials are stor(...)

The Irish Cancer Society today announced a national clinical study aimed at understanding the role of aspirin in improving outcomes for patients. Photograph: Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Almost 3,000 breast cancer patients are to take part in new research aimed at understanding how daily aspirin may help prevent the spread of the disea(...)

The release of Leaving results two weeks ago showed increased numbers of students sitting physics, biology, chemistry and higher maths

The message is getting through to students and their parents – it is a good idea to consider studying physics, biology, chemistry and higher maths (...)