Cutting speed limits in urban areas to 30 km/h (20 mph) reduces the number of road accidents . Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cutting speed limits in urban areas to 30 km/h (20 mph) reduces the number of road accidents and the severity of injuries, according to the Institute (...)

6,600 children have been diagnosed with asthma or asthma symptoms. Photograph: Getty Images

One in six three-year-olds, or 11,000 children, have a serious long-standing health condition, according to a report from the Institute of Public Hea(...)

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(...)

Undated handout photo issued by Google of a Google smart contact lens that can monitor the glucose levels in the eye is a step closer to reality as the company has announced a partnership with Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis to develop it. Photograph: Skyscanner/PA

A smart contact lens that can monitor the glucose levels in the eye is a step closer to reality as Google has announced a partnership with Swiss pharm(...)

Men’s health is consumed by their job if they have one, by unemployment if they don’t, and by society’s beliefs about the way men should be. Photograph: Thinkstock

Men have always been less healthy than women. They are four times more likely than women to kill themselves and 20 times more likely to die from work-(...)

The numbers of pregnant women smoking has dropped by one third, according to a new study on smoking trends in the Republic and Northern Ireland. The p(...)

Pictured launching the report are (from left to right) Dr Helen McAvoy of the IPH; Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots; Minister for Health Dr James Reilly and Prof Luke Clancy of the TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland.

The number of children taking up smoking and women who smoke during pregnancy has declined over the past decade, a new report has found. However while(...)

Blood sugar reading: Checking blood sugars: people with diabetes lack the insulin required to break down sugars to allow them to power muscles and other cells in the body. This lack of insulin means that people with diabetes have a build-up of sugar in the blood or high blood sugar levels. Photograph: Getty Images

A 2010 report entitled Making Chronic Conditions Count by the Institute of Public Health estimates that by 2020 the number of adults with diabetes in (...)

Adding a few cents to tobacco and alcohol products rakes in revenue and does nothing to change bad health habits. Budget 2014 can do so much more.

WILL TODAY’S budget be good for health or another lost opportunity? Every year the government tinkers with taxation, adding a few cents to the cost of(...)

A screenshot from the video game Grand Theft Auto V. The game, about hoodlums and thieves, is the latest in this 16-year-old series. Photograph: Rockstar Games via The New York Times

Children who play violent computer games on a regular basis are more likely to show signs of aggression and find it difficult to control their emotion(...)