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(...)

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 cont(...)

Sir Michael Marmot: “There’s an intimate relationship between where you are on the social hierarchy and your health. The people at the top have the longest life, those in the middle are shorter, and as you get lower and lower, the life expectancy gets shorter and shorter.”

Money doesn’t buy happiness, they say, but the clear evidence is that it does buy you extra years of life. The flip side of this, of course, is that t(...)

Already, there is a shortage of GPs in poorer urban areas. Photograph: Getty Images

The cuts of 7.5 per cent to GPs are indefensible based on the population health evidence which now presents itself. In the wake of a massive decline i(...)

One in four deaths from heart disease or stroke could be prevented each year if everyone in Ireland cut their salt and fat intake and consumed three o(...)