Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned smokers of the number of serious diseases linked to smoking and insisted the Government will introduce plain cigarette packaging. File photograph:Jonathan Brady/PA

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned smokers of the number of serious diseases linked to smoking and insisted the Government will introduce pla(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said doctors were anxious over the possible repercussions of misdiagnosis

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he would be reluctant to condemn GPs responsible for an alleged “over-referral” of breast cancer patients to(...)

On the way: some of the plain packaging mandatory for cigarettes sold in Australia. Photograph: Reuters

Vincent Jennings is upfront about representing the interests of 1,200 retailers who sell cigarettes and other tobacco products. He is also upfront abo(...)

Kate O’Kelly trains for the London marathon: ‘Running gave me a purpose and really helped me to deal with emotion in those early days.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kate O’Kelly is preparing to run her eighth marathon. The Dublin woman hasn’t always been a keen runner but since her mother died of cancer in 2008, s(...)

New restrictions on the use of sunbeds, including a ban on promotions and a requirement to use protective eyewear, are to be introduced next month.

New restrictions on the use of sunbeds, including a ban on promotions and a requirement to use protective eyewear, are to be introduced next month.Com(...)

At the launch of Swim Ireland’s  ‘Swim for a Mile 2015’  are, from left to right, Sam McGuinness, Simon Community, Erica Roseingrave, public affairs and communications manager, Coca-Cola, Sarah Keane, chief executive, Swim Ireland, Dominique McMullan, Conor Pope and Killian Byrne. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

Conor Pope: ‘I’ll swim a mile, and it won’t kill me’   I have never trusted swimming. Unlike most forms of exercise and beach or poolsid(...)

 Irish Cancer Society volunteer May Ryan with “Daff Man” James Gilleran at the launch of the 28th Daffodil Day, which takes place on Friday, March 27th. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish people must continue their generosity in order to combat the worst effects of the country’s rapidly increasing cancer rates, according to Irish (...)

Mary Nevin, a night nurse with the Irish Cancer Society: ‘I have seen many different reactions in people, in the immediate aftermath of a loved one’s death. We are all amateurs when it comes to grief, and all reactions are perfectly normal.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Respite for families My role as a night nurse involves caring for terminally ill patients, providing comfort, managing their symptoms and offering som(...)

CervicalCheck, the national cervical screening programme, says the number seeking regular smear tests drops off among older women. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire.

Younger women aged 25-29 are more likely to have regular cervical smear tests than older women, with only 64 per cent of Irish women aged 55-59 availi(...)

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English and Professor Mark Ferguson, director general of Science Foundation Ireland, at the launch of SFI’s review of important milestones and achievements for 2014 and  its plans for 2015

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has published its annual plan for 2015 as well as a review of key milestones and achievements during 2014. The coming(...)