Dr Angie Brown, cardiologist and medical director of the Irish Heart Foundation. Photograph: Eric Luke

Each week varies a great deal but my day usually starts at 8am and can finish quite late depending on my schedule. I work at the Hermitage Medical (...)

PE teacher Enda Tourish who saved the life of his 16-year-old pupil Ryan Callan by administering CPR after the student collapsed in 2014 during a PE class in Our Lady’s Secondary School in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Mark Steadman/Photocall Ireland

Many people reach a point in their lives when they would like to be able to help someone in an emergency. Some people have a natural ability to calm a(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, at The Human Right to Health meeting at NUIG on Friday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

President Michael D Higgins has called for a “deepening of the discourse” between economics and human rights, particularly the human right to health.I(...)

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The gyms are full to capacity and there are joggers everywhere this time of year as people struggle to get fit. But what does it mean to be fit and(...)

Counting down the minutes to medical attention while waiting on a hospital trolley in the wee small hours, one may have many thoughts: but not necessa(...)

It may be difficult today to appreciate in full the achievement of Prof Sean Blake, who has died aged 88 after a long illness, but in his time – the 1(...)

Lack of exercise leaves a person at greater risk of early death than does being obese, according to a study published this evening

Lack of exercise leaves a person at greater risk of early death than does being obese, according to a study published this evening. And it could take (...)

Linda Kidd,  a health-screening nurse with the Irish Heart Foundation. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

Awareness programmes My weeks vary greatly. Some days I might be working on a health-awareness programme. This is usually in a public area such(...)

About one in 60 of us will be affected by Bell’s palsy over the course of our lifetime

A patient’s wife, somewhat apologetically, came in to tell me that her husband had woken up the previous morning to find his face was paralysed on on(...)

Ruairí Quinn and John Walshe. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

You have to say John Walshe has a great sense of timing. He hops from journalism into a plum job for Ruairí Quinn, and then, with indecent haste, b(...)