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(...)

There are two major types of heart disease: coronary heart disease (CHD) which causes heart attacks and is the leading cause of death in the Wester(...)

Strokes occur when there is disruption in the blood supply to an area of the brain. Also known as cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs), there are two t(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presented Budget 2015 in the Dail today. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Organisations around Ireland have been responding to Budget 2015. Here’s what they had to say on...The 9 per cent VAT rate Irish Hotels Federation: T(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Budget allocation for health is to increase for the first time in seven years, with a €305 million rise in Exchequer support next year.Minister fo(...)

Few of us enjoy supermarket shopping but it’s something that has to be done. I love the notion of shopping the way the French do, seasonally, in marke(...)

Marie Walsh: ‘There are things I am grateful for . . . I don’t get wrapped up in dramas.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Five years ago, Marie Walsh, an orthopaedic co-ordinator at Tallaght hospital, left work after a busy shift. Four hours later, she was back in the hos(...)

Think of health checks as an NCT
for the body. Photograph:

Pitching up for a health check the morning after a wedding and with a horrible viral infection probably isn’t the best. However, luckily my appointmen(...)