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(...)

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(...)

Close-up of cells with coeliac disease: the increase in cases  is largely, but not entirely, put down to better testing and greater knowledge of coeliac disease. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of children in the United Kingdom diagnosed with coeliac disease has tripled in the last 20 years, but poor children suffering from the di(...)

An employee adjusts a price tag at a supermarket in Anhui province, China. China is on a relentless drive towards a consumption-led economy, sparked largely by the trends of middle-income consumers

China has 725 million urban dwellers whose household consumption will triple in the 10 years up to 2022, a tantalising figure to conjure with, from th(...)

Pro-democracy protesters sleep at a tunnel blocked by protesters near the office of the Chief Executive in Hong Kong. Photograph: Reuters

After more than two months of protests on the streets and clashes with police that have resulted in more than 200 arrests and multiple injuries, there(...)

“The preponderance of facts tells us that the more severe the corruption problem becomes, it will ultimately lead the party and the nation to perish,” said China’s president Xi Jinping in November. Photograph:  Feng Li/Getty Images

When He Shen, the most corrupt official of the Qing dynasty, was ousted after 24 years as a court favourite of Emperor Qianlong, investigators discove(...)

As a word, vaping has yet to achieve common currency, but it is getting there. Short for vapourising, it describes the process whereby nicotine is inh(...)

The impact of the global economic crisis on human rights in Ireland is the focus of international human right(...)

Wind turbines on Scrine Hill outside Roscommon Town. Photograph: Gerard O’Loughlin

The proposals to build 2,300 wind turbines in the midlands to serve the UK market is already proving to be contentious even before a single one(...)