The UN recommends that young people take listening breaks, use apps to limit the volume on their smartphone and consider using personal audio players for no more than one hour a day. File Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

The World Health Organisation has warned that millions of young people around the world are at risk of hearing loss from loud music.The United Nations(...)

Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin: “there is no evidence of any country in which a competitive insurance system has kept costs under control”

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar expects to have an estimate of the cost of universal health insurance (UHI) in April.He said the Department of Healt(...)

One of the keys to successful treatment is to start the anti-virals within 48 hours of the first symptoms appearing

To paraphrase the Eagles song, there’s a new (influenza) bug in town. It’s nothing on the scale of a swine or avian flu, but sufficiently unusual t(...)

BFree: the challenge was to create a new product

This week in our profiles of the finalists in The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation awards we look at three top innovators in the agrifood sect(...)

Premature optimism on Ebola cases

Following a steady decline in new cases in recent weeks, the United Nations (UN) predicted the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could be over by June. It(...)

FSAI chief executive Alan Reilly: said food companies must have a threat assessment procedure in place to identify where the food supply chain could be vulnerable to fraud. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Food fraud is still seen as an easy target for criminals and the authorities are not organised enough to tackle the criminals, the outgoing Food Safe(...)

Minimum unit pricing targets two vulnerable groups – alcohol-dependent people and young drinkers who purchase alcohol at “pocket money prices”. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA

The Government’s announcement this week of new measures to reduce alcohol consumption is a watershed.The health and social impacts of our patterns of(...)

 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 (...)

Ireland’s children are not doing so well, if the recent plethora of reports is to be believed. Far from being the best little country to raise a famil(...)

 Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power and Independent senator John Crown have published a new Bill proposing the regulation of electronic cigarettes. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The regulation of electronic cigarettes is proposed in a new Bill published by Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power and Independent senator and consultant(...)