The world of immunisation has a new buzz term: vaccine hesitancy. It refers to a growing trend whereby parents, in particular, either delay or decl(...)

Conservationists say time is running out to find a permanent home for chimpanzees Sweet Pea and Guey and Kenya’s renowned Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the only sanctuary with space.

Kenya has rejected a request to bring two young chimpanzees rescued in Ebola-hit Liberia to a Kenyan wildlife sanctuary due to fears about the deadly (...)

Lead piping excavated from the driveway of a home in Sandymount, Dublin. The HSE has said health risks from lead are greatest for infants, especially those being bottle-fed, young children and babies in the womb. Photograph: Frank Miller

Irish Water’s proposals to add a chemical to the water supply nationally in an effort to lower lead levels to a safe limit will be open for public co(...)

A young woman gets Yemen’s national flag painted on her face during a protest against the Saudi-led coalition outside the offices of the United Nations in Yemen’s capital Sana’a, on Tuesday. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is catastrophic with every family affected by the conflict, International Committee of the Red Cross president Pet(...)

 Mary Robinson with Trócaire volunteer Daniel Cullen  at Maynooth University in June for a two-day conference on climate change. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), approved over the past two years by 195 governments, including Ir(...)

Breastfeeding is linked to a range of health benefits for newborn babies and mothers. Photograph: Getty Images

Barely half of women giving birth in Irish maternity hospitals breastfeed at birth and one-third of these give up within a fortnight, a new nationa(...)

Sister Patricia Walsh, who has died aged 72, spent 42 years of her life in Zimbabwe as a nurse and midwife. Her initial posting, at St Theresa’s miss(...)

Sierra Leonean health officials checking for the ebola virus at the border crossing with Liberia. File photograph: Zoom Dossozoom Dosso/AFP

The world is for the first time on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday, as dat(...)

A simple, locally made device added to a clay  stove can use the heat from  cooking to make electricity to charge mobile phones, lights and radios

Dublin engineers working with rural communities in Malawi have come up with an effective joint solution to two problems faced by developing countries.(...)

Rory Staunton, who died in April, 2012 from septic shock. Rory’s parents have been campaigning to raise awareness of the condition ever since.

In March 2012, 12-year-old Rory Staunton cut his arm during a basketball game at school. By midnight, he was vomiting, running a high temperature and (...)