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 (...)

Of the more than 300 million surgical procedures worldwide in 2012, only 6 per cent were performed in countries that comprise 37 per cent of the world population. Photograph: PA

Across the world this year, many more people will die from lack of access to safe surgery and anaesthesia than from malaria, HIV/Aids and tuberculosis(...)

About 190,000 Irish people are thought to suffer from diabetes, and that number is expected to rise. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ireland is taking an increasingly active role in diabetes research, helping to drive some of the latest technologies and winning a greater share of(...)

Médecins Sans Frontières suggested world leaders’ “lip service” showed they had learned nothing from their bungled response to the Ebola pandemic. File photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

The world is as ill-prepared for a global pandemic as it was before the Ebola outbreak, aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières has warned after the(...)

A tourist wearing a face mask pushes a luggage cart at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Hong Kong upgraded to “serious” on Monday its response to an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) in South Korea, where the number of c(...)

Breast cancer screening is a well-established element of health services in the developed world. Based on the premise that serial mammography can dete(...)

The review, commissioned by the International Agency for Research in Cancer, the World Health Organisation’s specialised cancer agency, also concluded there were benefits in screening older women aged 70 to 74.  Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Women aged 50-69 years who attend mammography screening reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by 40 per cent compared with women who are not (...)

Water in Ireland is currently fluoridated at between 0.6 and 0.8 ppm, half the limit permitted by the World Health Organisation. File photograph: Getty Images

A review of the practice of adding fluoride to water supplies has found no definitive evidence that it causes negative health effects. Further researc(...)

Bereaved parents Mark and Róisín Molloy with Amy Delahunt and Ollie Kelly: maternity practices at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, caused them great personal loss. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Unearthing the truth about Ireland’s maternity services is like peeling an onion. The Hiqa investigation into the Midland Regional Hospital, Portla(...)