With just under 5,000 confirmed cases and over 2,450 deaths, the worst ever outbreak of the infectious disease Ebola continues to grow. Labelled a loo(...)

Reducing sugar intake is not a ‘magic bullet’ to combating obesity, a Dublin conference has been told.

Reducing sugar intake is not a “magic bullet” to combating obesity and the introduction of a sugar tax is not justified, a leading nutrition expert ha(...)

Computer-aided rendering of Ebola virus. Illustration: Thinkstock

An Irish scientist is to lead trials of the first vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus, following this week’s decision by British authorities to give(...)

Members of an Ebola burial team collect the body of a suspected Ebola victim from a home in Monrovia, Liberia. The WHO said  the number of afflicted patients was increasing exponentially and that nearly all the country has confirmed cases and that all new treatment facilities are overwhelmed. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

Liberia, the country worst hit by West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, should see thousands of new cases in coming weeks as the virus spreads exponentially, (...)

Medical staff carry a boy (8) who is suspected of having Ebola, into a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia. Yesterday Ebola - the reality and the hysteria over it - is having a serious economic impact on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three nations already at the bottom of global economic and social indicators. Sierra Leone is planning  a four-day nationwide ’lockdown’  in a bid to contain the  outbreak. Photograph: New York Times

Sierra Leone plans to impose a four-day nationwide “lockdown” this month in a bid to contain the spread of the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola. (...)

Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general of the World Health Organisation, speaks to the media after a meeting on therapies and vaccines with potential to treat or prevent Ebola virus. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that blood taken from survivors of Ebola could be used in the effort to treat others with the virus. (...)

The WHO has recommended a ban on indoor smoking of e-cigarettes as part of tougher regulation of products dangerous to children. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

A group of tobacco experts has criticised a World Health Organisation (WHO) report calling for more regulation on e-cigarettes, saying the evaluation (...)

A Liberian healthcare workers preparing to pick up the body of a victim of Ebola from the waiting area of the ELWA hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, the UN health agency said today, warning that an international effort costing (...)

More than 240 healthcare workers have contracted Ebola in west Africa, 120 of whom have died. The WHO cites shortages of protective equipment as one cause of the high numbers infected.

An Irish charity has announced it is raising money to buy protective suits for health workers managing the Ebola virus outbreak abroad. The Leprosy Mi(...)

E-cigarettes: There is no evidence to suggest that nicotine is carcinogenic, but it is addictive

The publication of a World Health Organisation (WHO) report into e-cigarettes – labelled electronic nicotine delivery systems (Ends) – is an important(...)