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(...)

Avoiding stigmatisation

Beyond sometimes fevered headlines and an unfortunate tendency to stigmatise those affected, issues of overweight and obesity represent a significant (...)

The vaccine against cervical cancer has been offered to teenage girls in Ireland since May 2010 as part of the schools vaccination programme

A new support group, set up by parents of teenage girls who claim a vaccine against cervical cancer has made them ill, will be launched on the weeken(...)

Liberian Red Cross burial team retrieves the body of a suspected victim of Ebola  on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Liberia was  declared free from Ebola on 9th April 2015. Photograph: Ahmad Jallanzo/EPA

Public health experts involved in the response to the Ebola crisis have condemned what they described as a ludicrous, insulting and opportunistic atte(...)