Liberia immigration officers, wearing protective hand gloves to avoid contact with the deadly Ebola virus, inspect the travel documents of Sierra Leonean nationals at  border between Liberia and Sierra leone. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine epicentres of Ebola, joining Liberia in imposing tough controls to c(...)

A Liberian money exchanger washes hands between customers as a precaution to prevent infection with the deadly Ebola virus. The deadly tropical virus was first detected in Guinea where at least 34 people were reportedly killed in a stampede at a beachside concert celebrating the end of Ramadan. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

At least 34 people, including several children, were killed in a stampede at a beachside rap concert celebrating the end of Ramadan in Guinea‘s capita(...)

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun, Sierra Leone. Ebola has killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in February. Photograph: Tommy Trenchard/Reuters

The Nigerian city of Lagos shut and quarantined a hospital yesterday where a Liberian man died of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the high(...)

Members of the public walk past signage on the Princes Bridge for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne today. Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Dutch doctor Joep Lange and a World Health Organization official heading to an Aids meeting in Melbourne were among 298 people killed on the Malaysia(...)

A Liberian woman reads an Ebola information poster on the prevention of the Ebola epidemic, during UNICEF’s sensitisation campaign. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

West African countries neighbouring those hit by the Ebola epidemic including Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegtions neal and Guinea Bissau should prepare for (...)

Alkermes chief executive Richard Pops. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Shares in Irish drug company Alkermes jumped over 10 per cent yesterday after it announced plans to seek US marketing approval for its experime(...)

An anti-pylon protest at Mahon Falls, Co Waterford, last year. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Eirgrid’s plan for essential upgrading of the national electricity power grid is attracting stiff opposition from communities living near the p(...)

No one seems interested in the fact that poor people cannot afford to buy real food. Photograph: Getty Images

The numbers of people with serious health problems such as cancer, obesity and diabetes are increasing at an alarming rate. A report from the I(...)

Canada has reported the first case in North America of a form of bird flu that has killed hundreds of people over the past decade. The person had trav(...)

The health sector, the education system, local authorities and other public sector organisations need to be targeted by disadvantaged groups.

The year began with “hard-hitting anti-smoking adverts from the HSE”. Dr Stephanie O’Keefe, HSE national director of Health and Wellbeing, hopes the a(...)