Ukrainians light candles at the memorial for ‘liquidators’ who died during cleaning up works after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, during a ceremony in Slavutich city, some 190km north of the capital Kiev on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukraine held memorial services on Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which permanently poisoned swathes of easte(...)

The company said about 5 per cent of its products will be labelled ‘occasional’. These include Dolmio lasange sauces, pesto and carbonara and macaroni oven kits. Photograph: Thinkstock

The company that makes Dolmio pasta sauces and Uncle Ben’s rice has advised consumers to use some of its products just once a week because of high sug(...)

File photo: A mother holds her one-month old daughter, who was born with microcephaly and was exposed to the Zika virus during her mother’s pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Antonio Lacarda/EPA

After several weeks of study and debate, US health officials concluded that infection with the Zika virus during pregnancy causes the birth defect mi(...)

Fiji’s  Vijay Singh. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

Former world number one Vijay Singh says he will skip this summer’s Rio Olympics, citing the Zika virus as the reason. The Fijian told the Golf Chann(...)

More Irish people are a healthy weight now than eight years ago. Photograph: Thinkstock

Obesity is in the news again. The latest global report on obesity trends in 200 countries from 1974 to 2014 was published in the Lancet in early April(...)

Silver surfer is a relatively new ageist term which emphasises hair colour instead of computer skill. Photograph: iStockphoto

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) recently scored an own goal when it published its paper, Housing and Ireland’s Older Population. T(...)

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Last year the World Health Organisation warned that Europe is heading for an explosion in rates of excess body weight and obesity, with Ireland on co(...)

Dr Fiona Ginty Principal scientist in the Life Sciences and Molecular Diagnostics Organization at GE Research Center (GRC) in NYC, working on a cure (...)

Dr Paddy Hillery, IMO NCHD committee, Dr Ray Walley, president of the IMO, and Dr Peadar Gilligan, consultant chairman, prior to a briefing on the health services in the context of the general election. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

What are the health plans of the political parties? In 2011 promoting health and wellbeing was not a priority. Now all parties have included health pr(...)

Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard the papal plane flying from Mexico to Italy on Thursday. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis on Thursday night appeared to suggest that women threatened with the Zika virus could use artificial contraception. The pope made his re(...)