Maria Valenzuela: Health worker in Phoenix, Arizona, US

Dr Khine Hay Mar was the only doctor at a hospital in Mese – a town in Myanmar, near the border with Thailand. During her time as the sole physician t(...)

Pope Francis has banned the sale of cigarettes in  the Vatican city state. Photograph: Reuters.

Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year because of health concerns, a spokesman said on Thursday. (...)

Prof Matthew Walker: “Regular sleep – seven to eight hours a night – is the best method to maintain brain and body health. We are the only species which deliberately deprives ourselves of sleep.”

Two-thirds of adults in the developed world don’t get the World Health Organisation’s recommended eight hours’ sleep per night, according to Matthew W(...)

A 2007 report estimated drug-resistant bacteria were responsible for about 25,000 deaths a year in the EU. Photograph: Alan Betson

The convening of a national public health emergency team is a rare event. It means carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE), the newest in a l(...)

“We expected to at least see some moves toward disincentivising diesel use given the growing body of evidence on the damaging impact of its use on our climate and health.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Environment and Science Editor The budget will begin a process of transforming the Irish economy to address climate change, according to the Minister (...)

Bishop Phonsie Cullinan

Minister for Health Simon Harris has sharply criticised as “ignorant”, comments from the Catholic bishop of Waterford and Lismore, which linked the HP(...)

Bacterial species such as E. coli (culture above) cause infections in tens of thousands of patients every year. They have developed resistance to a plethora of first-choice drugs used to treat them. File photograph: Getty Images

Irish scientists have gained key insights into the molecular machinery deployed by two common disease-causing bacteria, including E. coli. This may ma(...)

Experts say gonorrhoea has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Photograph: iStock

At least three people worldwide are infected with totally untreatable “superbug” strains of gonorrhoea which they are likely to be spreading to others(...)

There is an increasing emphasis around the world on a rights-based approach to health and education. Photograph: iStock

There is an increasing emphasis around the world on a rights-based approach to health and education and some European countries have gone as far as to(...)

 A Liberian Red Cross burial team retrieves the body of a suspected victim of Ebola in Banjor, on the outskirts of Monrovia. Photograph: EPA/Ahmed Jallanzo

A person in Democratic Republic of Congo who died of a haemorrhagic fever has tested positive for the Ebola virus, signalling the start of a new outbr(...)

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