An Oireachtas committee this week recommended a ban on vending machines which dispense junk food in schools. Photograph: iStock

Sausage rolls, chips, mini-pizzas, Danish pastries and cookies. They are just some of the staples on the menus of most secondary school canteens today(...)

Research by the Irish Heart Foundation has found that half of Irish schools  had vending machines. File photograph: iStock

Vending machines which dispense junk foods and sugary drinks in schools should be banned, according to an Oireachtas education committee report. It a(...)

Up to 50 per cent of people over 50 have high blood pressure, two-third of whom either don’t know they have it or don’t make an effort to control it

1) What exactly is high blood pressure? Blood pressure is the measurement of how strongly blood presses against the walls of your arteries as it is pu(...)

The statins industry rests on the unproven cholesterol hypothesis: that eating saturated fat raises blood cholesterol concentrations, which clogs coronary arteries, inducing CVD.

In 2016, when Ireland’s State-funded sector spent almost €50 million on cholesterol-lowering statins – the world’s most prescribed drug – was the mone(...)

Naoimh Tuohy: ‘It’s such an energetic, brilliant event with all these women running together’

Naoimh Tuohy’s son had just completed his first week of junior infants when he collapsed suddenly in September 2016. It was a Sunday morning and Tuohy(...)

The Government has estimated the tax on sugar sweetened drinks will yield about €40 million in a full year. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The introduction of a sugar sweetened drink tax in the Republic has been heralded in some quarters as the “most important day yet in fight against chi(...)

“In terms of the increase of fast-food outlets, Ireland came second to the United States in a list of 26 developed countries.”  Photograph: Getty images

The State is failing to protect Irish children’s health by leaving them open to “manipulation” by online advertising from junk food and fizzy drink ma(...)

Mocha mountain: paper coffee cups wait to be recycled at James Cropper’s specialist recycling plant in Kendal, UK. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

In numbers: Easter egg rising 23 Percentage rise in Easter-related chocolate product launches this year compared with last, according to market rese(...)

Chinese ready meals can be high in salt, sulphites and aspartame. Photograph: iStock

When it comes to food labels, you are pretty much guaranteed that scrutinising them will yield a few revelations. So it was with Chinese ready meals. (...)

Gavin Kelly, chief executive of Retail Ireland at Bank of Ireland, with Ava Aspell, Mateusz Kluczynski and Lauren O’Rourke,  from Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin, Rathangan in Co Kildare.

Bank of Ireland is to ditch its logo on two provincial rugby jerseys to help raise funds for the Irish Heart Foundation. The bank, which sponsors bo(...)

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