Patients wait to be tested for tuberculosis, at the TB Annex Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: Sally Hayden

For six months, Augustine has scrutinised Beatrice from his isolation ward window. Ensconced on the same wooden bench every day, she cradles their new(...)

GPs and specialist family planning services are concerned that routing a free contraceptive scheme via pharmacies would limit women’s contraceptive choices and risk side-lining some of the most effective methods available, such as hormonal implants or the coil. Photograph: iStock

The Minister for Health’s proposals to introduce a free contraception scheme after the abortion referendum is positive news for everyone. Internationa(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris at the launch of a new national day to recognise the unsung heroes from frontline and emergency services at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The rate of uptake of the cervical cancer vaccine increased by 15 percentage points in the last year, figures from the Health Service Executive (HSE) (...)

 Prof Colin O’Dowd and Dr Jurgita Ovadnevaite of NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The increasing use of solid fuels such as wood chippings and peat products to heat homes is causing “extreme air pollution” in Dublin, scientists at N(...)

Latest WHO report shows most European countries are on track to reach Health 2020 inititiative targets Photograph: iStock

Smoking, drinking, obesity and “under-vaccination” are hindering progress in the field of health in some European countries but there has been a susta(...)

Naked Bacon,  made without cancer-causing nitrites, has been developed by Finnebrogue Artisan in Northern Ireland.

An Irish food-processing company has produced what it claims to be the first rasher in Ireland without nitrite preservatives, which have been linked t(...)

New research conducted by the World Health Organisation shows that in 2016, almost one in three women and 23 per cent of men worldwide were not attaining recommended healthy levels of physical activity. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The wave of obesity sweeping across the developed world shows no signs of abating. Ireland has one of the highest rates in Europe, with one in four ad(...)

Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, hasn’t been having a great few weeks. There was the bizarre – and totally unfounded – tweet callin(...)

The audience at the Schrödinger at 75 conference, organised by Trinity College Dublin at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Direct intervention in the ageing process itself will soon help reduce illnesses associated with getting old, and increase lifespan and quality of liv(...)

Irish women lead substantially less active lives than men and a significant percentage of both genders are at risk of serious disease through a lack o(...)

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