Rubella – or German measles – was long considered an innocuous childhood infection, causing a trassient rash and swollen glands. Photograph: Milos Bataveljic/Getty Images

Rubella – or German measles – was long considered innocuous. A mild childhood infection among children aged four to nine years, it typically caused a (...)

Prof Brendan Kelly said there was ‘no evidence base’ that any medication would work in the case of gaming addiction. Photograph: iStockphoto

The decision by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to classify gaming addiction as a mental disorder is on balance the correct decision, a psychiatri(...)

The WHO designation may help legitimise worries about video game fans who neglect other parts of their lives.  Photograph: Getty

The World Health Organisation (WHO) will include video “gaming disorder” in a new draft of its International Classification of Diseases to be released(...)

Guidelines in Ireland drawn up in 2015 recommend that HBV testing should be undertaken on both new immigrants from countries with a HBV prevalence of 2 per cent or greater and on immigrant women attending antenatal clinics. Photograph: iStock

In 1956, New York paediatrician Prof Saul Krugman investigated a problem at the Willowbrook State School, Staten Island, home to 4,000 mentally disabl(...)

Sudanese forces fighting alongside the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen gather near the outskirts of the western port city of Hodeidah on Tuesday. Photograph: Najeeb Almahboobi/EPA

A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen’s main port city on Wednesday in the largest battle of the war, aiming to bring the r(...)

Mike Bloomberg at Bloomberg on  Harcourt Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The three-time former mayor of New York City, serial flirter with US presidential bids and 11th richest man in the world has got his emerald tie on. (...)

Michael Bloomberg, right, pictured at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland meeting Dermot Desmond and Prof John Hyland, president of the RCSI. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said he hopes a candidate will emerge two years from now with the skills both to get elected US president(...)

 A child has  her hands washed as a preventive measure against ebola  in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph:  Reuters/Kenny Katombe

The deadly haemorrhagic virus is back. Dozens of cases of ebola have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo since an outbreak began earlier(...)

The abortion drug Mifepristone. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

It is likely to be at least a year before any first-trimester terminations under new legislation will take place here. Before doctors in Ireland can (...)

An International Red Cross Committee staff member walks in front of a quarantine zone at the hospital of Wangata in Mbandaka on Tuesday. Photograph: Junior D Kannah/AFP/Getty Images

Three patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus slipped out of an isolation ward at a hospital in the Congolese city of Mbandaka, an aid group sai(...)

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