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A representation of SARS-CoV-2 on display at Oxford University Museum in the UK.

The pandemic is leaving in its wake perhaps millions of patients struggling with long-Covid, a debilitating illness marked by fatigue, malaise after a(...)

In 2019, there were 59,574 births in Ireland, 242 stillbirths and 150 neonatal deaths. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

An official inquiry into stillbirths and neonatal deaths should be considered in order to enhance lessons that could improve care, according to the na(...)

Multi-morbidity is the co-occurrence of two or more chronic diseases.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland has the lowest rate of multi-morbidity across four similarly profiled countries but the highest level of people suffering from osteoporosis, a(...)

Obesity has emerged as a significant risk factor for a severe reaction to coronavirus and admission to intensive care.

One of the patterns that emerged during the Covid-19 crisis was poorer outcomes for overweight or obese patients. This may have come as a surprise to (...)

A mine worker takes water samples from a brine pool at the Albemarle Corp. Lithium mine in Calama, Antofagasta region, Chile. Photograph: Cristobal Olivares/Bloomberg

A global shortage of lithium – the metal mineral crucial for modern rechargeable battery design – may put the brakes on the development of new electri(...)

Much research demonstrates that people’s behaviour, including diet, has a bigger impact on mortality than body size does.

We hear a lot about the worldwide epidemic of obesity and consequent ill-health effects – diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and more. A “norma(...)

The High Court president, Ms Justice Mary Irvine, was told the woman’s condition is deteriorating, but she has clearly said she does not want to die

The HSE has secured court orders permitting, if necessary, sedation and other treatments for a “profoundly malnourished” young woman whose life is at (...)

House-buyer says the  bank’s refusal to let her draw down the mortgage was putting the purchase of the home she is under contract to buy at serious risk.

A bank has refused to release a mortgage loan to a woman seeking to buy a house over an issue connected to her mortgage protection policy. The woman (...)

Padraig Maher, Marie Therese Maher and Barry McCann of Nua Surgical. Photograph: Philip Magowan / PressEye

About 29 million babies are delivered by Caesarean section (C-section) every year, making it the most frequently performed major surgery in the world.(...)

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine: the two injections must be given 21 days apart. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine may be less effective in people with obesity, data suggests. Italian researchers have discovered that healthcare workers (...)

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