A vaporiser or electronic cigarette is used to inhale vapour made from liquid, concentrate or dry herb and while the practice is widely viewed as less harmful than smoking, it is not without its critics. Photograph: Getty Images

Electronic cigarettes can play a significant role in helping people to give up smoking, though they are not recommended for non-smokers, according to (...)

File photograph of a consultant analysing a mammogram. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The risk of developing breast cancer as a result of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is twice what was previously thought, according to new research (...)

Cancer Research UK has said Britain has hit a devastating high in childhood obesity. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Obese people now outnumber smokers by two to one, Cancer Research UK has warned, as it said obesity causes more cases of some cancers than cigarettes.(...)

Immatics Biotechnologies chairman Peter Chambre and Alkermes director Shane Cooke are to join the board of UDG Healthcare as non-executive directors. Photograph: David Sleator

Healthcare services provider UDG Healthcare has appointed two new non-executive directors to its board. Immatics Biotechnologies chairman Peter Chamb(...)

If you can run 5km fairly easily, consider training for a half-marathon. Photograph: iStock

Twenty seconds “Some people think if they can’t fit in a 60-minute gym routine, there’s no point,” says Steve Kamb, a fitness instructor and the foun(...)

The front of a four-page wraparound advertisement by Philip Morris calling on people to quit smoking for 30 days on the front page of the ‘Daily Mirror’ in London. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

Marlboro cigarette-maker Philip Morris International was accused of “staggering hypocrisy” on Monday after using a four-page newspaper advertisement (...)

A recent UN review predicted a doubling in the consumption of poultry, a 69 per cent increase in beef and a 42 per cent increase in pork by mid-century. Photograph: iStock

Rising global meat consumption is likely to have a devastating environmental impact, scientists have warned. A new major analysis suggests meat consu(...)

A file image of leukemia cells. An over-sterile germ-free environment in the first year of life is one of the major causal factors behind childhood leukaemia, a new study suggests. Image: iStock.

An over-sterile germ-free environment in the first year of life is one of the major causal factors behind childhood leukaemia, a new study suggests. (...)

Sir Paul Nurse speaking after being awarded the inaugural George Sigerson award for ‘inspiring aspiring’ scientists by UCD Biological Society. Photograph: Aoife O’Sullivan

It’s not every day you meet a Nobel prizewinner, and members of UCD Biological Society were clearly excited to have English geneticist and cell biolog(...)

Rewarding good behaviour with sweets. Photograph: iStock

Grandparents are a potential health hazard for children, according to a new report. The research says many spoil their grandchildren with sweets and b(...)

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