E.coli: the risks of antimicrobial resistance are  further complicated by the lack of development of new antibiotics by pharmaceutical companies. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Antimicrobial resistance – the ability of bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites to resist the effects of a medicine that could previously treat t(...)

Prof Mark Woolhouse of the University of Edinburgh said prescribing practices needed to change. “We need to start to use antibiotics more wisely before it’s too late.”

If you are tired of trying to remember to complete every course of antibiotics your doctor prescribes then the good news is you may not need to. A t(...)

  Dr Noelle Higgins   Maynooth University, Eileen Barrington senior counsel, Dr Adrienne Foran and  Dr Peter McParland- National Maternity Hospital, at the second meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

New ante-natal screenings which can detect chromosomal disorders such as Down Syndrome pose ethical issues for society, the Citizens’ Assembly has bee(...)