Akira Horiuchi, winner of this year’s Ig Nobel for Medical Education, demonstrates his self-colonoscopy technique during the award ceremony at Harvard University. Photograph: AP

You’ve got to love quirky research. And it doesn’t get any quirkier than the annual Ig Nobel awards, a good-natured parody of the Nobel prizes. They h(...)

Dr Gabriel Scally:  said he only learned of CPL’s outsourcing of Irish smears in recent weeks and that he will compile a supplementary report for Minister for Health Simon Harris once he has investigated this further. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A significant part of the examination of Irish CervicalCheck smear tests by a US company were carried out at a lab where staff were mainly involved in(...)

Dr Gabriel Scally during the launch of the Scally report into the CervicalCheck screening programme on  Wednesday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

CervicalCheck and the HSE were unaware that a contracted US lab outsourced Irish smear tests for testing to other US labs in Texas, Florida, Nevada an(...)

Vicky Phelan leaving Government buildings this afternoon. Photo: Nick Bradshaw

Failures to tell patients fully about their medical histories show that doctors “absolutely” still have a God complex, a representative of the familie(...)

Dr Gabriel Scally yesterday briefed Minister for Health Simon Harris ahead of the publication of his 200-page report on Wednesday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The current cervical cancer controversy came about as a result of a whole system failure, the independent Scally review has found. In a note to (...)

Ohio businessman Ed Crawford, who has emerged as the front-runner to become the next US ambassador to Ireland, at the opening of an Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland. Image: YouTube.

Ohio businessman Edward Crawford is expected to be nominated by the Trump administration as the next US ambassador to Ireland. The Cabinet in Dublin(...)

Virgie Tovar at a pool party in Palm Springs, California. Photograph: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

As a 115kg (18st) woman who refuses to diet, unapologetically wears short shorts and eats tiramisu, I have experienced and witnessed a lot of fatphobi(...)

Burt Reynolds on the set of Deliverance

Burt Reynolds, who has died in Florida at the age of 82, was once the most popular star on the planet. From the mid 1970s to the early 1980s, he appe(...)

 US vice-president Mike Pence has denied he is the author of an anonymous ‘New York Times’ piece. File photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Trump administration officials have scrambled to distance themselves from an anonymous article in the New York Times which claimed that senior White H(...)

Former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy is announced  as a new panellist for Virgin Media Sport. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

You tell Mick McCarthy that the man in the flowery shirt sitting across the way is a judge from Dancing With The Stars. Would he ever be tempted to gi(...)

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