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We know people with mental illness are less likely to access healthcare and public health advice. But the statistic in this US study are seismic. Photograph: iStock

The novel coronavirus, Sars-CoV-2, has brought us on many unexpected journeys. In narrow medical terms, loss of taste and smell, inflammation of the h(...)

US president Donald Trump, first lay Melania Trump and their son, Barron, at the White House on  August 27th. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Barron Trump, the US president’s youngest son, tested positive for coronavirus after his parents did earlier this month, Melania Trump, the first lady(...)

Robert E Lee: known bitterly as the greatest Yankee-killer of all time, he died 150 years ago in October 1870

On the afternoon of April 9th, 1865, Robert Edward Lee, the recently appointed general-in-chief of the armies of the Confederate States of America, su(...)

Stephen Miller, who has served as a policy adviser and speechwriter for Mr Trump,was among the most ardent defenders of the administration’s policy to separate children from parents. File photograph: Chris Kleponis/EPA

Stephen Miller, a top aide to Donald Trump, has tested positive for Covid-19, joining a growing list of figures close to the president who have contra(...)

Arriving in Cork in October 1845, Frederick Douglass gave a series of well-attended lectures including one at Cork City Courthouse. He also met temperance campaigner Fr Theobald Mathew, who also supported abolitionism. Image: Getty

Campaigners seeking to have a street in Cork named after anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass are hopeful of success as an online petition to ho(...)

Donald Trump’s doctor, Sean Conley, has refused to give a time frame for his release from hospital after his infection with Covid-19. Photograph: Live screengrab

White House physician Sean Conley has said the president “is doing well” as he provided a first substantive update on the health of President Donald T(...)

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney: ‘The maker of a smartphone does not have the right to dictate the terms of our lives and our businesses.’ Photograph: Rachel Luna/Getty Images

By his own admission, Tim Sweeney is not a great Fortnite player. When the founder and chief of Epic Games, which created the blockbuster online shoo(...)

Sir Bernard and Lady Docker. Known by the gossip columns as “Naughty Norah”, she married three millionaires and spent their money with relish. Photograph: Getty Images

Many years ago, my mother went through a brief phase of inventing words and expressions. “He was hyrannical,” she would say, to describe someone who h(...)

Flood protection barrier at Laytown beach, Co Meath. Photograph: iStock

Coastal flooding across the world is set to rise by almost 50 per cent due to climate change in the next 80 years, endangering many millions of people(...)

Larry Kelly at the New Jewish Home in Manhattan on July 14th. Larry got the virus just as the pandemic hit New York, and his personal catastrophe mirrors the city’s. The worst may be behind him but the wreckage is not. Photograph: Heather Sten/The New York Times

On Saturday, March 28th, Dawn Kelly got the phone call summoning her to the hospital to say goodbye to her husband, Larry. A palliative care social wo(...)

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