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In one study carried out in primary care, patients appreciated spontaneous humour from their doctors. Photograph: iStock

It being a bank holiday weekend, by tradition this column explores the lighter side of medicine. And what better topic for today than to look at the u(...)

AA Milne, with his son Christopher Robin, and the teddy bear that inspired Winne-the-Pooh, at their home in east Sussex in 1926. Photograph: Howard Coster/Apic/Getty Images

The 2017 film Goodbye Christopher Robin tells the life story (or some of it, at least) of Christopher Robin Milne, son of writer AA Milne and his wife(...)

Irish Life Group saw its profit soar to €272 million last year from €108 million in 2018. Photograph:   Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Irish Life Group paid €234.3 million in dividends to its overseas parent last year, bringing total payments since it was bought from the State during (...)

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau attends a rally in Winnipeg, Canada. Photograph: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, hit by scandals and locked in a near dead-heat ahead of Monday’s election, has taken his campaign on the offen(...)

Timothy Eaton with his son and eventual successor John Craig Eaton in his office at Eaton’s department store, Toronto in  1899. Photograph:  Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Ballymena and its environs has been the birth place of some of our most notable emigrants; from George and Will Millar of the Irish Rovers to movie st(...)

Gillian Ackland enjoying the snow in Calgary

As winter makes its presence felt in Ireland, we decided to ask our readers living in cooler climates what proper cold feels like. Dress appropriately(...)

Brenna Cahill: ‘The thermometer just hit 34 degrees Celsius (it’s 11am). I have never experienced a December like this.’

This week, Irish Times Abroad readers have been telling us how they will be spending Christmas Day, from Puglia in Italy to Bali in Indonesia. Joy Fl(...)

Larissa Waters reacts during a media conference to announce her resignation in Brisbane on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Peled/Reuters

An Australian senator who made international headlines last month for being the first politician to breastfeed their child while speaking in parliamen(...)

The scene where the remains of six infants were found in various states of decomposition in Winnipeg, Canada in 2014. File photograph: Lyle Stafford/Reuters

A Canadian judge found a mother guilty on Monday of concealing the decomposing remains of her six babies in a storage locker. Andrea Giesbrecht, wh(...)

Ebola grabbed global attention in 2014 during an epidemic in West Africa that killed thousands. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A Canadian laboratory worker may have been accidentally exposed to Ebola on Monday while handling pigs infected with the virus as part of an experime(...)

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