One of the world’s oldest and most respected medical journals, The Lancet, endorsed a plant-based diet as the best choice for human health and planetary health. Photograph: iStock

Myself and Dave have been eating a wholefood plant-based diet for more than 16 years. We had grown up as meat-eating, dairy-swilling jocks and ate wha(...)

Having a pet has good and bad sides, and it may not be for everyone. Which means we have a duty to think carefully before acquiring one. Photograph: iStock

My childhood dog was called Biff. Biff was a handful. He was a loud, cocky Shetland sheepdog who oozed bravado and bravery. Yet, underneath it all, he(...)

Public health officials for years have urged people to limit consumption of red meat and processed meats because of concerns that these foods are link(...)

Scientists warn   children should drink less than a cup of 100 per cent juice per day – and that none at all is a better choice. Photograph: iStock

A panel of scientists issued new nutritional guidelines for children recently, describing in detail what they should be allowed to drink in the first (...)

Green is good: a housing estate in Maynooth, Co Kildare, demonstrates the look of  tree cover. Among other benefits trees can protect against air and noise pollution

There is a justifiable push to build more housing, but this pressure should not ignore the benefits of greenery residential areas. Not only for aesthe(...)

New international guidelines, that question the benefits of low-dose aspirin to prevent first-time heart attack, rely on research by an Irish expert. (...)

 Study: Two or more diet drinks a day increase the risk of stroke, heart disease and the chances of  an early death. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Two or more diet drinks a day increase the risk of stroke, heart disease and the likelihood of an early death, research suggests. A large study invol(...)

Are your tastebuds salivating at the thought of the first Roses or Quality Street passing your lips since this time last year? Photograph: iStock

Are you getting in shape for the annual guzzlefest that is Christmas? Are your tastebuds salivating at the thought of the first Roses or Quality Stree(...)

Amarin chief executive John Thero: detailed results for fish-oil drug Vascepa confirm initial figures for its success

Amarin, a one-drug Irish company, will discover the market’s verdict on its prospects Monday after presenting detailed data on a very successful clini(...)

Salt may not be as damaging to health as is usually claimed, according to a controversial new study which suggests campaigns to persuade people to cut(...)

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