Author and arthritis sufferer Ann Marie Healy at her home in Glenamoy, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus

I was born into a family of 16 children, 6 girls and 10 boys (one brother, Thomas Patrick, died when he was seven months old) in the rural village of (...)

Research has found that empowered patients are more likely to manage their conditions better and follow advice and instructions given by medical professionals. Photograph: iStock

Patient empowerment is defined as a process that helps people gain control over their own lives and increases their capacity to act on issues they the(...)

 Elaine Davis: “It’s hard, sometimes I feel like a failure as a mother.”

Elaine Davis, a 42-year-old mother of two young children, has been waiting more than a year for double-hip replacement surgery and has been told she c(...)

Anti-Austerity Alliance People Before Profit TD Ruth Coppinger said the Government was intent on introducing a privately-run scheme which “put profit over the interests of people”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A job scheme contained in the programme for government is “borrowed from the Tory handbook in Britain”, it has been alleged. The Anti-Austerity Alli(...)

Emilie McCarthy at the launch their Why Are We Waiting? campaign. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Emilie McCarthy (22) first started experiencing arthritic symptoms when she started secondary school. “My legs weren’t working properly while walkin(...)

Colleen White (9), Finglas, who suffers from juvenile arthritis, with her mother Rachael at the launch of the Arthritis Ireland Why are we waiting? campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

People suffering with the debilitating condition rheumatoid arthritis have called for the appointment of six new consultants to tackle a waiting list (...)

Paula Dillon with her daughter Elisha: ‘Elisha’s arthritis affects the whole family.’  Photograph: Tomas Tyner, UCC

Elisa Dillon has never had a normal childhood. She has never jumped out of her bed in the morning and raced into her parent’s room. Instead, her mo(...)

Rheumatoid arthritis patients most likely to suffer the severest effects of the condition can be identified early and fast- tracked for treatment, fol(...)

Rosanna Davison: ‘gluten in food should be avoided’.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In 2003, Rosanna Davison was crowned the world’s most beautiful woman when she won Miss World. By 2012, with dad Chris de Burgh’s blessing, Davison(...)

Ronan Murphy and Kevin Doherty: Gazel

We eat off it, sleep in it, wear it, sit on it and work with it. When we’re sick it is part of the apparatus of making us well again and it’s impos(...)