Graphic from a study of tree and canopy cover across Dublin. Image: UCD School of Geography

Living in a leafy suburb may do more than just boost property prices, as a new study has found that having more trees in urban areas can help to reduc(...)

Former Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power has been appointed chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society. Ms Power ran unsuccessfully for a Dáil seat (...)

Paula Radcliffe: despite being diagnosed with asthma at the age of 14, Radcliffe holds the current women’s marathon world record of 2:15:25, which she set  at the 2003 London Marathon. Photograph:  Chris McGrath, Getty Images

The current women’s marathon world record of 2:15:25 was set by Paula Radcliffe at the 2003 London Marathon. Radcliffe was diagnosed with asthma at th(...)

Jules McDermott and Leon McDowell at the launch of the first Bubble Day fundraiser

How often do you think about the air you breathe? If it is not causing you problems, then it probably doesn’t cross your mind. But if you have asthma (...)

Leading charities have called for an end to the current two-tier mix of private and public health systems as part of reforms to create universal healthcare. Photograph: Thinkstock

Leading charities have called for an end to the current two-tier mix of private and public health systems as part of reforms to create universal healt(...)

 More than 470,000 people in Ireland – one in 10 adults and one in five children – suffer from the chronic respiratory condition, the fourth-highest rate in the world.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Asthma Society of Ireland has called for more air quality monitoring as part of its 2015 Clean Air Campaign. It says Ireland is falling behind Eur(...)

Foynes port. The designation last month of Ireland as a smokeless zone has meant the CPL can now proceed with its plans for a €22m plant for manufacturing low-smoke coal in Foynes, Co Limerick.

An extra 60 new jobs have been announced by a leading manufacturer of smokeless solid fuel products for the domestic heating market. The jobs will be(...)

Air pollution levels in smaller towns not covered by the ban on ‘smoky’ coal in Dublin exceed accepted EU limits, research says.  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Asthma Society of Ireland has been to the fore in campaigning for a national coal ban for decades. Emeritus board member Ann Robinson, from Ennisc(...)

One disease I had not associated with stigma until recently is asthma, primarily because no one I have treated with the illness had ever expressed feelings of embarrassment

Some medical conditions are embarrassing for most sufferers. Haemorrhoids, erectile dysfunction and any kind of incontinence definitely fall into t(...)

Diseases of the respiratory system are relatively common. Many viruses are spread by droplets in the air, and find a ready home in our throat and l(...)

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