A potential further association between smoking and ED  has not been previously discussed, studied, or acknowledged by the tobacco industry. Photograph: iStock

The cause-and-effect relationships between smoking and conditions such as lung cancer and heart disease are established. But what about smoking and ma(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that trans women should not be allowed to take part in women’s sports. File photograph: Getty

Boris Johnson will welcome German chancellor Olaf Scholz to Downing Street as the war in Ukraine offers the prime minister a chance to shift his focus(...)

Sammy Wilson (DUP), a vocal lockdown critic, tweeted his version of Hark The Herald Angels Sing after fresh Covid-19 restrictions were announced by the Stormont Executive. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A senior DUP MP has been branded “moronic” after adapting a Christmas carol to criticise Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health over Covid-19 curbs. (...)

Northern Ireland Minister of Health Robin Swann: ‘Our view as a department of health is that we should be using all the tools that are in our options to use.’ Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s Minister of Health has called for the phased introduction of mandatory vaccine passports in the North. Robin Swann’s proposal come(...)

The chief executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said it was ‘exceptionally close’ to declaring a major incident alert, as the health service in Northern Ireland was ‘on the edge’. Photograph: iStock

Stormont is facing renewed calls to introduce vaccine passports after escalating pressures on the health system saw ambulances diverted away from a ma(...)

The main entrance to Craigavon Area Hospital. In Northern Ireland, hospitals have in the past week been at more than 100% occupancy. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Medics have expressed concern ahead of the further relaxation of coronavirus regulations in Northern Ireland while infection rates remain high. Night(...)

Alliance Party’s Kellie Armstrong said she believes  relaxation of restrictions has moved too far and too fast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/ PA Wire

Halloween night could become a “super-spreader event” for young people in Northern Ireland who have not received a Covid vaccination, an MLA has warne(...)

Robin Swann, Minister for Health, told the Stormont Assembly on Friday  that the North’s hospitals had consistently been operating above capacity during the summer and autumn, with many patients on trollies awaiting admission. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Dr Joe McEvoy spent Friday delivering vaccinations not against Covid-19, but as part of the annual flu jab programme; the hope, he says, is that effor(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson  at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland cathedral in Armagh. ‘The numbers of infections are high, but we are within the parameters of what the predictions were. We are sticking with our plan.’ Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Daily coronavirus cases in Britain have risen above 50,000 for the first time since July, but Boris Johnson said he will not bring back compulsory fac(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Paul Givan: ‘Nobody walks up to somebody and says: Are you on medication because of your depression.’ File photograph: PA

Doctors have criticised the North’s First Minister Paul Givan for likening a Covid-19 vaccination passport scheme to demanding someone prove they are (...)

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