Aoife Abbey:  author of Seven Signs of Life. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There are few jobs that place you on the frontiers of human existence: midwives see lives into the world, undertakers oversee their departure. In betw(...)

A late 19th-century American advertisement for Cocaine Toothache Drops promises “Instantaneous Cure!” (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

When cocaine was first lauded as an anaesthetic in the 1880s, its use as an ingredient in medicines and proprietary “tonics” quickly followed. And unt(...)

A woman enjoying the use of her Vibro-Slim, a vibrating slimming machine. Photograph: Henry Guttmann/Getty

Conflicting claims for different weight-loss regimes are no modern phenomenon. Another foray into the archives shows that diet fads and the search for(...)

First recognised in 1808, and erroneously associated with leprosy until the 1840s, psoriasis is a skin condition that continues to defy treatment for (...)

At a time when life expectancy was far lower, many column inches in The Irish Times were dedicated to the topic of longevity. Photograph: Print Collector/Getty Images

It is now possible that the majority of children born today will become centenarians, while the prospect of living 120 years may be realistic, accordi(...)

Recruiters in London warned this week that the city is “haemorrhaging talent” as a result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, with the (...)

Asenior medic warned when 60 per cent of doctors signed undated resignation letters they would decide on whether to leave the NHS.  Photograph: Thinkstock

As many as one-tenth of GP practices are expected to close in Northern Ireland this year, a doctors’ union warned. Dr Tom Black called for an additio(...)

A comprehensive report on organ donation in Ireland was  published by the Oireachtas committee in September 2013.

A year ago the then Minister for Health Leo Varadkar announced during Organ Donor Awareness Week that the Department of Health was working on legislat(...)

Ibuprofen provides meagre benefit for back pain, according to a new study. Photograph: Thinkstock

Common drugs used to treat back pain only provide meagre benefits that are outweighed by the side effects, scientists have warned. A new study sugges(...)

The GP will kick off with an open question like: “What brings you here today?”

Going to the GP can be a stressful experience: the phone’s engaged for ages, the receptionists are scary as hell and securing an appointment this side(...)

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