By the early 20th century the syringe was in higher demand and eventually became a key tool of vaccine delivery

Needles make me squeamish. I don’t think I’m alone. This is only one of the many reasons that I did not become a doctor. But needles are very useful t(...)

Ambulances outside the emergency department entrance of Craigavon area hospital in Co Armagh. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A further 19 people with Covid-19 have died in Northern Ireland, the North’s Department of Health (DoH) said on Monday. It brings the total number of(...)

A couple pose for a friend’s photograph as they hold a sparkler in front of the London Eye, in what would normally be a ticket-only area filled to capacity waiting for the annual fireworks display, on December 31st in London. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

The United Kingdom recorded 55,892 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday and 964 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the virus, according to officia(...)

People look at the lights in Irving Street off Leicester Square in a quiet central London as Cvoid-19 case rates rise in all regions of England. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/ PA Wire

Pressure is growing for the toughest coronavirus restrictions to be expanded across Britain in the face of increasing strain on hospitals in England w(...)

Medical staff return a bed to an ambulance at Antrim Area Hospital, Co Antrim, on Tuesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

As if a novel and mutating virus was not threat enough, old political unsayables are part of the public health crisis in Northern Ireland. With a popu(...)

A woman wearing a face mask leaves a shop in Belfast city centre as businesses across Northern Ireland reopened their doors following a two-week circuit-breaker lockdown last Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The “logical decision” is that Northern Ireland should go into another four weeks of lockdown now, the chairman of the Northern Ireland branch of the (...)

Arlene Foster said while Ministers did not want to introduce further restrictions   ‘it was necessary, unfortunately, to protect our health service’.  File photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The North’s First Minister has defended the decision to introduce tough new lockdown measures to limit the spread of coronavirus only a week after les(...)

Dr Tom Black, pictured in Derry, said the decision by politicians to relax restrictions gave a message to health workers: ‘we are abandoning you’. File photograph: Trevor McBride

The North’s Minister for Health has warned that lifting Covid-19 restrictions is a “gamble” and further measures will be needed “probably” before Chri(...)

Socially distance markings on a shop wall in Derry on November 5th. Photograph: Paul Faith/Bloomberg

Talks are due to resume on Thursday between Northern Ireland’s ministers after they again failed to reach agreement over whether or not to extend the (...)

The Dying with Dignity Bill is now in the committee stage where it will be subject to further scrutiny. Photograph: iStock

Last month the Dying with Dignity Bill 2020, which aims to legalise assisted dying/suicide in Ireland, passed the second stage in the Dáil and it now (...)

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