Health benefits: “Kids who exercise have better attention spans and can store, retrieve and process information better than those who don’t.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When Prof Niall Moyna of Dublin City University began examining the health condition of inactive teenagers in recent years, he got a shock. The cardio(...)

Revenue has decided to slap VAT from March 1st at the highest rate of 23 per cent on probiotics. And on all health supplements, everything from fish oil to vitamins.

Last October, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed launched a €3.4 million joint research initiative. Nicknamed “Microbe Mom”, it is a collaboration(...)

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy told the Public Accounts Committee that the senior civil servant was bound by a circular. File photograph: Frank Miller

A senior civil servant who sits on the board of the national children’s hospital was obliged to pass on concerns about the project to Government Minis(...)

Minister for Health first promised to introduce HPV testing last autumn. Photograph: Tom Honan

Opposition parties have assailed a “disastrous” Government decision to provide free out-of-cycle screening to women concerned about the CervicalCheck (...)

The HSE owns the site and would also own the building, which it would lease to the charity to run

The State is facing a €10 million-plus bill to provide family accommodation at the national children’s hospital after it declined to give naming right(...)

A view of the construction site of The National Children’s Hospital. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

The Department of Health considered plans to deferring parts of the new national children’s hospital including the helipad, outsourcing the kitchen an(...)

Minister for Health, Simon Harris  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin will table a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Health Simon Harris next week. The party said Mr Harris’s offer to correct the Dái(...)

Tony O’Brien: ‘I’m worried that without intervention we could be looking at the last generation of family doctors.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Former HSE director general Tony O’Brien has accused the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of “corroding public life in Ireland” and chasing “every pass(...)

“The nurses are wrong to link their pay issues with the national children’s hospital overrun – one is a massive one-off, the other an ongoing bill.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There are symptoms – and then there is the underlying disease. This week we have seen the nurses extending their strike action, a big protest by famil(...)

HSE’s chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry “appointments are being ‘pushed out’ further”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Health Service Executive is expected to formally write to the Department of Health setting out its concerns over the delivery of services for pati(...)

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