Minister for Health Simon Harris has asked the Health Research Board to report on the approach taken by other countries in relation to mandatory vaccination. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health Simon Harris is considering a ban on unvaccinated children attending creches and other forms of pre-school after receiving legal a(...)

Junior minister Catherine Byrne has said Dublin City Council “missed the bigger picture” by not granting planning permission for the State’s first supervised injection centre.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Junior minister Catherine Byrne has said Dublin City Council “missed the bigger picture” by not granting planning permission for the State’s first sup(...)

 Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD at the launch of the 2019/20 schools HPV vaccine programme, the HPV vaccine is now being given to all first year students in secondary school including girls and for the first time, boys. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Proposals to introduce mandatory vaccination schemes in schools may be “challenging to do legally,” according to preliminary advice from the Attorney (...)

By 2031 more than a quarter of a million inhabitants in the State will be aged over 80 years, a departmental review found. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

For decades, the State has been in a demographic sweet spot. Among the raw fuels for Ireland’s economic catch-up phase, which stretched from the early(...)

Prof Declan Devane: ‘Challenge all of your assumptions. Just because something is done a particular way, that doesn’t mean it is the only or the best way’

A lot of your research focuses on evidence in healthcare. Why? “In health, we want everything we do to be backed up by evidence, rather than doing thi(...)

BZRAs work by dampening down communication between brain cells. This results in depressed brain activity, thereby facilitating sleep and reducing anxiety.

Benzodiazepines are a family of drugs used in the short-term treatment of problems with sleep and anxiety. When first approved for use, their potentia(...)

1) A “Virtual Dementia Tour” will be brought to five locations this month as part of Carers Week 2019. The free tour is aimed at providing visitors wi(...)

A total of 1,500 people sought help for cocaine addiction in 2017 – a 32 per cent rise from the 1,138 who sought help the previous year. Six years earlier, in 2011, the number was 770.

The number of people seeking treatment for cocaine addiction increased by over 30 per cent in a year and almost doubled since 2011, figures published (...)

There has been a steady increase in the percentage of people who are already alcohol dependent when they present. Photograph: Eric Luke

Women’s drinking habits are becoming more similar to men’s with more than two-thirds of women who presented to the State’s alcohol treatment services (...)

Failure to use synthesised evidence in healthcare decision-making can be harmful

Readers will be familiar with my use of terms such as systematic review and meta-analysis when describing medical research. They are very much the lin(...)

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