‘All the focus has been on older people and perhaps we have been neglecting the impact of loneliness and isolation on our younger people,’ consultant psychiatrist at St James’s hospital, Prof Brian Lawlor said. Photograph: iStock

Loneliness is increasing more among 18 to 34 year olds than for any other age group and is emerging as a “very serious public health issue”, according(...)

Used vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. File photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty

Norway has expressed increasing concern about the safety of the Pfizer Inc vaccine for elderly people with serious underlying health conditions after (...)

Ireland’s official Covid tracker app. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The practice of contact tracing was pioneered by Asian countries before being adopted in Europe. It has been particularly effective in Japan and South(...)

Ciara Fennell and Shane Linnie outside their tent in Dublin city centre. Photograph:  Damien Eagers

The number sleeping rough in Dublin fell to just 25 in March, but is now over 100 a night. With many services closed by the pandemic, their plight (...)

Report’s co-author, Dr Helen McAvoy,  said the frequency of sunburn was concerning and showed a need for focused action and research on skin cancer prevention. Photograph: iStock

Nearly 90 per cent of Irish young people have experienced sunburn in their lifetime, thereby potentially putting themselves at risk of developing skin(...)

Side view of a young businessman texting on the cellphone.

In late March, as large swathes of Europe locked down, Belgian authorities wanted to know if movement restrictions were being obeyed enough to slow th(...)

  Prof Shane O’Mara (TCD), Prof Roger O’Sullivan (Institute of Public Health), and Vanda Cummins (HSE) at the Institute of Public Health conference on physical activity in older people in Dublin. Photograph: Justin Farrelly

Older people across Ireland need to be encouraged and given opportunities to partake in strength and conditioning exercises, according to health profe(...)

‘One in four children on the island of Ireland are overweight or obese’. Photograph: iStock

It is estimated that more that 85,000 children will die prematurely due to of childhood obesity and overweight, new research shows. The Safefood Irel(...)

A lack of exercise, smoking and excessive drinking are risk factors for dementia and type II diabetes.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

People with type II diabetes are between two and three times more likely to get dementia, a new report suggests. Researchers are now examining whethe(...)

A shrine on the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway, where    babies and toddlers were found buried. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

It’s the details of the stories that shock: children growing up in institutions in grinding poverty, vulnerable youngsters damaged or dead after falli(...)

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