‘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(...)

Dementia deaths rose from 739 in 2008 to 2,159 last year. Women were twice as likely as men to die from dementia. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The number of people in Ireland with dementia is forecast to treble in the coming 30 years as the population ages, new figures show. The number of ca(...)

“We need to teach children to programme their brains to self-regulate when faced with stressful situations”

Do you do something every day to look after your mental health? Do you often talk to your children about how they can best manage their thoughts and e(...)

A sugar tax is widely expected to be introduced in the budget. Photograph: Getty Images

One in three young people are drinking sugar sweetened drinks on a near daily basis, according to new research. More than 411 million litres of sugar(...)

 Helen Stokes and Chardonnay McDonagh at St Margaret’s Traveller Housing scheme in Ballymun. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A picture really is worth a thousand words. A few weeks ago The Irish Times published this photograph of a Traveller woman, aged 67, and her granddau(...)

New law prohibiting smoking in cars came into effect this January. Photograph: Getty Images

Up to a fifth of children and young people were exposed to second-hand smoke from adults in cars before a ban was introduced earlier this year, accord(...)

Education costs: Is it fair for most parents to struggle to fund their children’s education, while a substantial number of parents accept child benefit yet fail to keep their side of the bargain, which is to ensure their children become contributors to society? I think not. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The best proposal in A Programme for Partnership Government is the intention to address school attendance. “We will reform the monitoring of child b(...)

Ireland’s 30-somethings have happily opted for higher density apartment living and the ‘European’ lifestyles this generates. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Future housing is not just about bricks and mortar, it provides the fabric of our urban and rural communities.When research predicting today’s housing(...)

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