A healthy weight, diet, not smoking and weight-bearing exercise are all part of maintaining healthy bones in your 40s. Photograph: iStock

It is Health Season in The Irish Times. In print and online, we will be offering encouragement and inspiration to help us all improve our ph(...)

According to the 2021 Healthy Ireland survey, almost three out of 10 people  reported that their weight had increased during the pandemic

From heart to eyes, weight, skin, mental health and teeth, the pandemic has affected our bodies significantly From the so-called “Covid stone” t(...)

Report found that teenagers who experimented with e-cigarettes were at an increased risk of becoming cigarette smokers. Photograph: iStock

Shannon D’Arcy (20), from Palmerstown, Co Dublin, started smoking when she was 17. “I was with my friends and I just said, I’ll have one, and it just (...)

The pandemic ‘disrupted every single part of the cancer care continuum from screening to diagnostics to treatment and end-of-life care,’ Averil Power said. Photograph: iStock

Higher numbers of late-stage cancers are being diagnosed as a result of screening delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish Cancer Society has(...)

Students protest in Dublin demanding action on the climate crisis in 2019.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Climate activists are planning to hold demonstrations in a number of Irish cities to call for further action to tackle the climate crisis, while a key(...)

‘The World Health Organisation predicted Ireland was on course to become the country with the highest obesity rate in Europe even before the pandemic sparked an increase in junk food consumption and reduced physical activity levels,” according to IHF director of advocacy Chris Macey.

Budget 2022 delivered “a triple whammy against children’s health”, according to the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) which pointed to what it regards as a(...)

Smog caused by burning coal and peat fires pollutes the air over a housing estate in Dublin back in 1988. Photograph: Tom Stoddart/Getty Images

The banning of smoky fuels through the imposition of stricter domestic solid fuels standards as announced earlier this week by Minister for the Enviro(...)

A young diabetic patient checking his blood sugar levels on a glucose meter, or glaucometer with the support of his mother. This boy has his medical testing devices and insulin syringe (pen) on the table in front of him. He is writing in his journal or diary to record his levels.

Up to five children and teenagers a week in Ireland are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and, increasingly, it is not being spotted early enough to avoi(...)

The cardiac rehab waiting list for heart attack, stroke and heart failure patients has increased by 54 per cent since 2013  while staffing levels have plummeted by 40 per cent,” says Irish Heart Foundation. Photograph: Getty

The number of people awaiting cardiac rehabilitation has increased by 54 per cent in the last eight years while the number of staff available to provi(...)

The only existing statutory rules on the marketing of high fat, salt and sugar foods to children are set by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and apply only to broadcast media. Photograph: iStock.

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) will this month incorporate rules for the marketing of high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) foods i(...)

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