For treatments to be successful, early stages preceding full onset of Alzheimer’s need to be targeted. Illustration: iStock

A blood test that can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages, and can also predict how the disease will progress, has been developed by rese(...)

 Tina Roche of the Community Foundation for Ireland, centre, with businesswoman  Norah Casey,  and Mark Prentice of Bord Gáis Energy. Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Female philanthropists who want to give their children a sense of the responsibility that goes with wealth and to make them more socially engaged are (...)

Dying: breaking a taboo

A survey by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) highlights people’s concerns around end-of-life issues. It found that most people want to be pain-free,(...)

“We have the right to have a say in our care...including at the end of life.” Photograph: Getty Images

As citizens and as a society we need to break the taboo that surrounds death, Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness has said. Giving the Mary Holland Comm(...)

About 30,000 people die in the State every year.

Funeral directors have urged the Government to restore the bereavement grant abolished in 2014 as a cost-cutting measure. The Irish Association of F(...)

Sharon Foley, chief executive of the Irish Hospice Foundation, received a salary of just under €112,000 in 2016. Photograph: Alan Betson

Income at the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has fallen by almost 6.4 per cent to €4.55 million. The drop is due to a reduction in contributions from (...)

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) calls for the government to show that bereavement, palliative care, end-of life issues are priority areas for policy development and investment. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

The Government has been urged to develop a national strategy on palliative care, end-of-life issues and bereavement to include both health and non-hea(...)

A new report   published by the  HSE  earlier this year  was developed “to improve and standardise bereavement care provided to families in the aftermath of a maternal death”. Photograph: Getty

While all untimely deaths are tragic, the death of a new mother in pregnancy or the post-natal period carries a particular poignancy. The tragedy is f(...)

Emma McHugh with her son Matthew: “The hardest thing is watching his skills being taken away. He had so much when he was younger and now, bit by bit, it is being sucked out of him.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mother-of-two Emma McHugh had never heard of the LauraLynn children’s hospice in south Dublin before her eldest child was referred there for respite c(...)

By the end of 2016, Atlantic Philanthropies had donated more than €7.6 billion globally, including €1.5 billion in Ireland. Among the biggest recipi(...)

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