The natural world in all its glory – but does a product labelled as ‘natural’ automatically equate to healthy?

Anthrax, asbestos, arsenic, mercury, cyanide, formaldehyde: what are the two things they all have in common? Yes, they’re all indeed very dangerous, i(...)

Getting your child to eat vegetables can be challenging – but not impossible if you adopt the right approach. Photograph:  Getty Images

Tears and tantrums at mealtimes are a regular occurrence in many households – but this is often just the parents as they try every tactic to coerce th(...)

There is confusion with titles in many areas of the health sector. Photograph: Thinkstock

What’s in a name? Quite a lot it turns out. Earlier this month, at a fitness to practise hearing, it was reported that consultant radiologist Dr Dawa(...)

We all need to be frying less, and at lower temperatures. Photograph: Thinkstock

All fats are equal when it comes to the amount of calories they provide, but they’re far from equal in their effects on our bodies. So although fat is(...)

Ideally, all prospective parents should seek professional health screening at least six months prior to a planned pregnancy.  Photograph: iStockphoto

Preconception care is where it’s at today for men and women wanting to have a healthy baby. What’s more, the nutritional status of a mother can have l(...)

1 Walk or cycle to school Build physical activity into children’s daily routine to meet the 60 minutes recommended by the National Guidelines on (...)

Most people are well aware of the risks of the bone-thinning disease, osteoporosis, but few have ever heard of sarcopenia, a related and equall(...)

 Kathleen Airey and her son Daniel: Kathleen helps manage Daniel’s health conditions through a healthy diet. Photographs:  David Sleator

On January 29th, 2010, Jason Behan was born four months prematurely. His unexpected arrival meant the tiny boy weighed in at just 1lb 4oz and, (...)

Since 2007 despite the recession we’ve been spending more and more on vitamins. Last year we spent almost €16 million and Euromonitor expects o(...)