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Prof Rose Anne Kenny of Trinity College Dublin called on the Government last May to immediately advise people to take the vitamin supplement during the pandemic. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

People have “nothing to lose”, and much to gain, by taking vitamin D supplements as protection during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new paper (...)

Vitamin D deficiency is common in Ireland and is most prevalent with age, obesity, in men, in ethnic minorities, in people with diabetes, hypertension and in nursing homes.

The Government should immediately change recommendations for vitamin D supplements as a matter of urgency by urging all adults to take them during the(...)

Spain’s King Felipe signs a decree to dissolve parliament and call new elections during a meeting with parliamentary speaker Patxi Lopez at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. Photograph: Courtesy of Casa de S.M. el Rey/Handout via Reuters

King Felipe has dissolved Spain’s parliament and called fresh elections for June, after four months of political limbo during which parties failed to (...)

 Spanish king Felipe VI (left)  with the leader of left-wing  party Podemos, Pablo Iglesia. Photograph: Angel Diaz /AFP/Getty Images

After a month of deadlock in Spain following inconclusive elections, the anti-austerity party Podemos has seized the initiative by proposing the form(...)

Neither the old guard nor the new wave of Spanish politics has cause for complacency after last Sunday’s elections to the autonomous government of And(...)