“Plastic security trays, which we all have to handle, were found to have the highest concentration of viruses.” Photograph: iStock

Fingers crossed – early indications are that this won’t be an especially virulent flu season. But there are plenty of other seasonal bugs whose preval(...)

Arthritis is the single biggest cause of disability in Ireland, affecting almost one million people. Photograph: iStock

Pain is one sensation we’ve all shared, yet our experience of it is solitary. As Descartes didn’t say, “I hurt therefore I’m alone”. Pain was defined(...)

The most common virus detected on  security trays was the rhinovirus which causes the common cold. Photograph: i Stock

The plastic security trays handled by virtually everyone who makes their way through an airport play host to the greatest number of viruses, according(...)

In 2014, as evidence mounted about the harmful effects of diesel exhaust on human health, scientists in an Albuquerque, New Mexico, laboratory conduct(...)

This image, captured by a scanning electron microscope, shows T cells (orange) attached to a tumour cell. Innovative treatments harness the ability of T cells to recognize and destroy cancer cells.

An “almost miraculous” therapy for some childhood cancers is emerging; four out of five leukaemia patients have responded positively to it in recent c(...)

An IV bag of Novartis drug, Kymriah. Photograph: AP

Swiss pharmaceuticals group Novartis has said it will charge $475,000 (€400,000) a patient for its new cancer therapy, putting it among the most expen(...)

I didn’t know what “no nasal bone” meant in practice, but I knew it was nothing good. Photograph: Getty Images

“I’m sorry, but I’m just having a bit of trouble locating a nasal bone.” Time slowed down when she said those words. Our bright and easy conversation(...)

A British man with HIV undergoing a pioneering treatment to cure him of the disease has shown “remarkable” progress, doctors have claimed. Scientists(...)

Dr Arthur Cummings: “My next goal is to expand the medical side by having a specialist for every condition.”

For many of us, choosing the career we want to follow is a painstaking sequence of trial and error, leading us eventually to a job in which we thrive.(...)

If women’s anxieties are not identified and dealt with, they can get out of hand. They overthink things, with negative thoughts leading to low self-esteem, which increases the risk of post-natal depression. Photograph: Thinkstock

Physical changes during pregnancy and early motherhood are hard to ignore, from the swelling breasts and enlarging bump to the loosening of ligaments (...)

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