A file image showing a  health worker preparing a Covid-19  test. Photograph: EPA

Nearly one in five people who have tested positive for Covid-19 are diagnosed with a mental illness such as anxiety, depression or insomnia within thr(...)

Irish company hVivo is to run the world’s first Covid-19 human challenge trials – in which healthy volunteers are deliberately infected with coronavirus to assess the effectiveness of experimental vaccines.

Irish company hVivo is to run the world’s first Covid-19 human challenge trials – in which healthy volunteers are deliberately infected with coronavir(...)

Felisa Gonzalez looks at her mother, Maria Maillo, through the window during a visit to a nursing home in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

Across Europe, coronavirus has ravaged homes for the elderly, raising questions about why the part of society most vulnerable to the disease was overl(...)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: his book on 12 Victorians   is described  as “a dozen clumsily written pompous schoolboy compositions”. Photograph: Bloomberg

Let’s hope that Jacob Rees-Mogg is keeping his chin – such as it is – up after last week’s critical reaction to his new book. The archest of arch-Brex(...)

Salt may not be as damaging to health as is usually claimed, according to a controversial new study which suggests campaigns to persuade people to cut(...)

Salt warnings should be compulsory for Chinese takeaways and ready meals, health campaigners have said.

Chinese takeaways and ready meals should carry compulsory health warning labels on menus and packaging to alert consumers to “astonishing and harmful”(...)

Prof Peter Hajek: ‘Concerns were expressed that e-cigarettes could be as addictive as conventional cigarettes, but this was not the case.’ Photograph: iStock

Two-thirds of people who try a cigarette go on to become daily smokers, a new study has found. Researchers found 69 per cent of people who had ever t(...)

If Fianna Fáil does not take a position, the public’s perception of the party will be shaped by what Micheál Martin himself does.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Just before the Fianna Fáil ardfheis passed a motion effectively calling for the Eighth Amendment to be retained, delegates were warned about finding (...)

Ógra Fianna Fáil stand at the party’s ardfheis, in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

If there was ever a doubt that Fianna Fáil wanted Leo Varadkar to win the Fine Gael leadership contest, this ardfheis has provided the conclusive answ(...)

Prof Foster said the teaching of Irish history is in an “excellent place” as evidenced by the commemorations of 2016. Photograph: Ianthe Ruthven

For close on half a century Prof Roy Foster has been one of the most significant figures in Irish academia. He is the author of the two volume serie(...)

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