Breast milk,could help prevent heart disease by better regulating hormones and growth factors, strengthening the infant’s immune system, reducing inflammation and by possibly improving the metabolism of the child, researchers said. Photograph: iStock

Early use of breast milk could play a “vital role” in preventing heart disease in prematurely born infants, according to research by the Royal College(...)

The Rotunda Hospital says  about 2,400 patients  at the hospital  opted for private care annually, and this generated accommodation income from insured patients of over €11m  annually over recent years

The State will have to double or triple salary levels to remain competitive in recruiting leading obstetricians if it removes private practice from pu(...)

 Leon Keogh of Castletimon Road, Kilmore, Dublin, and his mother Natalie O’Hanlon outside  the High Court where they settled their case against the Rotunda maternity hospital in Dublin over the circumstances of his birth and his care in December, 1991. Photograph: Collins Courts.

A 24-year-old man who had sued the Rotunda Hospital over his care at the time of his birth has settled his High Court action for €3.5million. Leon Ke(...)

The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. A baby pronounced dead minutes after her birth is likely to have died due to a clot in the umbilical cord, an inquest has heard.  File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A baby pronounced dead minutes after her birth is likely to have died due to a clot in the umbilical cord, an inquest has heard. Molly Farren Wrafte(...)

Pregnancy is a normal physiological process and it is okay to be active throughout. Photograph: Thinkstock

If getting up from the sofa to go for a walk around the block involves a battle of willpower at the best of times, pregnancy may seem the perfect excu(...)

Fitness instructor Steph Sinnott: ‘Squats with a weight is fine as long as it’s not too heavy.’

There are misconceptions that cause women to worry that exercise will somehow endanger their pregnancies, says Prof Fergal Malone, chairman of the Roy(...)

The Rotunda’s chief librarian Anne O’Byrne prepares for the exhibition. “All of human life was here,” she says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Easter Monday, 1916. As the bullets ricocheted between the pillars of the GPO on O’Connell Street, you could hear the screaming. No one had been shot(...)

Alison Reede and Neill Carroll pictured with their twin daughters Meghan (left) and Gemma aged 2. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It is a dull Sunday morning in January and, in a hotel conference room in Dublin, men and women are filling their coffee cups and leaving their coats(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Dr Michael Jackson, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin,  are concerned about access to churches on Easter Sunday. Photograph: The Irish Times

Church of Ireland clergy, including Archbishop Michael Jackson, are to meet in Dublin on Friday to discuss ways to address difficulties in accessing (...)

Secondary school students witness a live Caesarean section as part of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s transition year programme. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

‘If you think this is getting a bit bloody or gruesome, or you’re feeling faint, I suggest you step outside,” the gynaecologist warns. There is a s(...)

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