John Joyce of Foxford, Co Mayo, is terminally ill with cancer and receiving palliative care: “I thought ‘Okay, I’m dead’. I thought I was gone.” Photograph: Keith Heneghan

John Joyce has lived with dying for more than a decade, since he was first diagnosed with cancer. Today, he is quietly helping to train nursing staff (...)

The study found that restrictions on older people introduced to limit the spread of Covid-19 and protect health led to increased social isolation, exclusion, loneliness and boredom. Photograph: iStock

A new study has found that that “there has been an eclipsing of older people in the pandemic; their voices have been minimised and support systems imp(...)

Dublin’s urban parks have been credited with improving people’s physical and mental health during Covid-19 lockdowns in research from Dublin City University (DCU) and Dublin City Council. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin’s urban parks have been credited with improving people’s physical and mental health during Covid-19 lockdowns in research from Dublin City Univ(...)

‘We want spiritual care to be at the forefront and included in the education and training of nurses,’ the conference was told. Photograph: iStock

There was a striking juxtaposition of events recently when, at the same time concerns about the potential influence of Catholic ethos on the proposed (...)

One in three young people surveyed said they gained weight during lockdown. Photograph: Cate Gillon/Getty Image

Eating and snacking more was common during the Covid-19 lockdown, with almost one in three people reporting weight gain, according to the findings of (...)

Alternative media in Turkey, the politics of fear in America, health communication, dance therapy for dementia sufferers, the impact of Brexit on muse(...)

Naomi Donaldson, Ellen McEvoy, Moira McLoughlin and Deirdre Daly at the launch of Messages for Mothers. Photograph: Mark Monahan

“Motherhood is an amazing, overwhelming experience but new mothers are bombarded daily by inaccurate information on social media which heaps on the pr(...)

Pumped breast milk may not deliver the benefits of the sugars that arrive in breast milk straight from the source. Photograph: iStock

In the earliest days after birth, millions of bacteria make their home in a baby’s body – in the skin, mouth and especially the gut. These immigrants (...)

Prof Helen Whelton believes Ireland’s hospitals need to be scaled up. File photograph: Alan Betson

Prof Helen Whelton believes in the power of research to improve people’s lives and boost the economy. So much so, in fact, that she argues research in(...)

Research by DCU’s Dr Carol Barron and her research assistant, Tiziana Soverino, appears in the “Journal of the History of Dentistry”.

If you found a live frog in your mouth in 19th or 20th century Ireland, it probably wasn’t a kiss attempt gone awry. You were just probably trying to (...)

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