Dr Micky Collins, executive director at University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC): “There is clearly something wrong but we don’t know if concussion is the only variable in some of the scary things we are seeing.”  Photograph: by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

A fundamental disagreement in how brain injuries should be treated exists between leading US experts and what was agreed at last year’s international (...)

“If sub-concussive blows are the problem then there are big implications for the way the game is played. All games.”

A study of rugby playing teenagers has discovered sub-concussive blows can cause brain injury. Trinity College research group, led by Dr Colin Doher(...)

Private hospital group Bon Secours Health System plans to spend almost €160 million on expanding and upgrading its facilities across the Republic.

Private hospital group Bon Secours Health System plans to spend almost €160 million on expanding and upgrading its facilities across the Republic. (...)

Chairman of the GAA’s medical, scientific and welfare committee: We have somebody attending that Berlin conference on behalf of the GAA.” Photograph: Inpho

The GAA will continue to resist any changes to its “if in doubt, take them out” policy on concussion. Revised protocols on concussion are being consi(...)

Billionaire Denis O’Brien

You could be forgiven for thinking that private medical care is not in the best of health these days. Yesterday, Beacon Medical Group took oper(...)

Bank of Ireland yesterday appointed Kieran Wallace of KPMG as receiver to VFM Healthcare Ireland, which trades as St Francis Private Hospital in Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Bank of Ireland has taken control of a private hospital that owed the lender a property-related debt of more than €3 million. (...)

Pupils and parents are reunited following a mass stabbing yesterday at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, a suburb of Pittsburgh, by a student in which 20 students and staff were injured. Photograph: Vincent Pugliese/EPA

An American teenager is in police custody after going on a s(...)

 Denis O’Brien:  was rumoured two weeks ago to have been an under-bidder for a debt associated with the Blackrock Clinic in south Dublin, but this has not been confirmed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Billionaire Denis O’Brien has taken control of the Beacon Private Hospital in Sandyford in Dublin. The(...)

Irish Medical Organisation representatives Eileen Finn, Marian Hendrick, Patricia Kelly Maloney and Eleanor Byrne at the now closed Mount Carmel Hospital, Churchtown, Dublin, after the appointment of a provisional liquidator. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It was a landmark deal of the boom. In July 2006, Kildare developer Gerry Conlan beat all others with a knock-out €50 million bid to buy Mount Carmel (...)

UPMC Beacon Hospital, Sandyford. Like other private hospitals, it has been hit by the declining numbers of people with health cover. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre is in talks with its bankers to restructure company borrowings of more than €100 million relating to the U(...)