Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

Social network Facebook is to make new data available to researchers who are tracking and fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The new data tools coul(...)

Li Wenliang: reprimanded by police and made to sign a confession and agreement to not commit any more “illegal actions”. He later contracted the virus and died.

China has exonerated a whistleblowing doctor who police reprimanded for warning about the early spread of the coronavirus in Wuhan and later died of t(...)

A hand-washing demonstration to prevent the spread of coronavirus at a medical centre in California. Photograph: Alex Welsh/The New York Times

Are you washing your hands correctly? While most Irish people have become much more focused when it comes to hand hygiene in recent days as fears over(...)

To wash your hands properly lather your hands, including the backs, between your fingers, and under your nails and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Photograph: Getty

There are a number of steps people can take to protect themselves from the new coronavirus (also known as Covid-19). Perhaps the most crucial is regul(...)

Lara Spirit, co-founder of London-based group Vote For Your Future, set up to encourage young people to register to vote.  Photograph: Simon Carswell

“Brilliant,” says Londoner Rachel Annandale (25), reacting to the ruling by Scotland’s highest civil court that Boris Johnson’s five-week prorogation (...)

Researchers said alcohol is generally perceived as being far less harmful than smoking, despite being directly linked to several different types of cancer. Photograph: iStock

Drinking a bottle of wine per week increases the lifetime risk of cancer by the equivalent of smoking five to 10 cigarettes, research suggests. For w(...)

“Anxiety symptoms are commonly experienced in the years preceding a dementia diagnosis and have been associated with cognitive impairment,” write researchers from the University of Southampton and University College London. Illustration: iStock

People who suffer from moderate to severe anxiety during middle age could be more likely to develop dementia in later life, researchers in the UK have(...)

Coffee is ‘more likely to benefit health than harm,’ a new review has found. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Early risers will be happy to hear that drinking more coffee isn’t necessarily a bad thing, following research which has found that three to four cups(...)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for Manchester United. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Standing on Dollymount Strand on a gorgeously warm end-of-summer Saturday afternoon I get a text message from a colleague which drains the colour from(...)

Bin charges: almost all Ireland’s waste is collected by private companies. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There is a recurring story in Don DeLillo’s masterful novel Underworld about a ship carrying toxic waste. This “ghost ship” sails the world in its des(...)

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