It is flu season – or perhaps it is still lurking just around the corner. Either way, influenza is a nasty and potentially dangerous infection, and it(...)

Sisters Margaret and Ann Kennedy at home in Greystones, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

As a woman with congenital rubella syndrome, I would like to discuss vaccinations and speak from experience. My twin sister and I share this same birt(...)

As we grapple with rising rates of antibiotic resistance and the emergence of infections that are effectively untreatable, the focus has naturally been on antibiotic stewardship. Photograph: iStock

The discovery of a new antibiotic is a rare event. Especially one that works in a novel way. Cefiderocol, in a trial published recently in The Lancet(...)

The heavy smog in  New Delhi. It is likely to get worse when millions of residents illuminate their homes with oil lamps and burst firecrackers on Wednesday to celebrate Diwali, the annual festival of lights. Photograph: Getty Images

India’s capital New Delhi was enveloped on Monday in a blanket of thick grey smog that threatens to worsen when millions of residents illuminate their(...)

The World Health Organisation  said that globally, 93 per cent of all children live in environments with air pollution levels above its guidelines. Photograph: Getty Images

More than nine in 10 children around the world are living in areas of toxic air pollution, global health leaders have warned. The World Health Organi(...)

On Friday, in Mountjoy main prison, 227 prisoners were on a protection regime, meaning they are locked up for at least 19 hours a day. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Over half of the prisoners in the country’s biggest prison, Mountjoy, are currently in protection regimes for their own safety due to gang violence. (...)

The new beds at the Central Mental Hospital have been designated for those sent to the hospital from other psychiatric facilities rather than the prison system. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A newly refurbished ward in the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) will not be available for patients from the prison system despite 22 severely ill inmate(...)

Prof Gerardine Doyle: “Vulnerable groups tend to be over-consumers of sugar.” Photograph: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Our relationship with sugar has evolved over the years, but taxing it is nothing new. Indeed, Prof Gerardine Doyle, director of the Michael Smurfit Gr(...)

Flu vaccination: the uptake for the   vaccine has increased over the years, and the onset of the colder weather means that the public are once again encouraged to get it. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Information and arguments surrounding vaccinations for teenagers and adults seem to be everywhere these days. Two in particular – the HPV vaccine for (...)

E.coli: the risks of antimicrobial resistance are  further complicated by the lack of development of new antibiotics by pharmaceutical companies. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Antimicrobial resistance – the ability of bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites to resist the effects of a medicine that could previously treat t(...)

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