Li Ganjie,  China’s minister for the environment: has promised a “fundamental improvement” in the environment by 2035. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Cleaning up China’s notorious pollution was a major struggle, but environment protection minister Li Ganjie has urged people to be patient and said he(...)

The Irish Pharmacy Union has confirmed 78,935 people were vaccinated across 762 pharmacies in the 2016/2017 flu season. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The Health Service Executive is bracing itself for a winter flu crisis, following signals that existing vaccines may be unable to cope with new strain(...)

The appointment of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe as WHO “goodwill ambassador” has been widely criticised. Photograph: Reuters

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has been removed as a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador after his appointment was greeted with outrage (...)

The Sunbed Association, a  body representing sunbed salons in the UK and Ireland,  took issue with the connection made between sunbeds and cancer, and challenged Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to produce  evidence of it.  File photograph: Getty Images

You almost have to admire the ballsiness of the Sunbed Association. They came out swinging this week after a Budget Day announcement of a VAT increase(...)

Obesity: A public health crisis

A new report showing the Republic ranks 58th out of 200 countries for its proportion of overweight young people is another reminder of the ongoing pub(...)

Most winter ailments – coughs, colds and sore throats – are likely to settle down with home remedies. Photograph: istock

Every year about this time, the conversations start about how to avoid and/or cope with colds and flu over the winter months. Taking regular exercise,(...)

The Catholic Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Phonsie Cullinan. File photograph: John Mc Elroy

The Catholic Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Phonsie Cullinan, has renewed his attack on the HPV vaccine, despite a warning by the HSE that he is end(...)

Bishop Phonsie Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, says parents are being pressurised into agreeing to have the Gardasil HPV vaccine administered to their daughters.

The controversial Gardasil vaccine against cervical cancer is “only 70 per cent safe”, a Catholic bishop has suggested. Bishop Phonsie Cullinan, Bish(...)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that growing resistance to antibiotics is a “global health emergency”. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Antibiotics: a global emergency

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) latest warning that “antimicrobial resistance is a global health emergency” is one of the starkest it has ever i(...)

 Museum manager Niall Bergin looks over the last stages of the installation of new exhibition Hunger Strike: Ireland 1877-1981 at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. The exhibition charts the use of hunger striking in Irish political culture during pivotal moments in our history.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

On Friday, the official State commemoration of the centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe takes place in Glasnevin cemetery. Ashe, the Easter Rising (...)