Videogame addiction is officially recognised by the World Health Organisation as a mental health condition

A new study from the CEU Cardenal Herrera University in Spain has found that 11.9 per cent of teenagers (from a group of 64) are “addicted” to videoga(...)

Historically, parental alienation was seen as something that only happened to fathers

The recent decision by the World Health Organisation to recognise parental alienation puts the spotlight on a contentious concept that is little ackno(...)

A Congolese health worker administers ebola vaccine to a child at the Himbi Health Centre in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: Reuters

The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo a public health emergency of international c(...)

Obesity costs the State €1.2 billion a year. Photograph: iStock

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has signed into law the ability of physicians to prescribe cannabis-based drugs for a variety of conditions. N(...)

Dr Muiris Houston: ‘Direct traumatic experiences such as losing a home to a hurricane have mental-health consequences.’ Aasleagh Falls on the Mayo/Galway border.

While on holiday in Western Canada last month I had what you might call my first personal brush with climate change. A day after we left accommodatio(...)

There is one certainty: restricting car use reduces air pollution. Photograph: iStock

Avoiding increasing levels of air pollution in Irish cities and towns is far from easy, given ever increasing volumes of traffic that dominate the urb(...)

 A vial of the MMR vaccine. The State is at risk of losing its status as having eliminated measles. File photograph: Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

The State is at risk of losing its status as having eliminated measles because of sustained low uptake of the MMR vaccine. The World Health Organisa(...)

Benzodiazepine use by women over 65 in Ireland was 40% higher than for men. Photograph: iStock

People over 65 in Ireland are the highest consumers of benzodiazepine medicine in the OECD, according to a new report published on Monday. Benzodiazep(...)

It is a proven scientific fact that vaccines are one of the greatest medical innovations, given their ability to save lives. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Minister for Health Simon Harris has labelled hesitancy around vaccinations “one of the greatest threats to public health”. His view is shared by the (...)

Global survey  revealed  Irish people have a lower than average belief that vaccines are safe. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to establish a “vaccine alliance” of policy makers, patients advocates and clinicians to tackle public concerns ab(...)

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