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(...)

 St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny. Inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) have made urgent recommendations for change, after its inspectors visited the unit.

The patient consent issue that has arisen at St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny is one of a number of problems affecting its maternity unit. The deaths of (...)

Testosterone levels have been found to be higher in more aggressive males. Photograph: iStock

Reports and discussion about violent events often dominate the news headlines. We hear reports of assaults and random attacks. Murder trials and gangl(...)

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