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(...)

 Sackville Street in Dublin during the rebuilding of 1918. Funeral corteges were a common sight in the city during the Spanish flu epidemic. Photograph:  R. Humphrey/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

“Yesterday, from early morning till well after midday, cortege after cortege reached Glasnevin Cemetery, sometimes as many as three corpse-laden hears(...)

“We don’t know the real scale of the problem”

A new European research network has been launched to look at problematic internet use including gambling, pornography, bullying and excessive social m(...)

“If you took a truckload of coal today and took it across the Border, you could save €2,200. And next week you can save €3,300.” Photograph: iStock

Smuggling of coal from Northern Ireland will increase significantly after extra carbon taxes are imposed by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in ne(...)

Patients wait to be tested for tuberculosis, at the TB Annex Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: Sally Hayden

For six months, Augustine has scrutinised Beatrice from his isolation ward window. Ensconced on the same wooden bench every day, she cradles their new(...)

GPs and specialist family planning services are concerned that routing a free contraceptive scheme via pharmacies would limit women’s contraceptive choices and risk side-lining some of the most effective methods available, such as hormonal implants or the coil. Photograph: iStock

The Minister for Health’s proposals to introduce a free contraception scheme after the abortion referendum is positive news for everyone. Internationa(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris at the launch of a new national day to recognise the unsung heroes from frontline and emergency services at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The rate of uptake of the cervical cancer vaccine increased by 15 percentage points in the last year, figures from the Health Service Executive (HSE) (...)

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