Fr Seán Healy, director of Social Justice Ireland, said there were several areas where Ireland was ‘seriously underperforming’ when it came to meeting the UN’s sustainable development goals. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Ireland is lagging behind other European countries when it come to meeting a series of United Nations’ targets, particularly when it comes to combatti(...)

Governments provide, on average, 51% of a country’s health spending, while more than 35% per country comes from out-of-pocket expenses. Photograph: Getty Images

A new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found spending on health is growing faster than the rest of the global economy. At 10 per ce(...)

 We are fortunate to be meat-eaters because meat drove the evolution of our large brains and complex bodies. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Lancet medical journal published a comprehensive report last month on human diet and global food systems. Our food production systems are causing (...)

‘Most women are cared for without the need for onward referral. When they are, there is a network of committed obstetricians and nurses in hospitals, caring for them.’ Photograph: Getty Images

I never thought I would be a provider of abortion services. It’s not that surprising really. Abortion was not mentioned once in the medical curriculum(...)

Dr Martin Ruttledge launching the Migraine Quick Reference Guide, which he co-authored. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

About 750,000 people in Ireland suffer from migraine and the statistics are becoming “worse and worse”, a leading consultant neurologist has said. Dr(...)

Venezuelan migrants wait for food outside La Divina Pastora shelter in Villa del Rosario, Colombia, at the border with Venezuela, on February 13th, 2019. Photograph:  Luis Robayo

When Maria Duran had her first child in Venezuela in 2013 she encountered no problems. But by the time she gave birth to her second, 18 months ago, “e(...)

In the Republic, the Health Protection and Surveillance Centre has just reported a large rise in the number of mumps cases notified to it in the first six weeks of 2019 compared to the same period last year. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

While there are many candidates for the most important medical breakthrough of all time, it is generally accepted that immunisation, along with improv(...)

From Saturday, all prescription medicines must carry a barcode. Photograph: iStock

Anti-tampering devices have been fitted to all prescription medicines sold in Ireland and other EU states as part of new measures against falsified me(...)

 Martin Higgins, chairman, FSAI and Dr Pamela Byrne, CEO, FSAI. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has developed a new DNA tool that will enhance the ability to fight food fraud. It enables the entire genetic con(...)

France has one of the lowest rates of uptake of the HPV vaccination in Europe, due to ‘unfounded rumours’ around its safety, says Dr Elisabete Weiderpass. Photograph:  Matthew Busch/Washington Post/Getty Images

France is launching a campaign of systematic screening for the human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer. The country is also stepping (...)

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