Radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to more than 200 lung cancer deaths in Ireland annually.

Galway has the highest number of homes with unsafe levels of radon gas, while a home in Tralee, Co Kerry, is the worst individual case identified in n(...)

Welfare policies must ensure that the vulnerable do not bear a disproportionate share of the burden, the lead author of the WHO report said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Social welfare and health spending should be protected from International Monetary Fund and European Union-led demands for austerity, a major report f(...)

A traffic policeman signals to drivers during a smoggy day in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Choking smog all but shut down one of northeastern China’s largest cities today, forcing schools to suspended classes, snarling traffic and closing t(...)

Charles Garvey: said the company’s focus now is on the final testing and validation of its product

According to the World Health Organisation, there is no reliable, cost-effective screening test to detect the potentially life-threatening condition i(...)

Smog over  downtown Los Angeles. Outdoor air pollution has been officially classified as carcinogenic by the World Health Organisation. Photograph:  Reuters.

Outdoor air pollution has been officially classified as carcinogenic by the cancer arm of the World Health Organisation. The International Agency for (...)

Seven-year-old Oisín Blaney Shorte, from Terenure, Dublin, who has asthma, with clinical nurse manager Bríd Ryan O’Malley at Dr Steeven’s Hospital, where the HSE simulated giving a vaccination jab. Photograph: bryan O’Brien

The Health Service Executive has launched a major campaign urging people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza. Research released as p(...)

Relatives and friends of cancer sufferers provided three billion hours of unpaid care, worth €23.2 billion, while lost productivity caused by illness and early death is put at €52 billion, according to the Lancet Oncology study.

Ireland has the fifth highest cancer care bill per citizen in the EU, but the proportion of its cancer health bill that Ireland spends on treating (...)

 Taoiseach  said he was concerned at a proposal to reduce the size of the health warning on cigarette packaging to 50 per cent from the 75 per cent advocated by the member states.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has written to all Irish MEPs and members of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament urging (...)

 Pro-choice demonstrators at a demonstration in Dublin last year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Menstruating is normal. Sex (of many varieties) is normal. Pregnancy is normal. Preventing pregnancy is normal. Failing to prevent pregnancy is nor(...)

Burning of solid fuel and and emissions from car exhausts are the main sources of poor air quality, the report says. Photograph: Eric Luke/the Irish Times

Ireland enjoys good air quality compared with other European countries but meeting proposed new standards could be a challenge, according to a report (...)

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