The chances of Irish hospital patients dying after surgery are 2.6 times higher here than in the UK, said Dr Áine Carroll, the(...)

An airport staff member wearing a mask takes a passenger's temperature at Taoyuan International Airport, northern Taiwan, April 24, 2013. A 53-year-old Taiwan businessman has contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu while travelling in China.

A new strain of bird flu that has killed 22 people in China was “one of the most lethal” flu viruses it had encountered and was more easily transmi(...)

Dentists have called on the HSE to give them a key role in the State’s tobacco control strategy, similar to the practice in Sweden. The Irish D(...)

Donal O'Riain: criticised cement  sector over environmental damage

The traditional cement sector in Ireland has reacted angrily to the claim from Ecocem managing director Donal O’Riain t(...)

A chicken farm in Changfeng county, Anhui province. Poultry is off the menu in many restaurants in China. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese health authorities are examining the possibility of human-to-human transmission within a family of a new strain of bird flu that has in(...)

Medical workers take part in a drill that simulates human infection of the H7N9 bird flu virus in Hefei, China.Photograph: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

Chinese police detained at least 10 people for spreading rumours about the H7N9 bird flu virus, state media said today, as the death toll from (...)

Chickens on the floor of a food market in downtown Shanghai.

Officials have closed Shanghai’s poultry market and slaughtered more than 20,000 birds as the death toll from a new outbreak of bird flu rose t(...)

Technical staff from the animal disease prevention and control center inject chickens with the H5N1 bird flu vaccine in Shangsi county, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Two more people died from the disease today. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

The death toll from a new strain of bird flu has risen to five in China today as Beijing said it was mobilising resources nationwide to combat (...)

A vendor puts chickens into a plastic bag at a poultry market in Hefei, Anhui province, today. Chinese authorities reported four new cases  of a strain of bird flu previously unknown in humans that has already killed two people. Photograph: Reuters

China has identified two new cases of a new strain of bird flu, and one of the victims has died, in the eastern city of Hangzhou, state media s(...)

I’ve recently played an amusing new party game called Which Minister Said? It is more difficult than you might think. For example, which(...)

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