Medical personnel wearing protective suits check patients at the Medical College hospital in Kozhikode, Kerala, India following an outbreak of the Nipah virus. Photograph:  AFP

A rare virus spread by fruit bats, which can cause flu-like symptoms and brain damage, has killed 12 people in southern India, health officials said o(...)

A man drives his bike taxi past the Church of Christ during Pentecost celebrations on Sunday in Mbandaka, northwest of DR Congo. Photograph:  Junior D Kannah/AFP/Getty Images

A vaccination campaign aimed at beating an outbreak of Ebola in Congo began on Monday in the port city of Mbandaka, where four cases of the deadly dis(...)

A health official uses a thermometer to measure the temperature of disembarking passengers at the airport at Mbandaka, Congo.  Photograph: AFP/Junior Kannah/ Getty Images

Health workers in Democratic Republic of Congo will begin a vaccination campaign on Monday aimed at containing an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus,(...)

A health care worker wears virus protective gear at a treatment centre in Bikoro in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: AP

Two more cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the northwestern city of Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, health officials have said. (...)

Research by the Cochrane Review scientific network confirms that the human papillomavirus vaccination (HPV) is very effective in reducing cases of cervical cancer. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

Vaccines designed to prevent infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) are effective in protecting against pre-cancerous cervical lesions in women, p(...)

In 2014, there was an 86 per cent take up of the HPV vaccination in Ireland among eligible schoolgirls in Ireland. Last year, just half of those elig(...)

Maria Valenzuela: Health worker in Phoenix, Arizona, US

Dr Khine Hay Mar was the only doctor at a hospital in Mese – a town in Myanmar, near the border with Thailand. During her time as the sole physician t(...)

Pope Francis has banned the sale of cigarettes in  the Vatican city state. Photograph: Reuters.

Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year because of health concerns, a spokesman said on Thursday. (...)

Prof Matthew Walker: “Regular sleep – seven to eight hours a night – is the best method to maintain brain and body health. We are the only species which deliberately deprives ourselves of sleep.”

Two-thirds of adults in the developed world don’t get the World Health Organisation’s recommended eight hours’ sleep per night, according to Matthew W(...)

A 2007 report estimated drug-resistant bacteria were responsible for about 25,000 deaths a year in the EU. Photograph: Alan Betson

The convening of a national public health emergency team is a rare event. It means carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE), the newest in a l(...)

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