Heavy statistic: some 23 per cent of Irish adults are classified as obese. Photograph: Peter Dazeley/Getty

Imagine sneaking a cigarette into your child’s lunchbox as a “Friday treat”. Picture yourself celebrating a birthday party by laying on a nicotine fea(...)

Drug addicts and prostitutes: Dr Helmut Kentler,  a sex researcher, believed he was giving Berlin’s troubled teens a social anchor while giving paedophiles a chance to become  caring foster parents. Illustration: DFP/MCT via Getty

A mother and her young son board a train and sit opposite a fortysomething man. When they get up to disembark the man’s smile towards the blond boy ta(...)

According to the study, 46 per cent of  women in the Republic have initiated breastfeeding, compared to 64 per cent in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Ireland’s low breastfeeding rates may be the result of the country’s strong Catholic heritage, a new international study suggests. Developed countrie(...)

Alcohol consumption and speeding are two of the major contributors to road traffic deaths on South Africa’s roads

The captivating beauty of the landscape through which South Africa’s N2 highway winds its way from Cape Town in the Western Cape to Durban in KwaZulu(...)

 The WHO said the Zika virus, carried by mosquitoes, remains a highly significant problem, but it is not any more a public heath emergency of international concern. File photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Friday that the Zika virus and related neurological complications no longer constitute an internationa(...)

If society wants women to give birth at a younger age, policymakers need to offer longer, paid maternity leave and state-funded free childcare.

Women are seemingly to blame for Ireland’s poorly performing maternity services, including a fourfold increase in Caesarean section (C-section) rates (...)

British prime minister  Theresa May has condemned world football’s ruling body over the “utterly outrageous” ban on international players wearing poppies.  Photo:  Nick Potts/PA

Utterly outraged, she said. Recognise and respect, she said. A clear message, she said. Had she nothing better to do? Apparently not. As if there w(...)

Saida Ahmad Baghili (18) who is affected by severe acute malnutrition, sits on a bed at the al-Thawra hospital in the Red Sea port city of Houdieda, Yemen. Photograph: Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters

Some 1.5 million children in Yemen are malnourished and half the population lives in hunger, United Nations aid agencies have warned. Yemen’s 18-mont(...)

Syrians inspect damaged buildings after air strikes by government helicopters on the rebel-held Aleppo neighbourhood of Mashhad on Tuesday. Photograph:  Syrian Civil Defence White Helmets via AP

Syrian government forces and their allies attacked the opposition-held sector of Aleppo on several fronts on Tuesday, the biggest ground assault yet i(...)

Once among the biggest revenue generators for drugmakers such as Pfizer and AstraZeneca, most statins are now off-patent and available as cheap generics.

The benefits of statins - cholesterol-busting drugs that can dramatically reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes - have been underestimated and (...)

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