CBD: drug or foodstuff? Photograph: Getty Images

All of a sudden cannabidiol – better known as CBD – is everywhere, purporting to cure assorted ills from insomnia to inflammation and anxiety to acne.(...)

Prof Ian Frazer said cervical cancer can be eradicated by public health programmes similar to the one against polio.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The health programme against cervical cancer in Australia is so successful that it is expected that within 10 years, no women will be developing the c(...)

The Irish College of General Practitioners, when asked if it was aware of GPs promoting LDN as a cancer treatment, said it “only supports evidence-based, specialist-led, multidisciplinary care” for cancer patients.

Irish doctors have been prescribing cancer patients a controversial drug traditionally used in higher doses to combat heroin addiction, the Irish Canc(...)

‘We stand on the cusp of a new era where we finally have the means to prevent an entire class of cancers.’ Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

After clean water, there is no health intervention that has saved more lives than vaccination – and none that has inspired more misguided opposition. (...)

Women with the HER2-positive strain of the disease had the best prognosis because of the “colossal impact”of Herceptin and chemotherapy: Photograph: F Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd/PA Wire

Women with metastatic, or secondary, breast cancer face a better outlook than they would have in the past, according to a leading cancer specialist. (...)

 Chinese New Year Festival  in Dublin: Even with the minimal genetic variation across humans, increased genetic diversity maximises our collective fitness. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When it comes to political debate, few topics stir passionate rhetoric more than immigration. Recently on these pages, Prof William Reville highlighte(...)

Kieran Walkin, entrepreneur: “Besides music, which I’ve kept my hand in, I don’t know what else I’d do if I wasn’t an entrepreneur, because it is constantly challenging and rewarding in so many ways.”
Why I became . . .

Kieran Walkin, entrepreneur I studied music in UCD. I knew there wasn’t money in pop music and I didn’t want to make it as a star. Nor did I want to (...)

Shopping in Moore Street: People have a tendency to significantly overestimate the proportion of the population made up by immigrants. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

One of the paradoxes of the information age is the all too often vast gulf between what is popularly accepted and what is objectively true. In almost (...)

Marriage equality:  could be on its way here too after 2015. Photograph: Reuters

The referendum on marriage equality scheduled to take place in 2015 will be a historic moment in Ireland. With more than 73 per cent of citizens curre(...)

Rain approaching in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. If greenhouse emissions continue their steady escalation, temperatures across most of the earth will rise to levels with no recorded precedent by the middle of this century, researchers say. Photograph: The New York Times

The conclusions of the fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) – the world’s foremost authority on climate-cha(...)

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