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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with presenter Kathryn Thomas at Croke Park during an event for ‘Operation Transformation’ community leaders. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Creating more hospital bed places is a “short-term solution” to the current crisis in the health service, in which hospitals have become a “receiving (...)

Some 30 minutes’ exercise a day is essential for optimum health

What started off as a light look at preventing illness has ended up as a virtual guide to living healthily. So, if you believe your health is your wea(...)

An obesity expert has criticised the fact the fast food chain McDonald’s is sponsoring part of the National Children’s Hospital thorugh its charitable arm.

An anti-obesity expert has condemned the sponsorship of the parents’ wing of the planned new National Children’s Hospital by Ronald McDonald House, a (...)

Parents should encourage kids to eat fruit, not drink the juice. Photograph: iStock

Sugary drinks are about to be hit with a sugar tax of 60 cent per two-litre bottle. The beverage industry argues that obesity is a far more complex pr(...)

A sugar tax introduced in Chicago earlier this year was repealed after just two months. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Despite receiving overwhelming support from health groups, the Government’s new sugar tax on sweetened drinks has been slammed by Food Drink Industry (...)

John Williams, a school principal who has tackled his problem with obesity with a three-pronged approach of diet, exercise and psychology. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland has one of the highest rates of obesity in Europe, with one in four adults classed as obese and one in four children already overweight. The (...)

Bloom is Ireland’s biggest food and garden show, running from Thursday until Monday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Heading to Bloom in the Phoenix Park over the coming days? With over 100,000 people expected to visit Ireland’s biggest food and garden show, which ru(...)

Satisfaction with Enda Kenny’s performance as Taoiseach was practically unanimous in his home town of Castlebar. Photograph: PA

The final paragraph of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s resignation statement referred to the family’s 63-year record of unbroken service to the Mayo people. T(...)

The latest research on sugar tax suggests that a levy on sugary drinks – due to be introduced here and in Britain in 2018 – will help reduce obesity, (...)

Bed sore scanner is  being piloted in Naas General Hospital

Bed sore scanner that can detect sores before they can be seen Bed sores are one of the most common and most painful conditions affecting patients(...)

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