When you feel a sneeze or a cough coming on, covering your mouth prevents the spread of infectious germs. You probably knew that. But the way you co(...)

Today, in an Ireland where the liberal outlook now prevails, pro-choice voices are in the ascendant

Most of us who came of age in the 1980s would happily go through life without a repeat of the rancorous debates about abortion of the time. Up and do(...)

Kathleen Sebelius served as US secretary of health. Photograph: Leigh Vogel

The US could learn a lot from the results achieved by the Irish health system, according to the woman appointed by president Barack Obama to lead the (...)

Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who is stepping down after almost six years in office. Photograph: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Margaret Hamburg, who as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for almost six years has overseen public health initiatives ranging(...)

Outgoing US health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks after President Barack Obama (left) announced his nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace her, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

US health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius departed yesterday as the White House seeks to limit(...)

US president Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden applaud outgoing health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House today. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama has said he will promote budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be his next health secretary, who will preside ove(...)

Kathleen Sebelius, US secretary of health and human services, speaks during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in Washington today.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

The US government’s top health official has said private insurance companies, not president Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, are to blame for(...)

Members of Adapt, a grassroots disability rights group that supports Obamacare, march in Washington during the US government shutdown today. Photograph:  Gary Cameron/Reuters

The US government launched the centrepiece of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform today, opening online insurance marketplaces across(...)