Why are we continuing what I and many other doctors consider a barbaric practice?

When it works, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is one of the most satisfying medical interventions. Whether by trained volunteers on a playing fie(...)

“The fact is, it’s not possible to feel every single person’s pain and be useful citizens.” Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

A family spends nearly a week chasing down the result of a biopsy. The man who holds the potentially life-changing information is the surgeon, a senio(...)

Do I have a cold? The flu? A virus? Or...what?

I am sitting in the office with at least 10 balled up tissues beside me. There are another 20 in the bin. It’s just as well I bought the man-size box(...)

Hand in glove: more than 3,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Ireland every year.  Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto Hand in glove: more than 3,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Ireland every year.  Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Visits to the doctor sometimes involves an inspection of a bodily orifice. Having an otoscope placed in your ears isn’t too bad; while for some of us(...)

“We urgently need to engage in a national debate about the controlled distribution of scarce resources.” Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Be afraid, be very afraid. That is the message to current and future patients following an extraordinary decision, since rescinded, by a clinical comm(...)

Nephrologist Dr Joel Topf speaking at the dotMed conference.  Photograph: Richard Walshe

What do a novelist and playwright, a comic artist and writer, a photographer, a medical ethicist and a social media expert have in common? They are al(...)

A pre-election survey by the charity Alone has found “poor health” is the primary worry of older people. Respondents were specifically concerned about(...)

Good things can come from a shocking event and every second Saturday groups of up to 120 people at a time gather at Killarney racecourse. They are pa(...)

 Invented in 2003 by Chinese scientist Hon Lik, the electronic cigarette delivers nicotine through an aerosol of propylene glycol and glycerin, rather than via the combustion products of dried tobacco leaves. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Are you one of 700,000 Irish people who smoke? Are you planning to quit this year? If so, you might have been thinking about nicotine replacement as (...)

Research into the effects of weight-loss suggests that losing about 9 pounds could reduce systolic blood pressure by 4.5 mm Hg

The groundbreaking Sprint trial signalling a need for more aggressive blood pressure treatment is a real game changer (see bit.ly/1LmaHRp). It direct(...)