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Travellers wear face masks as they walk outside  Beijing Railway Station amid a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus. The outbreak coincides with China’s  busiest travel period, as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP.

Confirmation that a new coronavirus can be transmitted directly from person to person has significantly increased the possibility of a Sars-like illne(...)

‘Smiling depression  provides a term that people can relate to.’ File image: Getty Images

Over the festive period, I came across the term “smiling depression” for the first time. A woman used it to describe the depression experienced by her(...)

Research suggests that between October and March, daylight saving time throws off our body clocks by up to four weeks.

I hope you savoured the extra sleep-in at the weekend, courtesy of our biannual clock change. However, daylight saving time (DST) may be be coming to (...)

Where energy intake is impaired by the pattern of eating, the child may have such a lack of energy they cannot get through the day without a nap. File photograph: Getty

A diet of French fries, Pringle crisps and processed ham sounds Utopian for children and teenagers going through a “fussy” eating phase. As parents wi(...)

 “Nobody knows what dying is like. Everybody is terrified, nobody is talking about it, everybody thinks they know what it’s like, and everybody thinks it is awful.”

“How people die lives on in the memory of those who live on.” – Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement. Do you know what dying (...)

False widow spider spinning a web. Photograph: iStock

Two Waterford women were recently treated for severe bites from a Noble False Black Widow spiders– with one spending six days in hospital. Dr Muiris H(...)

‘Concern with the latest CervicalCheck problem is what it says about open disclosure. Photograph: Getty

What’s the latest problem with CervicalCheck? It’s primarily a problem (yet again) of failed communication. A computer glitch at a Quest Diagnostics (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said his experience working in various hospitals helped form his views on the problems in our hospitals. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has acknowledged that hospital overcrowding happens all year round but spikes “pretty much” every Tuesday and after a run o(...)

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Acute flaccid paralysis – also known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) – is a rare illness in which certain muscles in the body become paralysed. Child(...)

 Evidence-based practice suggests that primary care is where  medication-induced abortions should be provided

As we move towards a date for a referendum on a repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution and the possible implementation of a policy of term(...)

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