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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(...)

The suspended doctor has been on the Medical Council’s specialist register for a number of years, with five years’ specialist training in radiology from the faculty of radiology in the Royal College of Surgeons or elsewhere abroad

The radiologist at the centre of the Kerry hospital controversy, a graduate of an Irish university, signed off on some 46,000 reports over 16 months w(...)

Izzy Dezu from his Facebook page. The teenager collapsed and died while playing for Shelbourne FC in a Dublin and District Schoolboys League football match this week

From bystanders’ description of events, it seems likely that Izzy Dezu (16), who collapsed and died while playing for Shelbourne FC in a Dublin and Di(...)

'One in four people will experience mental illness.'

Mental health matters to everyone but discussion of the topic is commonly undermined by myths and misunderstandings. Some of these myths have persiste(...)

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