With a legal stand-off emerging between HIQA and the HSE over the findings of the Portlaoise probe, a leading expert has said the hospital's rate of unexpected infant deaths in recent years is well within current norms
Concern over hospital hygiene report
Unclean patient equipment and poor hand hygiene among staff have been highlighted in a new report on hospitals by HIQA
Diabetes - insulin pumps can offer new lease of life
An insulin pump is a small portable device used by people with diabetes, but it can have a big impact on quality of life
Major changes facing private insurance
From May 1, anyone aged 35 and older who wishes to take out private health insurance for the first time, will be charged extra for doing so
Wide variation in hospital death rates
A new league table report from the Department of Health shows considerable variations in death rates among hospitals in patients suffering heart attacks and strokes.
Plain packaging law for cigarette packets passed
In a move aimed at protecting its citizens, particularly children, Ireland has become only the second country in the world to pass plain packaging laws for tobacco products
'One size fits all' approach to asthma not working
Some 470,000 people in Ireland have asthma, but many of those affected feel lost and believe that the condition is not being taken seriously enough
Marketing better health
Simply lecturing people about leading a healthier life is not enough. An expert says
if people are to be persuaded to behave differently, some value has to be created for them in doing his.
Life after intensive care
People who survive a critical illness are often told they are lucky to be alive. But what if they don't feel lucky and instead feel scared, angry and confused?