Angelina Jolie has revealed that she underwent a double mastectomy earlier this year after discovering she had an increased risk of developing breast cancer, however genetic breast cancer is rare, according to the Irish Cancer Society
Safety scandals led to hospital reforms
Health Minister James Reilly's hospital reorganisation plan is very welcome. It's a pity patients had to die or get injured unnecessarily for it to finally become a reality
An Iranian solution to an Irish problem?
The new abortion bill is necessary, but as regards grown-up health and social policy for Ireland, it may be a case of too little, and definitely too late.
GPs vote in favour of limited abortion
In a significant move, the AGM of the College of GPs voted narrowly in favour of abortion in cases of lethal fetal abnormalities. It narrowly rejected, however, a call for abortion to be legalised in cases of rape or incest
Two-tier system for hospital tests
Public patients in Ireland face much longer waits than their private counterparts for often vital hospital tests, a new study has shown.
Health reform plan coming off the rails
Far from introducing free GP care as promised, the Government is actually making more people pay for care. Has James Reilly's much vaunted healthcare reform plan finally come off the rails?
Taking heart from organ donation
Karen McDermott was only in her 30s when she was told she was in end-stage heart failure and would need a heart transplant. She now wants to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation
From bedside to bed
When consultant cardiologist Brian Maurer became seriously ill, he got a chance to view life from the bed rather than the bedside. He found that while the standard of treatment was excellent, there were issues with coordination of care.
Our lethal love affair with antibiotics
Antibiotics have been one of the key discoveries in the history of medicine. However, due to overuse, many are becoming less effective at treating serious infection. Are we about to enter a 'pre-antibiotic era'?