The mosquitos that transmit the infection are now thought to be able to live in colder climates

Local Zika transmission in Florida 'likely'

29 Jul Florida health officials said they believe that four people have been infected locally with Zika, in what would be the first evidence that mosquitoes carrying the virus are present in the continental United States.

The HSE says that heroin users are most at risk to unwittingly taking this substance

Drugs warning issued after five deaths

28 Jul The Health Service Executive has issued a warning about a dangerous drug which it says has caused the deaths of five people in Dublin and Cork since April.

St Vincent's said it was working to deal with the issues within the confines of its budget allocation

HIQA criticises liver transplant unit conditions

28 Jul Conditions at the National Liver Transplant Unit at St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin have been criticised following an inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority.

Evidence of the virus in local mosquito populations can also be used to confirm local transmission

Florida identifies non-travel related Zika cases

27 Jul The Florida health department said it is investigating another two cases of Zika not related to travel to a place where the virus is being transmitted, raising the possibility of local Zika transmission in the continental United States.

Chris King with his new hands at Leeds General Infirmary

Hand transplant patient feels 'whole again'

22 Jul The first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant says he feels "whole again" as he looks forward to holding a bottle of beer and wearing shirts with real buttons.

RCSI sees it as an affordable alternative method of training students and doctors where expensive simulators are not available

VR app being launched to help train doctors

21 Jul A fully interactive and free virtual reality app, designed to train doctors and students in emergency room techniques, has been launched by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Inspections were carried out from January-March

HIQA: Inexperienced staff dealt with welfare cases

21 Jul A HIQA inspection of Child Protection and Welfare Services in the midlands has found that one duty team which regularly dealt with unassessed risk was predominantly made up of inexperienced social workers.

The report's author says because of clients lack of capacity they were unable to escape abuse situations

Ministers meet with HSE over care service reports

18 Jul Ministers Finian McGrath and Simon Harris have met with senior officials from the HSE in the wake of recent reports about services for people with a disability provided by or funded by the executive.