Prof Fergal Malone, chairman of the RCSI department of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.

Advances in pregnancy screening mean a woman can now find out as early as nine or 10 weeks into her pregnancy, with more than 99 per cent certainty, w(...)

Patrick Mullane and Dr John Waterstone with baby Bridget. Photograph: Micheal McSweeney/Provision

All babies are special but baby Bridget Mullane is particularly precious as her parents thought they might never be able to have a family together. Th(...)

Escape: Michael Gibbons was the only survivor when the helicopter he was in hit trees in thick fog 5:39

The Celtic Tiger was in full roar on July 9th, 2005, and three close friends from Galway had hired a helicopter to travel to the Tall Ships Race in Wa(...)

Regina Cunnane: “Our niche is really in high quality product with quirky, interesting clothes”

Design House Barna is a high-end fashion boutique catering for women over 30. What sets your business apart from the competition? I would have to say (...)

 Ann and Paul with their daughters, Sophia and Grace. Sophia was born at 25 weeks and four days.

When Patrick Bouvier Kennedy was born at 34 weeks’ gestation on August 7th, 1963, there were no ventilators to help the struggling baby to breathe,(...)

Eating foods that are high in fat and refined sugars activate the pleasure and reward centres of the brain, causing an increase in the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Photograph: Thinkstock

Why are so many of us hopelessly addicted to fatty and sugary foods that we know are bad for us? Why do we never get the same cravings for fruit, vege(...)

Dr Louise Kenny, professor of obstetrics at University College Cork and a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, says she would never try to talk a woman or couple out of trying to conceive just because she is over 40.

With many Irish women choosing to delay starting a family until well into their 30s and even 40s, there has been a lot of focus on the negative sid(...)

A male Wakatobi Flowerpecker. Photographs: David Kelly and Nicola Marples

To get to the remote Wakatobi island in Indonesia where he is studying a unique bird species, Seán Kelly has to fly from Dublin to the Middle East, fl(...)

Mark Pollock at the Fail Better exhibition in Trinity’s Science Gallery. Photograph: Alan Betson

Being blind and paralysed from the waist down has not stopped Mark Pollock from achieving more in his 38 years than most fully able-bodied people do i(...)

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Research published today shows that the rates of childhood overweight and obesity in Irish children of primary-school age have levelled off, and ma(...)