Key driver in improved mortality rate has been reductions in smoking. Photograph: The Irish Times

Life expectancy in Ireland has increased by 15 years since 1950, principally due to reductions in smoking, according to new research.However, changing(...)

Minimum unit pricing targets two vulnerable groups – alcohol-dependent people and young drinkers who purchase alcohol at “pocket money prices”. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA

The Government’s announcement this week of new measures to reduce alcohol consumption is a watershed.The health and social impacts of our patterns of(...)

NUI Galway professor of psychology  Gary Donohoe said the study in terms of numbers was enormous but had to be so in order to succeed.

Three research groups in Ireland have contributed to a major international study to understand how small differences in brain structure may contribut(...)

Minister for Research and Innovation Damien English: “Absolutely convinced” that investment in research was important for Ireland. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ireland needs to recruit internationally recognised scientific “stars” to help grow our research ecosystem. They help build reputation but also suppor(...)

Grace O’Malley, a chartered physiotherapist, who works in the Healthy Lifestyles programme at Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Obesity I live in Malahide, Co Dublin, and have worked at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital for almost 10 years. My research and(...)

Minister of State  Damien English, who said the funding would help to “boost Ireland’s biomedical research credentials”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dick Ahlstrom Science Editor The UK-based Wellcome Trust has renewed its partnership with Science Foundation Ireland and the Health Research Board to (...)

Deaths from heroin have declined substantially, from a peak of 115 in 2009 to 61 in 2012.

More than 630 drug related deaths have been recorded for 2012, according to new figures from the Health Research Board. The number of deaths decreased(...)

From left, Dr Aoife Ryan, lecturer in nutritional sciences, UCC, Dr Derek Power, consultant medical oncologist, Cork and Mercy University Hospitals, Ann O’Connor, lecturer in culinary arts, Cork Institute of Technology, and Éadaoin Ní Bhuachalla, research dietitian, UCC. Photograph: Neil  Hurley

While many healthy people struggle to lose weight, the majority of patients with advanced cancer experience involuntary weight loss that can have a de(...)

IVF has been characterised as a series of hurdles; each stage of treatment can be experienced as a “success or failure in the pregnancy trail”

One of the major effects of the contraceptive revolution is that it has afforded women the opportunity to plan when to have their first child. It can (...)

While there have been many advances in the early diagnosis and effective treatment of cancer in recent years, these improvements in care do not always(...)