“The competition is a way in which we want to teach young children about the importance of clinical research, and get them to understand what a clinical trial is and the processes that are involved.”

Can listening to music at lunch time help to reduce stress at exam time? Does doing 20 jumping jacks every day at school result in increased fitness? (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar had championed a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The next government will face increasing calls for some form of sugar tax following the introduction of a policy in the UK announced this week. Whil(...)

Tuberculosis discovery: The findings, related to a gene known as  MAL,  could lead to personalised treatments for those who develop TB. Photograph: Thinkstock

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin and St James’s Hospital have discovered why some people are more at risk of getting tuberculosis [TB] than other(...)

Health Research Board chief executive Dr Graham Love:  “Research has to be at the very core of the Irish healthcare system.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The Health Research Board will address major health challenges while also putting the patient first in the research it pursues, the board declares in(...)

 Anne-Marie Looney, a HRB-funded PhD student working within the Neonatal Brain Research area at the Infant Biobank.  Photograph:  Tomas Tyner, UCC

In a research centre in Cork, more than 1.5 million tissue samples from pregnant women, their partners and very young babies are kept in a freezer. Th(...)

A drug that has the potential to reverse the effects of heroin overdoses should be made available to addicts’ friends and family members, experts have said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A drug that has the potential to reverse the effects of heroin overdoses should be made available to addicts’ friends and family members as part of ef(...)

Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern

The Government will today reveal a €5 billion spending programme which will see the numbers involved in scientific research and development (R&D)(...)

Cork woman Grainne Foley, whose baby had growth restrictions in the womb, and stroke survivor Paul Lambe, at a conference on clinical trials at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The dizziness set in as Paul Lambe was speeding through the Port Tunnel a year ago. He slowed to a crawl but managed to get out of the tunnel. Steppin(...)

Misleading labelling: low-fat products usually contain high amounts of sugar and low-sugar products are often full of fats and calories. Photograph: Thinkstock

I recently wrote a piece about breastfeeding (Breast is best but not for Irish babies, August 25th, 2015). Several women wrote for advice abou(...)

A selection of sugary drinks. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Young children who consume sugar-sweetened drinks are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese, a study of more than 1,000 schoolchildren i(...)