Great progress has been made in recent years to advance capability in Ireland in the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of clinical trials. Th(...)

The importance of comparing like with like has been understood for centuries. Photograph: Thinkstock

Your three-year-old son gets a small piece of Lego stuck up his nose. What do you do? Who do you call? You want to avoid a trip to the emergency depar(...)

Tiny patients have particular needs, and that is why some investigator-led clinical studies in Ireland are looking to develop better ways to cater for them, including how best to prevent infections being introduced from the equipment itself.  Photograph: Thinkstock

There are few sights as heartrending as that of a newborn baby surrounded by equipment in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These tiny patients h(...)

Once Sarah starts drinking she can’t stop: in a night she knocks back shots of vodka and pints of Guinness, before heading to the off-licence to buy cans of beer and sneak out with a couple of whiskey bottles stuffed in the belly of her jeans. She calls this ‘crotch-walking. Photograph: Thinkstock

Sarah, a first-year college student, has been coming to me for counselling for several weeks. She is in deep despair, using addictions to alcohol a(...)

One-third of women said they were surprised at how many units they had consumed when they added them up for the survey. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/PA Wire

Almost half of all women who completed an online survey for The Irish Times admitted to binge drinking in the past seven days. About 45 per cen(...)

Prof Brian O’Connell, director of prosthodontics at the Dublin Dental Hospital, Dr Ramesh Babu and Dr Padraig McAuliffe, prosthodontist and researcher at the Dublin Dental Hospital.

A group of Irish researchers have invented an intelligent mouthguard that will determine whether you grind your teeth at night and will send that i(...)

The study at Trinity College Dublin included almost 5,000 adults and found a positive link between flouride in drinking water and oral health.

  Older people have better oral health if they live in areas where the drinking water is fluoridated, according to new research. The s(...)

Chartered physiotherapist Clare Daly in the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital, with ‘patients’ Clara (left) and Róisín, her assistants. Photograph: Dave Meehan

When you’re pregnant with your first baby it’s easy to find articles about swollen ankles, morning sickness and breastfeeding. Your friends and family(...)

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(...)