In rats with mild cognitive impairment, weight training had “effectively restored” their ability to think. Illustration: iStock

Weight training may have benefits for brain health, at least in rats. When rats lift weights, they gain strength and also change the cellular environm(...)

    Prof Alex (Archie)Thompson (retired), Emeritus Professor Luke Drury, DIAS, Hillary O’Donnell (former technician) at the launch at Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies of the programme of events for July to mark the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Apollo 11 has a very special place in the history of Irish space research. Irish hands were among the first to take possession and evaluate moon rock (...)

Scientists report the first large-scale demonstration of an approach that can identify this hidden brain function right after injury, using specialised computer analysis of routine EEG

Doctors have known for years that some patients who become unresponsive after a severe brain injury nonetheless retain a “covert consciousness,” a deg(...)

Kevin Conners is charged with manslaughter in the death of his wife, Lori Conners, who died from a gunshot wound to the head. Photograph: Connecticut State Police via The New York Times

The warrant for the man’s arrest told a wrenching story. His wife was terminally ill, going through chemotherapy treatments for cancer and struggling (...)

One of the largest outbreaks of the virus occurred in Colombia in 1995.  Photograph: iStock

A Dublin-based provider of raw materials to the pharmaceutical industry has launched a product to detect and diagnose an infectious disease known as V(...)

Child aggression directed at parents came first in a study carried out by Parentline into the top 10 reasons for calls to its helpline. Photograph: iStock

Six years ago, this problem wasn’t even on its radar – but last year research by the parent support group Parentline found aggression in children to b(...)

More than 40 US states have alleged some generic drug firms are inflating drug prices. Photograph: Reuters

US states filed a lawsuit accusing Teva Pharmaceuticals of orchestrating a sweeping scheme with 19 other drug companies to inflate drug prices – somet(...)

Democrat members of the House Judiciary Committee had fun with the spectacle, placing a prop chicken by attorney general William Barr’s microphone. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/Bloomberg

Tensions between Democrats and the Department of Justice intensified on Thursday as a key committee threatened to hold attorney general William Barr i(...)

Peggy Sue Adams (left) who was killed in the crash, pictured with her husband Jack

A sat nav was not to blame for a fatal crash in Cork which killed two American tourists in September 2017, an inquest has heard. James Baker (62) and(...)

Donald Trump speaks during a fundraising round-table in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president Donald Trump has accused Latin American countries of sending criminals to the United States, vowing to increase US military presence at t(...)

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