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New members admitted to the Royal Irish Academy, pictured outside the academy on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: John Ohle

The Government’s Brexit Strategy should seek to preserve the closest possible research links between Ireland and the UK, according to the president of(...)

“As well as the medical challenges these people will face, the costs to countries’ health systems will be enormous.”

Almost a quarter of the world’s population will be obese by 2045, according to a new study. If current trends continue, 22.4 per cent of people globa(...)

There is no agreed gold standard of good posture

Do you slouch over your computer screen? Stand with your hips tilted forward and your stomach sitting out? Do people tell you to “sit up straight or y(...)

Dr Russell McLaughlin of TCD: ‘We are interested in understanding how genes can influence our risk of developing certain conditions.’

Separation in the form of Brexit may be imminent, but genetic history cannot be denied, as evidenced by a new genetic map of Irish and British ancestr(...)

Huntington’s is an incurable degenerative disease caused by a single gene defect that is passed down through families. Photo

A landmark trial for Huntington’s disease has announced positive results, suggesting that an experimental drug could become the first to slow the prog(...)

This image, captured by a scanning electron microscope, shows T cells (orange) attached to a tumour cell. Innovative treatments harness the ability of T cells to recognize and destroy cancer cells.

An “almost miraculous” therapy for some childhood cancers is emerging; four out of five leukaemia patients have responded positively to it in recent c(...)

Prof Chris Rapley: evidence shows human activity is “interfering with the life-support system of the Earth”. Photograph: Iain White

Playing the doomsday card on climate change is not the best way to achieve collective global action needed to counter it, according to leading comment(...)

The Cullen children, Joshua, Kayleigh, Leon, Amelia and Cara, who range in age from 16 to five: Their mother, Jessica Cullen, believes 10 is the best age for a child to have a phone

These days everyone has a smartphone and many are addicted to it – checking for updates, surfing the net and sending messages (mostly inane) have beco(...)

Excavation site of the NHS high-energy proton beam therapy centre in central London

One of London’s largest ever excavations has been just completed with the help of Irish architects Scott Tallon Walker. The job involved removing the(...)

 According to a report published  this year by the National Parents’ Council, almost one-third of parents of primary school pupils said their children could not walk to school because of the weight of their schoolbags. Photograph: iStock

August This is the most stressful month of the year for many parents and back to school cost are all to blame. It is 50 years since the then minister (...)

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