Cystic Fibrosis Ireland chief executive Philip Watt: ‘We are shaking with excitement at this news.’ File photograph: Tom Honan

A groundbreaking new therapy to treat the vast majority of people with cystic fibrosis has been approved for Irish patients. The drug, Trikafta, has (...)

With about 60 per cent of medicines used tending to originate from or come through the UK, the UK “land bridge” is also highly utilised by pharma and life sciences companies looking to send their product to mainland Europe. Photograph: iStock

Major players in the life sciences sector are acutely aware that an eventual Brexit, whatever form it takes, brings both challenges and opportunities (...)

Mary and Aoife Bennett, from Naas, Co Kildare, speaking to the media on leaving the Four Courts on Tuesday. Photograph: Collins

Aoife Bennett has settled her case in the High Court in which she claimed the swine flu vaccination she was given in school 10 years ago caused her to(...)

‘It truly is a remarkable time of hope and progress in CF care in Ireland and worldwide.’ Photograph: Science Photo Library

A groundbreaking new therapy to treat the vast majority of people with cystic fibrosis could be available in Ireland as early as next summer, accordin(...)


The Health Products Regulatory Agency (HPRA) has revealed an increase in the number of adverse reaction reports to medicines as well as a rise in prod(...)

Aoife Bennett: Her family claims the administration of the Pandemrix vaccine to combat   swine flu  was badly mismanaged.   Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

It is not unusual to see people nodding off during long, complex legal proceedings, but there is great heartbreak associated with the phenomenon in a (...)

Over 90 per cent of those authorised for medical cannabis in the United States are recreational users, according to author Alex Berenson. Photograph: iStock

The legalisation and sale of medical cannabis in some US states and in Canada has led to much higher recreational use of cannabis without scientific p(...)

The research  says there is a need to improve the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of such trials. Photograph: iStock

Almost half of cancer drug trials supporting new treatments over a three year period had a high risk of bias that may show effects were exaggerated, a(...)

“About 100 women and 30 men die in Ireland each year from HPV-related cancers. Many of these cases can be prevented with gender-equal vaccination.” File photograph: Getty

The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine is being offered to both boys and girls for the first time in the Republic. HSE vaccination teams are visiting(...)

A giant beach party is planned on October 31st in  Wijk aan Zee, a quiet seaside village west of Amsterdam facing across the North Sea, where a band will play We’ll Meet Again.  Photograph: Vliet/iStock

It’s undoubtedly going to be one of those “where were you?” moments. And already almost 10,000 people in the Netherlands have decided: on October 31st(...)

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