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Pills or placebo? Science may not be the only way to understand illness and healing and that the placebo effect is a biological response to the act of caring –  the rituals involved trigger specific neurobiological pathways that modulate body sensations, symptoms and emotions

According to my Collins dictionary, a placebo is “an inactive substance or other sham form of therapy administered to a patient usually to compare its(...)

Innovo is a neuromuscular electrical stimulation device that treats urinary and faecal incontinence in a non-invasive manner

Irish medtech company Atlantic Therapeutics has raised €28 million in investment ahead of a move into the US, just months after receiving FDA approval(...)

Darlene Coker is shown with her thoracic surgeon David Sugarbaker

Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why. She knew that her cancer, mesothelioma, arose in the delicate membrane surrounding her(...)

CBD: drug or foodstuff? Photograph: Getty Images

All of a sudden cannabidiol – better known as CBD – is everywhere, purporting to cure assorted ills from insomnia to inflammation and anxiety to acne.(...)

Shares in Mainstay Medical, the Irish medical device company targeting chronic back pain, crashed to record lows after a key clinical trial failed.

Shares in Mainstay Medical, the Irish medical device company targeting chronic back pain, crashed to record lows after a key clinical trial failed. M(...)

E-cigarettes have been a divisive topic in the public health community

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced sweeping new restrictions on flavoured tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes popul(...)

Traders  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange  on  November 13th, 2018. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

European shares recovered on Tuesday as hopes for an easing of the Sino-US trade war and an imminent Brexit deal chased away the previous session’s fe(...)

GC Aesthetics manufactures nearly 600 types of implants and more than 2.5 million women and men globally have used its products

A Dublin-based breast implant maker whose backers include Irish tech entrepreneur Bill McCabe and the company behind Barry’s Tea, has raised $97 milli(...)

Ivan Coulter: “This is a company with fantastic potential.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ivan Coulter, the founder and former boss of Sigmoid Pharma, has been appointed chief executive of a new UCD spinout drug company that is tackling a d(...)

Vivian Farrell, CEO of Modular Automation: ‘We are supporting multinational companies in Ireland to be more competitive and to keep jobs in Ireland’

Future generations of medical devices coming out of the US could be manufactured on automated production lines using Irish technology. Earlier this mo(...)

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