Harvard research found that after the marathon,  runners’ guts teemed with far greater numbers of a bacteria called veillonella. File photograph. Photograph: Eric Luke

Could an infusion of bacteria from the guts of athletes help inactive people to exercise more easily? A new study of marathon runners, mice and their(...)

The study found a woman who reached the  threshold of 4,500 steps per day was about 40%  less likely to have died during a  four- to five-year follow-up period than someone taking  2,700 steps each day

How many steps should people take every day for good health? A new study of activity and mortality in older women finds that the total could be lower(...)

Bank of Ireland highlighted what it says is the “competitive disadvantage” of bankers’ pay restrictions  when it met Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, reports the Sunday Independent

Bank of Ireland highlighted what it says is the “competitive disadvantage” of bankers’ pay restrictions with the Department of Finance when it met Min(...)

Prof Marina Lynch: 'My research looks at very important cells in the brain called microglia.'

Congratulations Marina, you are about to receive the Irish Society for Immunology medal and give the related public lecture. What will you be talking (...)

Shane O’Donnell: back in the Clare fold  in advance of the championship which starts next month with a visit to Waterford.   Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Given his speed and diminutive proportions, Anthony Daly’s description of Shane O’Donnell’s hurling style as like a greyhound chasing a hare is fittin(...)

A medical worker in protective wear attending to a patient in a “bio-secure” plastic cube at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo in December. Photograph: Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi/The New York Times

A quarter of people surveyed in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola hotspots believed the virus was not real, a study said on Wednesday, as the worl(...)

Philip Lane: he is set to be confirmed   as the Republic’s first ECB executive board member. He is also the favourite to become the organisation’s chief economist.  Photograph:  Reuters

When Otmar Issing, one of the prime architects of the euro, was asked in 2001 to help select an outstanding European economist under 40, one name stoo(...)

Larry Summers, the former US treasury secretary under Bill Clinton and White House adviser to Barack Obama, was in Trinity College to receive an award from the university’s philosophical society. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Crashing out of the European Union without a deal would constitute “an epic level of idiocy” on the part of the United Kingdom, former US treasury sec(...)

Push-up proficiency probably also indicates an interest in healthy eating, regular exercise and normal weight, all of which could contribute to stronger hearts.

Could push-ups foretell the future and the state of a person’s heart? A recent study in JAMA Network Open hints that this might be the case. It (...)

 Potential unicorns such as Checkr and Earnin are building businesses off the last generation of unicorns by offering services to them. Photograph: Getty Images

Technology startups worth $1 billion, once as rare as unicorns, are now plentiful enough and old enough that there is a new generation behind them – o(...)

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