Dr Paula Bolger: “VR is absolutely perfect for spatial tests. You can’t really do them well on an iPad or with a pen and paper.” Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

“Alzheimer’s disease changes lives. Even though the disease is gradual no one is ever ready for the impact it has on family relationships and responsi(...)

Yoga is now a central  part of the school day in some primary schools. Photograph: iStock

When Mary Casey, a teacher at Ballinora National School in Co Cork, arranged for a yoga teacher to visit her class, she wasn’t sure what to expect. Y(...)

Neuroscientist Sabina Brennan (right) with Dr Laura McAvinue in Trinity college Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Why did you write a book about brain health? “While doing brain research at Trinity College Dublin I read academic papers that showed it is possible (...)

On the research image of the year shortlist: A 3D printed miniature model of Trinity College’s iconic Campanile shown in front of a housefly (Musca domestica). The model is only 2mm tall. It was fabricated using 3D two-photon lithography in AMBER’s new Additive Research Laboratory, where a unique suite of cutting edge Additive Manufacturing tools - 3D printers - are used in cross platform projects including energy storage systems, opto-electronics and medical devices. Photograph: Dr Matthias Kremer TCD

A scientist who is one the world’s leading researchers on nanoscale materials has received the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Researcher of the Year(...)

Some 30 minutes’ exercise a day is essential for optimum health

What started off as a light look at preventing illness has ended up as a virtual guide to living healthily. So, if you believe your health is your wea(...)

 Teresa Murphy, who celebrated her 100th birthday recently, with, left, Anne Murphy, co-ordinator of the Good Morning Louth Service and Mary Gaskin, volunteer.

Part three of our ‘Surviving or Thriving’ series looking at innovative community health projects. For the first time in human history, there will soo(...)

Inducing a brief seizure on a patient by applying a small electrical charge to the brain under anaesthetic is the most effective treatment for severe and life-threatening depression, according to the latest scientific research.

Inducing a brief seizure on a patient by applying a small electrical charge to the brain under anaesthetic is the most effective treatment for severe (...)

‘Some people will feel very ashamed and embarrassed they don’t have friends on call, but many older people lose friends and spouses.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Loneliness. We all know the feeling of being isolated, alone, unconnected. For most of us it might just be an off-day, but loneliness can become a (...)

Having a command of two languages is said to delay the onset of dementia by 4.2 years compared to monolinguals

The brains of older individuals who retain good memory and cognitive skills handle information differently than those who experience failing memory an(...)

Celine Halpin, at her home near Kinnegad, Co Westmeath: like thousands of other people, Halpin has a condition where the senses have become joined and intertwined. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

When Kate Leckie from Wicklow was six or seven, she ran into a problem. As she was colouring in her name, the “K” in Kate was, persistently and(...)

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