Pregnant women who resort to e-cigarettes or nicotine patches to avoid smoking may increase the risk of their new borns becoming cot-death victims, ne(...)

Newborn babies do not respond optimally to most vaccines due to their immature immune system. Photograph: Nicole S Young/E+/Getty

Irish scientists have discovered a distinct immune response system in newborn babies, which could lead to a reduction in the age at which vaccines can(...)

The study found that “many kinds of bacteria can be deposited on hands exposed to bathroom hand dryers”

Research has shown that putting the toilet lid down before flushing will reduce airborne bacteria but, in public bathrooms, you cannot guarantee that (...)

Air pollution is the worst type of fatal pollution, linked to 6.5 million deaths in 2015, according to a global investigation  published in The Lancet.  File photograph: Getty Images

Pollution is blamed for up to nine million deaths each year worldwide, disproportionately affecting people living in some of the world’s poorest count(...)

Prof Mary Horgan will on Wednesday become the first woman president of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in its 363-year history. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It is time to review the HPAT aptitude test Leaving Certificate students must pass when applying for medicine at third level in Ireland, the president(...)

Dr Hagai Levine, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who co-led the research, said the  study “is an urgent wake-up call for researchers and health authorities around the world to investigate the causes of the sharp ongoing drop in sperm count, with the goal of prevention.” Photograph: Hebrew University/PA

Sperm counts of Western men are in a “shocking” downward spiral that poses a potential threat to fertility in industrialised countries, a major study (...)

Prof Patrick Johnston: His memorial is the many who have survived or avoided cancer thanks to his work

Paddy Johnston, who has died suddenly after a cycle ride in Donegal, was internationally recognised as a leading cancer researcher, and an outstanding(...)

Geneticist Prof Kenneth Wolfe of UCD, who has been elected a fellow of the Royral Society.

A genetic scientist based at University College Dublin has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his scientific research. Kenn(...)

Pictured (l-r) are co-founders of EpiCor Therapeutics, a UCD School of  Medicine start-up: Dr Chris Watson, Dr Nadia Glezeva and Dr John Baugh,  overall winner of the 2016 UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Programme

The development of a drug to treat devastating heart disease and a revolutionary system that cuts wound closure time after surgery by 80 per cent are (...)

When the Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui  told reporters at the Rio Olympics that she was suffering from period pain during a relay, her comments raised eyebrows and lit up Twitter. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

When the Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui casually told reporters at the Rio Olympics that she was suffering from period pain during a relay, her comments r(...)

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