Prof Helen Whelton believes Ireland’s hospitals need to be scaled up. File photograph: Alan Betson

Prof Helen Whelton believes in the power of research to improve people’s lives and boost the economy. So much so, in fact, that she argues research in(...)

The Apple Watch  proves useful in detecting an irregular heartbeat

An irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation is a condition that can go undiagnosed in many individuals because it doesn’t necessarily exhibit any sy(...)

Dr Garret A Fitzgerald: “Now that the Dublin skyline is crowded with cranes again, I’d love to see an initiative to foster and support the hard sciences.”

Garret, you have won lots of awards for your work as a physician and scientist, and you will soon be inducted into the Italian and German academies of(...)

“Declaring your enslavement to Big Macs is not met with the same emotion as revealing a drug or alcohol addiction.” Photograph: iStock

“My drug of choice is food. I use food for the same reasons an addict uses drugs: to comfort, to soothe, to ease stress.” – Oprah Winfrey When it is(...)

1) Self-testing kits for HIV should not be relied on as the sole means to check for HIV, according to the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA).(...)

Researchers concluded that the vaping process itself increases the damage caused by the e-cigarette fluid. Photograph: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

E-cigarette vapour destroys protective cells which keep the lungs clear of harmful particles, according to a new study published by the British Medic(...)

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(...)

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