Colin Doherty

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Marie Downey, who died in her room at Cork University Maternity Hospital, with her newborn son beneath her, was known to have epilepsy. Photograph: Facebook

The exact cause of Marie Downey’s death, and that of her infant son, Darragh, in Cork University Maternity Hospital may not be ascertained until an in(...)

Collette Delahunt,  whose son Seán has severe epilepsy and is  now one of 50   people who are undergoing intensive evaluation at the FutureNeuro research centre in Dublin.  Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Just before his fourth birthday Seán Delahunt had his first seizure. Collette Delahunt from Dublin recalls the “dreadful shock for the whole family” w(...)

Photograph: Getty Images

Plans to develop new cannabis-based treatments for some of the most common forms of epilepsy have been announced by a team of Irish scientists. The i(...)

Dr Micky Collins, executive director at University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC): “There is clearly something wrong but we don’t know if concussion is the only variable in some of the scary things we are seeing.”  Photograph: by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

A fundamental disagreement in how brain injuries should be treated exists between leading US experts and what was agreed at last year’s international (...)

“If sub-concussive blows are the problem then there are big implications for the way the game is played. All games.”

A study of rugby playing teenagers has discovered sub-concussive blows can cause brain injury. Trinity College research group, led by Dr Colin Doher(...)

 Consultant neurologists hope  to provide clarity  on the issue of  medicinal cannabis for patients with epilepsy

Irish neurologists are to draw up guidelines on the safe use of medicinal cannabis for patients with epilepsy. An expert group made up of consultant(...)

 Vera Twomey    with her daughter Ava, who suffers from Dravet’s Syndrome: Ms Twomey  is   walking to Dublin in support of the legalisation of medicinal cannabis. File photograph:  Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Families seeking to treat their sick children with medicinal cannabis are being subjected to ripoffs and misleading information, the mother of the fir(...)

Former Ireland rugby captain Keith Wood: “When there’s two or three or four guys in an international rugby game going off with concussion . . . That can’t be acceptable.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Different rules should be enforced in underage and amateur rugby to ensure players are not exposed to the same risk of injury and concussion as profes(...)

Cannabis as a medicine has the uncommon property of having no lethal dose which means that it has never killed any patient, ever.

There was great joy in the Dáil last Thursday with the passing of the People Before Profit Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 through its(...)

Card-carrying medical marijuana patients  at the first-ever cannabis farmers’ market in Los Angeles. Photograph:  Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The speed with which our legislators have taken to heart a proposal to legalise medicinal cannabis smacks of undue haste and a pandering to fashion. (...)

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