Bogland pools, a drawing by Michael Viney

The wifely hands that dispense my daily round of old man’s pills were once those of a busy pharmacist in a small Connacht town. Early in an eventful l(...)

Dr Junying Liu, Prof Helen Sheridan, Dr Shipra Nagar and Dr Gaia Scalabrino.

Research into natural products is on the rise again as scientists in Ireland become 21st-century “medicine hunters” searching for ingredients for dru(...)

Cocksfoot grass: their hint of purple strong against the light in a sunny meadow

Weeks of cold, raw, early rain, then droughty weeks of a misplaced summer; weeks of showery rain again, some of it teasingly warm: such are the mood s(...)

Michael Jung set a new record at the Rolex Kentucky. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Germany’s all-conquering Michael Jung set a new record on Sunday when landing a successive hat-trick of victories on the same horse, fischerRocana FST(...)

Many herbs have medicinal properties and it is important that the taking of such herbs be overseen by a trained physician, say  the Health Products Regulation Authority

Money has sullied conventional medicine, whereas herbal medicine is pure and untainted by the horror of currency, goes one conventional argument. And (...)

Across the world, around 25 per cent of all pharmaceutical medicines are derived from plants

Unlike other alternative medicines such as homeopathy, acupuncture or reiki, herbal medicine and conventional medicine share the same origins. Pharm(...)

The Irish Cancer Society advises cancer patients who are using alternative medicines to be upfront with their doctors. Photograph: Getty

Problems can arise when patients decide to see a herbalist or alternative medicine practitioner but don’t tell their doctor because they’re afraid of (...)

[From left  to right] Professor Helen Sheridan, Trino Therapeutics, Professor Neil Frankish, Trino Therapeutics and Dr Ena Prosser, Fountain Healthcare Partners. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Trinity College spinout company developing a new class of drugs to tackle inflammatory diseases has raised over €9 million to fund clinical trials.D(...)