While physical activity reduces the risk of a range of ailments such as heart disease, dementia, some cancers and type 2 diabetes,  it does not promote weight loss, according to the research. Photograph: iStockphoto

For somebody exercising solely to lose weight, the one thing more soul destroying than the calorie counter on your treadmill telling you after 30 minu(...)

Digital economy: “Of the estimated €6 billion spent online annually by Irish consumers, 60 to 70 per cent goes overseas.”

There are more than 200,000 small and medium-sized businesses in Ireland, but a massive 92 per cent of these can’t process sales online. Furthermore, (...)

A male Wakatobi Flowerpecker. Photographs: David Kelly and Nicola Marples

To get to the remote Wakatobi island in Indonesia where he is studying a unique bird species, Seán Kelly has to fly from Dublin to the Middle East, fl(...)

Mark Pollock at the Fail Better exhibition in Trinity’s Science Gallery. Photograph: Alan Betson

Being blind and paralysed from the waist down has not stopped Mark Pollock from achieving more in his 38 years than most fully able-bodied people do i(...)

Emma Gilbey and her husband, Robert, with their son, Charlie. Emma had a massive haemorrhage after giving birth and lost almost four litres of blood.

When I went into labour with my first baby, I never expected to end up in intensive care fighting for my life following the birth, but that’s e(...)

‘A key finding [of the report] was that the dementia care training provided in all of the acute hospitals to doctors, nurses and allied healthcare professionals was not sufficient.’ Photograph: Getty Images

MICHELLE McDONAGHThe first national audit of the quality of dementia care in Ireland’s acute hospitals has identified major gaps in the level of patie(...)

Joe Sheerin: ‘My doctors and nurses were very good at explaining things but it’s great to talk to people who have been through the same illness and come out the other side.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I had just got off the train at Connolly Station, heading into my office in Dublin city centre, on a typical Friday morning in February 2011 and was w(...)

Dr Mark Rowe: ‘I encourage people to look at the silver lining rather than the dark cloud.’

A good evening at the theatre can leave you feeling energised, stimulated and deeply moved, but theatre-goers at the new show of an Irish GP are being(...)

Ann Keilthy  at her home in Blackrock, Co Dublin Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I was 44 when I watched Muhammad Ali light the Olympic flame on television in 1996. I had always admired the great boxer and enjoyed watching him on t(...)

In Ireland we tend to drink in groups and in a round which means we are drinking much faster. Photograph: Getty Images

Knowing how much you are drinking, exercising moderation, pacing yourself and an absolute no to drink driving are important seasonal messages around a(...)

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