Sylvia Thompson

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The new children’s food pyramid. Illustration: Paul Scott/The Irish Times

On October 1st, the Department of Health and the Department of Children jointly launched the first healthy-eating guidelines specifically for children(...)

‘It’s important to communicate well with children and teenagers during this time of uncertainty.’

Our experience of living with uncertainty - caused by the global pandemic - can’t be solved by more information alone, according to a leading Irish me(...)

Eva Milka and Eoin Jenkinson of Gaelic Escargot, the snail farm and business they run in County Carlow. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

From hemp and medicinal herbs, a new generation of farmers are exploring new methods and new crops  Eva Milka first came to Ireland from Po(...)

English social geographer Danny Dorling says we are already experiencing a slowdown in terms of population, fertility and even GDP. Photograph:  Simone Padovani/ Awakening/Getty Images

You’d think that there couldn’t be a better time to write a book about the benefits of slowing down but the great irony of Danny Dorling’s new book, S(...)

 Clare Fehin, Speach and Language, Joe Keena, GP, Martina Nolan, Physiotherapist, Siobhan Harnett, GP Registrar, Premnath Margabandhu, Senior Physiotherapist, Phillip Sheeran Purcell, GP Lead, Catherine Whitty, Hub Clinical Coordinator, Oonagh Murphy Asst. Dir of Public Health Nursing, Geraldine Nolan, Public Health Nurse, Meadhbh Larkin, Speach and Language Therapist at the Wicklow Community Assessment Hub in Wicklow town.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Thomas, a healthcare worker in a Dublin long-stay hospital, tested positive for Covid-19 four weeks ago and stayed off work for two weeks. When he ret(...)

A 16th century brewhouse  at the Weald and Downland museum in West Suxxex. “We want to understand how stone masons could drink 14 pints of beer and build cathedrals”

A five-year inter-disciplinary study into the diet and eating habits of Irish communities in the 16th and 17th century aims to bust some myths about t(...)

‘I have admitted defeat and swallowed the realisation that HRT patches are in short supply in Ireland.’ File photograph: iStock

The World Health Organisation is rather busy right now, but my own guidelines on social distancing, which I intend to release for the good of the publ(...)

 Ivan Carroll clears the ball as David Withero attempts to block during a soccer session at Kilmore West Recreational Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It is a sad fact that people with long-term mental illness in Ireland die 15-20 years earlier than the national average. What often happens is that in(...)

Chief executive of the HSE, Paul Reid, at a public briefing on winter flu and coronaviruis, also known as Covid-19. Photograph: Laura Hutton

How can scientists best inform public policymakers at a time when policy decisions are often complex and the science is uncertain? With the spread of (...)

More than just sleep, when awake we should set time aside to rest our minds and bodies

We’ve heard a lot about the importance of getting enough good quality sleep in the past few years but what about rest. In a time when people wear busy(...)

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