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# Research

Last month
September 2023
Means-tested extra child benefit payment could lift 40,000 children out of poverty
Research published by the ESRI, found that a means-tested second tier of child benefit could reduce child poverty in Ireland by a quarter.
Nearly 30% of Irish 16-year-olds say they gambled within the previous year
A new report looks into gambling among Irish teenagers.
This year
2023
Air pollution could be linked to antibiotic resistance, new research finds
Almost half a million premature deaths in 2018 were linked to antibiotic resistance potentially resulting from air pollution.
Irish households generally don't spend more income on housing compared to elsewhere in Europe
Research published today by the ESRI, funded by the Department of Housing, explores the housing affordability challenges faced in Ireland.
New drug which slows progression of Alzheimer’s disease hailed as a 'turning point'
The health spending watchdog in England is already assessing whether the drug can be used in the NHS.
Why are female journalists targets for online abuse, and what can be done about it?
Recent research from DCU highlights the extent to which women in journalism face abuse and harassment online.
Prof Philip Nolan appointed as head of new research agency
The agency will amalgamate the activities and functions of the Irish Research Council (IRC) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).
'They sent me an image of my photoshopped face on a pile of people being burnt'
A report by
Lauren Boland
A new DCU study published today reveals the hostility and abuse that women in journalism have faced online in Ireland.
Most fact-based counterarguments to conspiracy beliefs don't work, study finds
An analytical mindset and critical thinking skills are the most effective means of challenging conspiracy beliefs.
Debunked: Recent studies indicate masks can be effective at preventing the spread of disease
A 2022 study on mandates for Catalan schoolchildren had been touted as proof masks don’t work.
There is no academic advantage to attending single-sex schools in Ireland, research suggests
The study was undertaken by researchers at the University of Limerick.
Opinion: Music can unlock memories and evoke emotions for people with dementia
Music therapist Lisa Kelly looks at the discussion around the positive benefits of music for people with dementia.
One in four people in Ireland have low-level exposure to weed killer, research says
Glyphosate is currently being reevaluated for use in the EU with a final decision expected in July.
Last year
2022
Universal basic income could help low-paid workers but it may not target those most in need
The Economic and Social Research Institute has published a report detailing the pros and cons of UBI.
Fossil ‘overturns more than a century of knowledge about origin of modern birds’
Each of the roughly 11,000 species of birds on Earth today is classified into one of two groups, based on the arrangement of their palate bones.
One in every five low paid workers in Ireland is aged over 50, report finds
Of the 420,000 low paid workers in Ireland, approximately 80,000 individuals are aged over 50.
Eight glasses of water per day may be too much, scientists conclude
Researchers at the University of Aberdeen estimate humans only really need around 1.5 to 1.8 litres per day.
New marine research vessel named after Tom Crean commissioned in Dingle
The RV Tom Crean will be at sea for 300 operational days each year.
Dogs can sniff out the scent of stress, new study from Belfast researchers suggests
Researchers say the skill could be useful when training service dogs and therapy dogs.
Drinking two to three cups of coffee a day linked with longer lifespan, research suggests
When compared with avoiding coffee, it was also associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Almost 1 in 4 people close to retirement age have no pension plan
38% of adults surveyed have no pension plan in place.
Many Irish people are in denial about their drinking habits, new research finds
Two in three regular binge drinkers failed to recognise their consumption of alcohol was at an excessive level.
Inequalities in mortality rates across socio-economic and ethnic groups remain in Ireland
That’s according to research published today by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder 'may be detectable years before illnesses begin'
A new study led by UCD suggests the possibility of earlier intervention and even prevention of the illnesses.
Tea associated with a lower risk of mortality, research suggests
Researchers said it did not matter if the person also drank coffee or added milk or sugar to their tea.
False Widow spiders up to 230 times more poisonous than native species, study finds
The research was conducted by scientists from the Ryan Institute in NUI Galway.
Opinion: The hyperfocus on our punters blinds people to the real issues sex workers face
A sex worker writes about her experiences and what needs to change, on foot of new research about sex work in Ireland.
Installing electric heat pumps in Irish homes could increase costs by up to 46%
The ESRI study found that retrofitting homes to a standard needed to support a heat pump was ‘by far’ the greatest driver of cost.
Study launched into outdoor swimming as alternative to antidepressants
Ecotherapy – therapeutic intervention through nature – is known to boost people’s mood.
Researchers call for action to address health inequalities in light of cost of living crisis
Health experts from three universities have said that the cost of living crisis, will disproportionately affect the health of the most vulnerable people in Ireland.
Bringing native lynx and wolves back to Ireland could help curb damaging deer, research finds
Invasive species, such as sika deer, are “evolutionary naive” to native predators.
Frequent bad dreams and nightmares linked to Parkinson’s in new study
Experts think there is growing evidence that regular bad dreams could be an early warning sign for developing the condition.
Irish businesses divided on going cashless within a decade
The counties most confident of this transition are Dublin (55%) and Galway (51%).
Three quarters of long Covid patients consuming problematic levels of alcohol
Two new studies have found that complications arising from long Covid are primarily brain related – not heart and lung conditions, as previously thought.
Three in five people believe they will have to cut back on food spending over the coming year
Consumer pessimism is at its highest level for nine years.
Pensioner goes to A&E with memory loss after day-time sex with wife
The curious case appears in the latest edition of the Irish Medical Journal.
Taking painkillers in pregnancy 'more likely to lead to complications'
University of Aberdeen researchers looked at more than 151,000 pregnancies over a 30-year period.
Sea levels in Dublin Bay have risen at nearly double global rate since 1997, research shows
The research was led by the Hamilton Institute and ICARUS Climate Research Centre at Maynooth University.
Eating vegetables may not protect against heart disease, study suggests
The findings challenge previous research that suggests eating more vegetables is linked to a lower risk of heart attack, stroke and death.
Depression a 'neglected global health crisis' despite impacting one in 20 people each year - study
The study, commissioned by The Lancet, found that depression remains poorly recognised and misunderstood despite being a common condition.