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# Research

Last year
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.
Almost 2 in 5 people cutting back on essential heating and electricity due to cost concerns
37% of people have cut back on essential heating and electricity use.
Study claims reluctance to get Covid-19 vaccine may be linked to childhood trauma
The UK study found people who suffer in childhood are also least likely to trust NHS information.
Non-native conifer plantations likely to 'have a damaging impact' on red squirrel conservation
A new study found that native predators in native woodland are key for the species to survive in Ireland and Britain.
‘Trove of racial hatred’ exposed by investigation into online platforms
The director of the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right said its findings “makes it seem that platforms just don’t care enough” to address online abuse.
All time
Apprenticeships and post-grad studies are on the rise according to a new education report
The number of teachers at primary and post-primary level went up from 61,942 in 2016 to 69,343 in 2020.
Scientists may have identified trigger behind rare AstraZeneca-linked blood clots
Additionally, the UK has approved a Covid drug treatment that makers say works against Omicron.
Six in 10 people have reduced social contacts over the last week, new poll shows
44% of people said that they had cancelled plans for the pre-Christmas period within the last week.
Trials of new obesity drug found it can result in weight loss of two stone in six months
The trials took place in ten countries, including Ireland, and involved 706 participants.
One in five people worried they missed out on diagnosis or treatment due to Covid-19 pandemic
More than one-in-ten (11%) adults did not seek treatment despite feeling unwell during this period.
England and New Zealand women to wear impact-monitoring gumshields for November Tests
Leinster, Clermont and Benetton’s men’s teams are also trialling the gumshields as rugby attempts to learn more about its links to head injury.
Ireland's first national survey into suicide bereavement being launched today
The research aims to provide a national profile of the impact of suicide bereavement.
Lone parents and their children account for more than half of all homeless families
Less than 25% of lone parents reported home-ownership, compared with 70% of the total population.
LED streetlights contribute to insect population declines, study finds
‘Eco-friendly’ lights were found to be worse than sodium ones – but both contribute to insect decline, new research has found.
Global study suggests new treatment approach for critically-ill Covid patients
The study involved 1,121 patients in Ireland, the US, Canada, Mexico, France and Spain.
Sex worker activists among world's most 'at risk' human rights defenders
The report notes several cases of activists being asked to provide sex to police in exchange for the freedom of other detained sex workers.
Older people felt 'cancelled' during Covid-19 due to Ireland's 'endemic' ageism, report finds
The report says older people’s health deteriorated during the pandemic and the incidence of depression rose.
Domestic violence costs Irish victims €113,000 over more than 20 years – study
Lost income, health and legal costs and damage to property are cumulatively costing domestic violence victims billions every year.
UCD researchers developing ‘life changing’ treatment for painful skin condition
Epidermolysis bullosa, known as ‘butterfly skin’, is a genetic condition which causes blistering of the skin.
House prices spike 13% across Ireland as supply dips further
Prices are rising at a much faster rate outside Dublin.
Over 95% on PUP would be financially better off in employment – ESRI
The payment is not a disincentive to employment, new research has found.
One-third of nation feels nervous about being able to meet up with people indoors again
That’s according to new polling conducted by Red C on behalf of The Journal.
Global warming responsible for one in three heat-related deaths, says study
The findings are based on simulations of climate, with and without human-induced emissions.
Relationship breakdowns and parental job losses 'key triggers' for child poverty, research shows
The ESRI found that around four in ten young people surveyed experienced at least one spell of poverty between 2007 and 2017.
Almost half of Irish people are concerned about sharing personal information online
This is a decline of 8% from 2019 to 2020, placing Ireland close to the global average of 45%.
People who had difficult childhood events may be struggling with mental health during pandemic, researchers say
A clinical psychologist at NUI Galway says self-compassion and hope are key to mental wellbeing amid Covid-19.
Significant drop in number of children drinking and smoking in the last two decades
More children reported feeling low and being on a diet compared with 1998.
Men in Ireland have less regret over being drunk than women, study suggests
The Global Drugs Survey 2020 found respondents in Ireland were drunk more times in a year than the global average.
Almost three-quarters of Irish adults aged 58 and over have two or more medical conditions
New research from Trinity College should provide a baseline to identify longterm impacts of the pandemic.
More 'robust' proof needed to show link between heading and dementia - FIFPro medical officer
The disease has become a major issue again following the death of Nobby Stiles.
Mouthwash can kill coronavirus within 30 seconds in laboratory tests, study finds
Professor David Thomas said although the study is very encouraging, more clinical research is now needed.
Study finds link between air pollution and neurological disorders
The study is the first nationwide analysis of the link between fine particulate pollution and neurodegenerative diseases in the US.
Bottle-fed babies may ingest 'millions' of microplastics each day, Irish researchers find
The authors noted that it was in developed nations that babies were likely ingesting the most plastic.
First Covid-19 reinfection in US confirmed by researchers
A 25-year-old man with no known immune disorders or underlying conditions was infected with Covid-19 on two separate occasions.
Young people who play sports show lower levels of anxiety and depression, study says
Researchers surveyed more than 5,000 11-20-year-olds late last year.
Ireland's public healthcare expenditure ranks ninth in Europe, ESRI report says
The report author said Ireland’s HCE should not be “interpreted as a measure of hospital service expenditure”.
Selling Our Genes: Government inaction allowing private sector to take control of our DNA
Hospitals and universities across Ireland are collaborating with Genuity Science due to, experts say, lack of a public project or strategy.
Selling Our Genes: UCD agreement with for-profit DNA collection company 'restrictive'
Expert familiar with such agreements cited issues with data access, exclusivity and intellectual property.
Selling Our Genes: Government needs to keep ‘our national identity’ in public ownership
Ireland still has a chance to take control of genomics research – if it follows this advice.