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# Research

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# Lockdown
Researchers seek volunteers for Irish study on impact of quarantine on romantic relationships
Stressful experiences can impact on couples, but support from a partner during anxious times can also help alleviate stress.
# Coronavirus
Repurposed drugs may be a 'cheap option' to treat Covid-19 patients until a vaccine is developed
A study has shown that a vaccine to protect against SARS-CoV2 may be 12-18 months away from development.
# Queen's University
Belfast researchers launch clinical trial for Covid-19 patients using umbilical cord cells
The trial is being led by professors at Queen’s University, Belfast.
# Hubei province
China's shutdown of Wuhan in January may have prevented 700,000 new cases, researchers say
The researchers used a combination of case reports, public health information, and mobile phone location tracking.
# change of tack
UK advises against all non-essential foreign travel for 30 days
Meanwhile, scientists say that the UK had ‘no time to lose’ in changing coronavirus strategy to prevent thousands of deaths
# Waiting for Therapy
Three-quarters of children with autism not getting needs met in public system
Some families are going into debt because of their child’s condition – one to the tune of €150,000.
# gut feeling
Eating a Mediterranean diet boosts chances of 'healthy' ageing among older people
A Mediterranean diet promotes gut bacteria linked to healthy ageing, according to a UCC study.
'Sexuality does not affect your athletic performance... We don't want people taking their own life'
Marc Leckie of the Harlequins Foundation talks to The42 about their research into the use of homophobic language in sport.
# screen time
Toddlers who view screens for over three hours a day are 'less physically active at age five'
That’s according to a new study carried out on 500 children.
# Research
Gluten-free snacks are 'not as healthy as many people think and most who buy them are not coeliac'
More than one in five people buy gluten-free foods, 92% of whom do not have a gluten-related disorder, according to new research.
# No Problem
'I don't think it's a huge issue for us' - Cork star on GAA's binge-drinking culture
Darragh Fitzgibbon says the Cork hurlers have a sensible attitude in relation to alcohol.
# Research
Scientists develop monthly contraceptive pill, but it's only been tested on pigs so far
The pill sits in the stomach and dissolves slowly, releasing the hormones required to prevent pregnancy.
# Cystic Fibrosis
New approach to treating cystic fibrosis could reduce the need for lung transplants, RCSI study finds
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects around 1,300 children and adults in Ireland.
# Poverty
Life expectancy in Ireland's most deprived area 7 years lower than most affluent area
That’s according to a new report published by Trinity College Dublin researchers today.
# good man
Dog years are a myth and puppies are middle-aged, scientists claim
‘Who’s a good man?’
# Growing up in Ireland
Ireland's 20-year-olds are stressed, living with their parents and worried about housing
Financial security and a good job were their priorities for the next 10 years, according to the Growing Up In Ireland report.
# Measles
Measles can cause immune system to become 'more baby-like', study finds
The research found that the measles virus deletes part of the immune system’s memory.
# new research
Study that finds footballers are three-and-a-half times more likely to die from dementia '15 years too late'
Ex-Celtic and England striker Chris Sutton has expressed his anger after the report’s release yesterday.
# Food Labelling
Restaurants with nutritional info on menus serve healthier food
Eateries that share nutritional information on menus were found to have 45% less fat and 60% less salt than those that don’t.
# Sleep
School intervention in sleep may help children get to bed earlier, new study finds
A study of sixth-class pupils found a 21% rise in those going to bed before 11pm after learning more about sleep.
# cancer treatment
Irish research on type of breast cancer may have found new treatment approach
One in eight breast cancer patients have a particular form that is difficult to treat.
# Study
Repetitive knocks key to understanding MMA and rugby-related head injuries, Trinity scientists say
The study was undertaken by the Trinity-led concussion research interest group.
# bright side of life
Being optimistic can help you live longer, a new study finds
The research suggests that having a positive attitude could keep you living to 85 and beyond.
# Study
Amazon, Microsoft and Intel may be putting world at risk through killer robot developments, study says
The report surveyed major players from the tech sector about their stance on lethal autonomous weapons.
# microplastics
Microplastics found in Arctic and Alps after being carried by wind and snow, scientists warn
The researchers have called for urgent research to assess the health risks of inhalation.
# online banking tools
'Approach with your eyes open': Default options can sway customers buying financial products online
Longer default options leads people to sign up for longer loan terms and pay more interest.
# Climate Change
Climate change happening faster than many animals can adapt, study finds
Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris has launched a public consultation on the impact of climate change on the health sector.
# Renting
Figures suggest two-in-five renters in 'pressure zones' still being hit with rent increases above 4%
Under RPZ legislation, annual rent rises are capped at 4% in certain areas.
# Homelessness
Landlords selling a private rental property one of the main drivers of family homelessness in Dublin
The research from homeless charity Focus Ireland examines family homelessness in Dublin.
# Epilepsy
Irish researchers make discovery which may lead to epilepsy 'warning system'
The discovery was made by researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
# Abortion
HSE to spend up to €60k on abortion in Ireland research study
Abortion services were introduced in Ireland earlier this year.
# gut reaction
Bacteria discovered in Cork improves ability to cope with stress
The bacteria is being developed for a microbacterial and vitamin supplement.
# Research
Countries that help working class students get into university have happier citizens
That’s according to a study published in the British Journal of Sociology of Education
# chemsex
Messages highlighting dangers of drug use during sex need to target wider audience
Researchers say the messages should not only focus on gay and bisexual men.
# Research
Drinking alcohol during teenage years linked with stunted brain growth
Many teens start drinking just as their brains begin to undergo important developments.
# Video Games
This video game training device is helping stroke survivors regain arm movement
Most of the 32 study participants experienced increased arm mobility and reduced arm stiffness after using the game.
# vaping
Teen vapers are more likely to use sweet-flavoured e-cigarettes than adult vapers, study finds
The US Food and Drug Administration has declared youth e-cigarette use as an epidemic in the country.
# Job Losses
This town in Longford is the most at-risk place from job automation in the country
Research from University College Cork has identified the top 10 most at-risk towns in Ireland for the first time.
# music knowledge
Millennials still recognise songs from music's 1960s-90s golden age, study finds
By contrast, their recognition of musical hits from 2000 to 2015 diminishes rapidly over time.
# buzz buzz
Bees have brains that can figure out basic maths, new study finds
The researchers built on their previous finding that honeybees can understand the concept of zero.