Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Monday 11 December 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Research

All time
A single concussion may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease by 56%
Researchers also found that those with a traumatic brain injury were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease an average of two years earlier than those without.
This is why expressive brows might have mattered during human evolution
Mobile eyebrows gave us the communication skills to establish large, social networks.
Living near a green space may not have any impact on obesity
New research found obesity levels in the greenest areas were actually higher than those with a medium amount of green space.
If you're a night owl, you're likely to die younger...
New research suggests that a person’s internal clock may be at odds with their external environment – and that they should be allowed start work later.
75% of chronic pulmonary disease cases linked to childhood illnesses and parental smoking
The findings were published in The Lancet journal this week.
Men perceive themselves as smarter, even compared to women whose grades are just as good
A new study has found that women are far more likely to underestimate their own intelligence than men.
Parts of the Amazon thought uninhabited were actually home to up to a million people
Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that there were hundreds of villages in the rainforest away from major rivers.
Judge warns David Drumm jury not to carry out research on social media
Judge Karen O’Connor said the jury must come to their own conclusion based on the evidence they hear in court.
Banana plant extract could be key to creamier, longer lasting ice cream
Researchers have found that adding tiny cellulose fibres extracted from banana plant waste to ice cream could slow melting.
Sick air travelers are mostly likely to infect those in the next row, study reveals
Researchers also warned that infectious crew members could infect an average of 4.6 passengers per flight.
Netflix criticised over amount of smoking in its original programmes
The worst offender was Stranger Things with 182 scenes with cigarettes.
False information travels much faster than the truth on Twitter
Falsehoods are 70% more likely to be retweeted than the truth, new research has found.
50% body burn used to kill people up to the age of 40 but now half can survive 95% burn
Researchers of a new study are hoping their findings inspire burn units to try to keep people with extensive burns alive as it can be done.
The Paris Climate Agreement is REALLY expensive... but it could end up saving us money
Its cost could be outweighed by health savings in the area of air pollution disease and death.
'We're going to find out how they lived': Researchers to look under the Irish Sea for evidence of first settlers
Under the Irish sea is a prehistoric ‘palaeolandscape’ of plains, hills, marshlands and river valleys.
Heavy drinkers have higher risk of getting dementia
In a new study, the majority of early-onset dementia diagnoses were related to chronic heavy drinking.
Myth debunked: Neither the low-carb nor the low-fat diet is superior
Cutting either carbs or fats shaves off excess weight in about the same proportion.
New blood and urine tests can indicate autism in children earlier
The “first of their kind” tests measure damage to proteins that can be an early indicator of autism.
'A gender equality paradox': Countries with more gender equality have fewer female STEM grads
The researchers believe this might be because countries with less gender equality often have little welfare support.
Organic food provides significant environmental benefits to vegetarian diets - research
The study of over 34,000 people is the first to examine the environmental impacts of both food choices and farm production systems.
School programmes having no impact on childhood obesity in the UK
New research suggests it’s time to try other methods to fight the escalating obesity problem.
People living in areas of high radon exposure at higher risk of lung cancer
The ESRI has linked cancer figures with geographical data on radon gas.
First Irish populations had dark skin similar to Cheddar Man, DNA research suggests
This week, UK scientists confirmed that the first modern Briton had dark skin and blue eyes.
New system will monitor newborns to detect brain injury
Researchers based in Cork have been awarded €570,000 to develop the system.
Why do we trust, or not trust, strangers? The answer is based on those we've previously known
Research has revealed that strangers resembling past individuals known to be trustworthy are trusted more.
Ibuprofen during pregnancy could harm fertility of unborn baby girls - study
One in three women are estimated to use ibuprofen in the first three months of pregnancy.
Number of elderly people with four or more diseases to double by 2035
A third of these people will be diagnosed with dementia, depression or a cognitive impairment.
Researchers say new blood test for cancer could catch disease before it spreads
In 83% of cases, the test was even able to narrow down where the cancer was anatomically located.
Bikram yoga is 'no more effective than yoga practiced at room temperature'
This type of yoga is carried out in a room heated to 35–42 degrees Celsius.
'You can't stop a student from competing because their mother is a scientist'
Dr Tony Scott, co-founder of the BTYSTE, said this year’s winner has an “amazing” level of knowledge.
Is handing out free food and clothes to homeless people really the best way to help them?
A large number of groups feed and clothes homeless people in Ireland – but are they really helping?
Myth debunked: Age isn't a risk factor for complications after surgery among older patients
Instead, frailty, depressive symptoms, cognitive impairment and smoking were associated with postoperative complications.
Women who work nights have a strikingly increased risk of getting cancer
Overall long-term night shift work increased the risk of cancer by 19%.
13% of secondary school students have sent a nude or semi-nude video of themselves
Males are more likely than females to engage in sexting, a new survey has found.
'Take the smallest dose for the shortest period of time': Ibuprofen linked to male fertility problems
The study found healthy, young men developed fertility issues after taking the drug for six weeks.
Ancient DNA evidence reveals story of first Native Americans to enter the continent
A team of researchers made the discovery using DNA from a six-month-old Native American infant.
We're one step closer to understanding the 'most mysterious star in the universe'
Tabby’s Star has been inexplicably dimming and brightening sporadically like no other for years.
Popularity on Facebook could be key to targeted flu vaccinations - study
A new study has concluded that people who are central in their digital networks are also central in their real-life human networks.
Your Christmas turkey could be chemical-filled if UK agrees on post-Brexit trade deal
Researchers found US poultry – washed in up to four chemical disinfectants – does not meet EU safety standards.
This video game helps doctors perform better in severe trauma situations
Physicians who played the game had a 53% failure rate, compared to 74% for those who studied the textbooks.