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# research - Friday 27 January, 2017

Corn diet turning French hamsters into deranged cannibals which eat their young

The animals are lacking vitamins which researchers believe is the reason for their altered behaviour.

# research - Friday 20 January, 2017

Obese people less likely to die after heart operations compared to those of healthy weight

A study carried out over 11 years found patients with a healthy weight were almost twice as likely to die in hospital compared to people who were obese or overweight.

# research - Thursday 12 January, 2017

Marijuana 'eases chronic pain, but may increase risk of schizophrenia'

A US study has found that cannabis almost certainly reduces chronic pain and eases nausea from chemotherapy.

# research - Thursday 5 January, 2017

A new study suggests living near a busy road could increase your chances of dementia

The study found no link between traffic exposure and Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis.

# research - Wednesday 4 January, 2017

Sugar-free drinks won't help you lose weight

New research says there is no solid evidence to support claims the drinks help prevent obesity.

# research - Tuesday 20 December, 2016

Cork researchers develop 'smart knee' that could speed up surgery recovery

The device remotely monitors the patient’s progress through a knee movement sensor.

# research - Friday 9 December, 2016

Irish scientists mix silly putty with graphene to create ultra-sensitive health sensors

‘G-putty’ is said to be 100 times more receptive than a normal sensor and is able to detect the footsteps of small spiders.

# research - Sunday 4 December, 2016

Don't sleep on it: Going to bed angry makes it worse

Memories of negative or traumatic events often last longer than those of positive or neutral experiences, and sleep doesn’t help.

'It really changed everything for me': How magic mushrooms helped treat anxiety in cancer patients

A day after taking the psychedelic drug, four in five patients no longer qualified as clinically anxious.

# research - Friday 18 November, 2016

Urinary problems and erectile dysfunction - men with prostate cancer share their experiences

A new study will engage with 1,300 men to receive information on their quality of life before and throughout their treatments.

# research - Tuesday 15 November, 2016

Irish mathematicians working hard to make the perfect cup of coffee

The process of making a perfect cup of coffee is “hideously complicated”, say researchers

# research - Wednesday 2 November, 2016

A new map shows where people are getting the least vitamin D in Dublin

The map charts vitamin D deficiency rates across the Dublin area.

# research - Tuesday 1 November, 2016

Over 11,000 pregnant women at risk of depression in Ireland - study

A new study shows the probability of women becoming depressed during pregnancy in Ireland.

# research - Monday 31 October, 2016

Irish researchers discover potential new way to treat one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer

If the new drug – APR-246 – is found to be effective at clinical trials it will have the potential to save lives.

# research - Tuesday 25 October, 2016

Irish plastic surgeon and bat expert have teamed up to find the cause of cleft palate in humans

Clefts affect approximately 1 in every 700 babies in Ireland.

# research - Monday 17 October, 2016

Study shows vast majority of Irish women who took abortion pills feel they made right decision

The study examined the experiences of women who accessed abortion pills online.

# research - Tuesday 20 September, 2016

Trinity study seeks women exposed to Hepatitis C-contaminated product in 70s

Almost half of the women screened, who had contact with the virus, showed no signs of infection after.

# research - Sunday 18 September, 2016

# research - Wednesday 14 September, 2016

The number of women in the workforce is likely to go up a lot in the next few years

In general, the percentage of women in the workforce had risen hugely since the early 1990s.

# research - Thursday 8 September, 2016

Irish workers 'need to be saving €1,000 a month to fund retirement'

A study from Deloitte says that people need to start saving much more to maintain their living standards.

# research - Thursday 1 September, 2016

€945 million sale of Blanchardstown Shopping Centre was most expensive in Ireland's history

New research found Q2 of this year was Ireland’s strongest ever in the commercial property market.

# research - Wednesday 31 August, 2016

More US adults are using marijuana as they don't think it's harmful

There have been a number of calls for cannabis to be legalised in Ireland for medical reasons.

People with a 'cold' face are judged more harshly than others

New research shows people often make a “moral judgment” based on facial expressions.

# research - Sunday 21 August, 2016

There may not be such thing as a "healthy obese"

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, affecting approximately 600 million people worldwide.

# research - Saturday 13 August, 2016

Is sex after alcohol different to sex after cannabis? According to a study, yes

Researchers from NYU studied how alcohol and marijuana affected sexual experiences.

# research - Friday 12 August, 2016

A 400-year-old Greenland shark has been found to be the world's oldest vertebrate

The shark was probably born sometime between 1500 and 1740 with the most likely birth year 1620.

# research - Sunday 7 August, 2016

New study shows tigers, lions and other carnivores becoming endangered as prey dwindles

A quarter of the main land carnivores’ prey are now threatened themselves.

# research - Saturday 6 August, 2016

Ireland's researchers are punching above their weight despite 'below-average investment'

Science Foundation Ireland is training people for industry – not to be “the next professors”.

# research - Tuesday 2 August, 2016

New study finds last woolly mammoths died of thirst

Mammoths lived on Alaska’s St Paul Island in the Bering Sea until about 5,600 years ago.

# research - Sunday 31 July, 2016

This is how much taller Irish people have gotten in the last 100 years

New research has charted growth trends and differences across 200 countries.

# research - Tuesday 26 July, 2016

Dutch men are the tallest in the world (but the Irish aren't so short themselves)

New research has tracked growth trends across 200 countries for the past 100 years.

# research - Sunday 17 July, 2016

What do you mean by 'bird-brain'? Baby ducks can actually learn differences between objects

So ‘bird-brain’ is quite an unfair slur, really.

# research - Saturday 16 July, 2016

Strokes are largely preventable with 10 risk factors responsible for 90% of them

The two major types of stroke include ischaemic stroke caused by blood clots, which accounts for 85% of strokes, and haemorrhagic stroke or bleeding into the brain, which accounts for 15% of strokes.

# research - Friday 1 July, 2016

Worried about your eyesight failing? Turns out there's something you can do about it

New Irish-based research proves conclusively that taking certain natural supplements can sharpen already healthy eyesight.

# research - Sunday 26 June, 2016

College graduates at higher risk of cancerous brain tumours, researchers find

“It was a surprising result which is difficult to explain,” the lead author of the study said.

# research - Sunday 12 June, 2016

People are more likely to protect women than men

Chivalry isn’t dead.

# research - Wednesday 8 June, 2016

Think taking hands-free calls while driving is safe? Think again

New research says driving while talking on a hands-free device can be as distracting as using a hand-held phone.

# research - Wednesday 25 May, 2016

Should people in rural areas pay more to get broadband?

While almost half of those with slow speeds would be willing to pay more, the majority of people in rural areas are against it.

# research - Thursday 19 May, 2016

Most evictions in Ireland are from rented homes - and we don't pay enough attention to them

There are few records kept on illegal evictions across the European Union, despite the high levels in some countries.

# research - Tuesday 17 May, 2016

Magic mushrooms might be able to help people with severe depression

A small trial has found that a compound made from the mushrooms helped people with treatment-resistant depression.