Science & Technology


New Advice! Exercise During Pregnancy

New Advice! Exercise During Pregnancy Health advice from our mothers and aunties can be dangerously out of date. Especially when they are repeating the advice of doctors of 50 years ago. Then the advice was “take it easy, put your feet up” and ‘eat for two” for expectant mothers. That advice... 

Middle Child Syndrome

Middle Child Syndrome Colman Noctor, a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at St. Patrick’s University Hospital, was recently on NewsTalk and joined Sean Moncrieff on the subject of ‘Middle Child Syndrome’. He gave some parents with questions about their children’s behaviour problems advice... 

New Brain Test Determines Self Confidence

Scientists have designed a procedure called ‘decoded neurofeedback’ to help to examine people’s brain activity associated with feelings of self confidence. Whenever brain activity shows feelings of confidence the participants were given a reward such as a small amount of money.  The researchers... 

Glowing Molecules Could Reveal Cancer

  Glowing Molecules Could Reveal Cancer Researchers may have discovered a new method for determining if you have skin cancer.  Presently if you are concerned about a mole, some of your skin is cut off and sent to the laboratory for a procedure called a biopsy. Scientists then inject the skin with dye... 

Are Older People Better Problem Solvers?

Are Older People Better Problem Solvers? Researchers have discovered that older adults tend to be better at creative problem solving compared to younger adults.  Scientists researched over 100 studies of people involving problem solving and aging from 1960 to 2016.  This reviewed data on people’s... 

Yo-Yo Dieting May Affect Your Heart

We have all been unhappy about our weight and have gone on a diet at some point in our life. But some people, particularly women, constantly are on a yo-yo diet even if they aren’t overweight. A study of almost 160,000 postmenopausal women took part in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) which researched... 

Trauma Effects Girls & Boys Differently

A new study has shown that girls and boys suffer the effects of trauma differently. This is in the area of the brain which is connected with empathy and emotional awareness. The researchers said that the part of the brain called the anterior circular sulcus was larger in boys who had symptoms of trauma,... 

Can Stem Cell Patches Help Heart Problems?

Can Stem Cell Patches Help Heart Problems? Heart problems are very prevalent in Ireland but thankfully science has come a long way with been able to treat them effectively.  In a recent study researchers used grafts of heart tissue cells to repair failing hearts in guinea pigs.  The researchers are... 

Male Contraception Reduces Pregnancy Risk

Most of us are familiar with contraceptive methods for women which have had positive results in lowering the risk of unwanted pregnancies, but now scientists have produced a contraceptive method for men. The study was published last week, on October 27 th in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology &... 

New Vaccine Could Help Coeliac Disease

Scientists have discovered that a new vaccine may help to cure gluten intolerance in coeliac sufferers. Presently there is no treatment for coeliac disease except, obviously for them to eliminate gluten from their diet. This means removing wheat, barley, rye and even oats because oats can be cross contaminated... 

New Drug May Reduce Alcohol Abuse

New Drug May Reduce Alcohol Abuse Scientists have discovered a new drug which has shown to reduce alcohol addiction in some people.  The study involved 144 people who have alcohol use disorder, which means that alcohol causes problems to their work life and relationships.  The participants were consuming... 

Different Medicine for Him and Her

Different Medicine for Him and Her Men and women are often treated in the same way for their health problems, but research has shown that because we are not the same biologically, our treatment should be different when it comes to health problems, such as heart attacks etc.  The reasons why we are... 

Is Oxytocin Linked to Feeling Spiritual?

Is Oxytocin Linked to Feeling Spiritual? Oxytocin is probably best known as the hormone responsible for causing uterine contractions during labour and helping to shrink the uterus after the birth.  It also causes the woman’s body to release milk when an infant suckles on its mother’s breast, and... 

HIV Can Be Cured With Stem Cell Therapy

For years now there have been great excitement about the latest stem cell therapy being a practical cure for people who have been infected with the HIV virus. The reason this therapy is making headlines is because with stem cell therapy you will not need daily medication as is the case with the antiretroviral... 

Cold Sore Kills Baby Girl

  Cold Sore Kills Baby Girl This is the tragic story of a young couple whose beautiful new born baby girl dies suddenly.  Their baby was born healthy, but because of contracting a fatal cold sore virus, her organs failed and she passed away at just 12 days old.  Despite their heartbreaking experience... 

Digital Hub Makes It To The Web Awards

Two companies at the Digital Hub have been shortlisted for this year’s Web Awards 2016. Athena Media and Silicon Republic were nominated for categories of Best Arts and Culture and Best Daily Web Only Publication. Athena Media was shortlisted for their transmedia creative arts project “Wild Stories”... 

Cybercrime

Cybercrime Crime is a word we are all familiar to. Defining crime is a little bit harder, so let’s say that breaking a law that has been put in place in a Government’s constitution or the Law could be considered a crime. Cybercrime is a relatively new area of crime that has emerged from the use... 

The Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

The Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Aloe vera is a well known medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years. Most of us are familiar with using it as an aftersun lotion when we have over done it in the sun.  It has a very cooling, soothing effect and is beneficial not just for sunburn, but... 

Scientists Grow Human Organs Inside Pigs

Scientists Grow Human Organs Inside Pigs Scientists in the U.S plan to grow human cells inside pigs with the possibility of creating organs for transplants. Daniel Garry, a cardiologist who is leading the chimera experiment at the University of Minnesota says “We can make an animal without a heart.... 

New Cancer Drugs May Soon Be Available In Ireland

New Cancer Drugs May Soon Be Available In Ireland The HSE is to consider in the coming days the approval of the cancer drugs Nivolumab and Pembrolizumab, the Minister Health Simon Harris announced over the weekend. “I want the assessment process progressed urgently. Both of these drugs have been considered... 
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