Back to school heavy bags causing back pain? – go digital……

  7,000 students return to school with digital schoolbags According to Silicon Republic, it appears that some 7,000 fewer students will be plagued by back problems caused by carrying heavy bags full of books. Education tech provider Wriggle says it has kitted out 7,000 Irish schoolkids with digital school bags. … Continue reading

First Lab-grown vaginas successfully transplanted in four women

First lab-grown vaginas successfully transplanted in four women For the first time, four vaginas have been successfully grown in a lab and transplanted into women who were born with abnormal or missing vaginas, marking yet another breakthrough in transplantable body organs. The team from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine … Continue reading

Major breakthrough in cause of blindness

Irish scientists have made a major breakthrough in relation to a disease which is one of the most common causes of blindness in Ireland.(irishhealth.com) AMD (age-related macular degeneration) affects central vision, making it blurry. Central vision is necessary for everyday activities such as reading, driving and watching television. The condition … Continue reading

Biopharma giant Regeneron invests €300m in Limerick

Limerick is to receive 300 highly skilled jobs by 2016 after biopharma giant Regeneron Pharmaceuticals this morning revealed a US$300m investment for a manufacturing facility on an 11.88-hectare site previously owned by Dell at Raheen Business Park. Subject to planning approval from the local authority, the company expects to employ … Continue reading

Will a Science Education better your job chances?

More and more Irish believe science education will guarantee you a job Some 78pc of Irish people agree that young people interested in science have a better chance of landing a job than those that don’t. A new Eurobarometer survey shows that more than three-quarters (77pc) of Europeans think that … Continue reading

Ireland becoming a Global Leader in Digital Healthcare

Ireland – with its concentration of ICT giants, pharmaceutical and medical device makers – is strategically placed to become a world leader in digital healthcare technologies, a conference in Dublin heard today. The ActivAge conference was organised jointly by the Digital Hub Development Authority (DHDA) and St. James’s Hospital Dublin, … Continue reading

Our BT Young Scientist winners also come number 1 for Biology in Europe

The winners of the 2013 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow have been awarded first prize in biology at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Prague today. The girls beat off competition from more than 120 students from 38 countries, ranging … Continue reading

€10 million pharmaceutical price reduction planned

The Department of Health is currently in negotiations with the Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of Ireland (APMI) to deliver price reductions on generic medications to the tune of about €10 million in a full year, Irish Medical Times reports.  New measures aimed at achieving further reductions in pharmaceutical expenditure envisage … Continue reading