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September 22, 2014

How to tackle Ireland’s growing obesity problem?

This week, in its first policy paper The Race We Don’t Want to Win, the RCPI called for the introduction of a 20 per cent tax on sugar-sweetened drinks in Budget 2015.

Why doctors make more motor claims than anyone else

Who’s the first person you call in case of an accident on the roads? The ambulance, most likely, or perhaps your insurance company. But who do you think is most likely to make a claim on their car insurance?

How climate change might bring dengue fever to Europe

What does the term dengue fever mean to you? Something that happens far away no doubt.

Food for thought: where meals and medicine collide

The varying degrees of gruesome imagery in the medical sphere may be enough to put one off one’s lunch. It’s a strange fact, then, that many conditions are easily described by their similarity to foodstuffs cooked or in their natural state.

Eyes on the prize: improving education through better vision

It’s long been the case that the need to wear glasses has been conflated with a higher intelligence. But what if improving vision in children actually led to better performance in school?

Smallpox in a small box

Offices and workplaces go through structural and aesthetic change all the time. Files and personal belongings moved from one site to another can be left untouched for years, decades even.

Why it’s best to play it safe with dating apps

Hook-up apps like Tinder are hotter than ever, but be careful not to get burned – a study has shown that such apps carry a higher infection risk than dating sites or old-fashioned club meetings. 

The weird and wonderful work of David Cronenberg

The films of David Cronenberg have often been concerned with the inner and outer workings of the body.

Hairdressers ‘dyeing’ for a perm

Next time you go to get your hair done, just think what effect it might have on people around you. No, not your friends, who may be horrified by your drastic new do – the hairdresser whose bloodstream might be affected by the carcinogenic properties in permanent dyes and perming products.

Astronomical headaches

In space, no one can save you from your headaches. That’s the word from a study into elevated levels of CO2 on the International Space Station, published last month in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). 

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