Up to 460,000 people at risk from unsafe radon exposure in Ireland
Around 10% of Ireland’s population is exposed to radon levels that exceed the referenced safe level according to a new ‘risk map’ produced from indoor radon concentration measurements and relevant geological information. Approximately 460,000 individuals may currently be at risk according to researchers from Trinity, who led the work.
Yogurt consumption in older Irish adults linked with better bone health
The largest observational study to date of dairy intakes and bone and frailty measurements in older adults has found that increased yogurt consumption was associated with a higher hip bone density and a significantly reduced risk of osteoporosis in older women and men on the island of Ireland, after taking into account traditional risk factors.
Ancient meteorite impact sparked long-lived volcanic eruptions on Earth
Meteorite impacts can produce more than craters on the Earth – they can also spark volcanic activity that shapes its surface and climate by bringing up material from depth. That is the headline finding of an international team, led by geochemists from Trinity College Dublin, who discovered that large impacts can be followed by intense, long-lived, and explosive volcanic eruptions.
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Only one in 10 adults in Ireland rely on public transport — TILDA report
A new report launched by TILDA at Trinity College Dublin and supported by the Road Safety Authority shows that most older adults rely on cars for transport, as opposed to public transport. It details major differences in the use of public transport between Dublin residents and those living in rural Ireland and reports a serious level of dissatisfaction with rural public transport amongst the over 50s living outside Dublin.
New TILDA report assesses how people age in Ireland
The third major report by the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin was published today. This report presents findings from Wave 3 of TILDA, which impact on the health and well-being of Ireland’s adult population aged 54 years and over and maps changes that have occurred since the first wave of TILDA data collection in 2010.
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have discovered a patch of land in an ancient valley on Mars that appears to have held water in the not-too-distant past. In doing so, they have pinpointed a prime target to begin searching for past life forms on the Red Planet.
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Goldilocks genes hold clues to a plethora of diseases
Geneticists from Trinity College Dublin have used our evolutionary history to shine light on a plethora of neurodevelopmental disorders and diseases. Their findings isolate a relatively short list of genes as candidates for many diverse conditions including autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD, intellectual disability, developmental delay, and epilepsy.
Scientists discover key role of ‘protector’ molecule that fights the common flu
Scientists have discovered that a biological molecule important in cell growth (STAT3) is also critical in protecting us against infection – so much so that we would be unable to fight the common flu virus without it.
Scientists Sequence First Ancient Irish Human Genomes
A team of geneticists from Trinity College Dublin and archaeologists from Queen’s University Belfast has sequenced the first genomes from ancient Irish humans, and the information buried within is already answering pivotal questions about the origins of Ireland’s people and their culture. Read more here and watch a video here.
The team sequenced the genome of an early farmer woman, who lived near Belfast some 5,200 years ago, and those of three men from a later period, around 4,000 years ago in the Bronze Age, after the introduction of metalworking.
Solving a putrid camel-pee riddle may aid millions affected by sleeping sickness
Biochemists from Trinity College Dublin have solved an old mystery as to the cause of especially smelly camel urine, with implications for the millions of people affected by African parasites called trypanosomes. These parasites frequently cause fatalities via sleeping sickness.