Seeking a ripe old 
age

Medical Matters   What is the secret to longevity or healthy ageing? For centuries, scientists have searched for a so-called ‘elixir of life’ that could maintain our youth and halt the ageing process. The complexity of ageing and its genetic and biological determinants are being increasingly explored in population studies, though finding magic bullets to…

Oireachtas advice – the medical realities of abortion

Medical Matters   The government has set forth its intention to have a referendum on the Eight Amendment to the Constitution later this year. As it currently stands, the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act (2013) allows for the termination of pregnancy in cases where there is a real and substantial risk of loss of…

The boon of the bean

Medical Matters   Coffee is one of the most widely drank beverages in the world and indeed in Ireland is consumed by about 75% of the population. While many of us are familiar with the caffeine boost we get from coffee, it is actually only one of up to 1000 bioactive compounds it contains that…

Only skin deep

Medical Matters   Skin is the largest organ in the human body and its visible appearance often reflects on our health and vitality. If eyes are the window to our souls, so too skin can mirror something deeper about our general health. We subject our skin to sun, rain, wind, deodorants and perfumes and probably…

Don’t put off eye checks

Decline in vision is common from our midlife onwards and may prompt us to go and get our eyes checked out. Overall, it is estimated that 70% of sight loss in older adults is due to cataracts and refractive errors can that be corrected relatively easily. Indeed, the first sign of visual change can occur…