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    Irish scientific research successes.

    I'm starting this because I think we could do with a thread where Irish scientific successes are highlighted here.

    I think it's something that's needed because the achievements of Irish scientists in this day and age (never mind decades ago) are under-recognised.

    A lot of it will be quite technical but I won't be quoting directly from the science journals so it shouldn't be too hard to understand.

    This being Politics.ie, I'm aware that this thread is likely to be derailed by people saying:
    - Irish science education is useless and/or
    - Irish scientists are useless and/or
    - Irish scientific research policy is useless
    etc....

    While I have no control of it, I would plead with such people to take such concerns to another thread. If we're agreed that Irish scientists are under-recognised, then derailing a thread devoted to recognising them kind of puts you on the other side of the fence since then the occasional entry on the achievements of Irish science will be lost in dozens of posts where people are swinging at each other.


    Thank you in advance.
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    And here's the first one:

    Scientists pull at heart strings in stress study - RTÉ News

    Scientists [at Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research Centre (AMBER), based at Trinity College Dublin] have for the first time measured the fatigue strength of the chord-like tendons in the heart or heart strings.

    The research on chordae tendineae will help scientists to understand how much repeated stress the tendons can take before rupturing.

    This in turn should help understanding of the problems that disease and age can lead to in this important part of the heart.
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    Another one from a few days ago.

    Scientists develop programme to detect seizures - RTÉ News

    A team of scientists in Cork have developed a computer programme to alert doctors when newborn babies are having seizures.

    The programme is the first in the world to be developed to clinical trial stage, and doctors say it has the potential to help up to a million babies worldwide every year.
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    WIT research finds potential new ways to deliver drugs for treatment of skin conditions
    Micro needle vaccine delivery is going to be big.
    I am not aware of a product on the market as yet, but the technology is safe, effective and cheap if you take adverse events associated with par enteral delivery (infection, extravasation, bruising) into consideration.
    It may also allow self-administration in certain circumstances - say something like getting your flu vaccine patch posted out to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by okibb View Post
    WIT research finds potential new ways to deliver drugs for treatment of skin conditions
    Micro needle vaccine delivery is going to be big.
    I am not aware of a product on the market as yet, but the technology is safe, effective and cheap if you take adverse events associated with par enteral delivery (infection, extravasation, bruising) into consideration.
    It may also allow self-administration in certain circumstances - say something like getting your flu vaccine patch posted out to you.
    Excellent! Many thanks for posting. I've put it on Facebook.

    Of course, one of the problems with skin creams is that - for example, unlike ingested drugs - it's harder to control the rate of release of the active ingredient.
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    Viagra?
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    James Ussher correctly dated the beginning of the world to 6 pm on 22 October 4004 BC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A REASON View Post
    Viagra?
    Manufactured here.

    Not developed here.
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    John Philip Holland designed the first submarine while he was a teacher in Cork. Didn't get built untill he was in the US though.
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    Good stuff going on all the time as far as I can see,for example:
    DCU researchers are developing a new €25 blood test for bowel cancer which could save thousands of lives by spotting the disease at the earliest possible opportunity. The simple check will pick up on antibodies in the blood produced as the body reacts to the onset of bowel cancer.

    The collaboration between researchers from the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute at Dublin City University and Irish biotech firm Randox promises that the new test will be a significant breakthrough in the diagnosis of bowel cancer and could be available for widespread use by the end of next year.

    Studies show that the identification of these very specific biomarkers will allow for a test which is more sensitive and accurate than existing screening. This means it will not only save lives, through earlier, more reliable and faster diagnosis but, because it is non-invasive, it is hoped it will encourage more people to come forward for bowel cancer testing.
    https://www.dcu.ie/news/2015/feb/s0115c.shtml
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