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Politics, rugby and mental wellbeing

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It was a  week when politicians used their power to craft a budget influencing the way we will live for the next year. A gathering of people in Landsdowne Rugby Club in Dublin, however, showed how true power comes from honesty and courage.

Elite rugby players Hannah Tyrrell, Jack McGrath and Shane Jennings led the way by honestly and courageously sharing their own emotional vulnerabilities, off the pitch, with everyone at the packed public gathering.

The impact was electric.

Immune system could hold key to weight loss

weighing scalesEating less to lose weight does not work for everyone. Now a team including Irish scientists  have discovered your immune system plays a major role in regulating body weight.

It could be responsible for as much as 40pc of your body’s ability to regulate weight.

The team of researchers who made this ground breaking discovery includes Prof Donal O’ Shea, consultant endocrinologist at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin and Dr Lydia Lynch, associate professor at Trinity College Dublin.

Students stand to sharpen attention

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University

Students think best on their feet.  Given a choice to stand or sit at stand-height desks those who opted to stand showed better working memory, attention and brain function.

The researchers looked at the skills used to analyse tasks, break them into steps and keep them in mind until the tasks were complete.