TYPE 1 diabetes may be an infectious disease carried by animals, researchers believe.
The auto-immune condition, which affects about 14,000 people in Ireland, occurs when the body stops producing insulin.
A new study in the UK of children with the disease has revealed a distribution pattern mirroring that of flu.
The researchers found that, over a six-year cycle, cases not only varied in frequency but peaked at certain times of the year. The pattern suggested an infection carried by a wild animal which triggered an auto-immune reaction in susceptible individuals.
IRELAND 9TH FOR GENDER EQUALITY
Ireland is ranked ninth in Europe for gender equality, a new report shows.
The Gender Equality Index ranks the 27 EU members for gender equality across six different areas.
When it came to health for men and women, Ireland claimed top position. In other areas – employment, money, knowledge and free time – Ireland's position varied from fifth to 11th.
However, when it came to equality in power, Ireland finished 19th. This ranking shows that more work is needed to involve women in decision-making, said Minister Kathleen Lynch.
MURDOCH LOOKS FOR A DIVORCE
Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce, according to his company News Corp.
The media mogul filed for divorce from his wife Wendi Deng through New York Supreme Court, the firm said.
Ms Deng is famous for springing to her husband's aid when a protester threw a custard pie at him as he appeared before MPs to answer questions about phone hacking in 2011.
11BN PEOPLE BY
END OF CENTURY
The world's population could swell to nearly 11bn by the end of the century, according to a new forecast.
Experts revised a previous projection of 10.1bn issued in 2011 upwards by 8pc.
Africa, where birth rates were expected to decline faster than they have, accounts for most of the rise.
The population of Africa is about 1.1bn. It is now predicted to expand fourfold to 4.2bn by 2100.