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Understanding of alcohol consumption guidelines ‘extremely low’ among Irish adults

The number of Irish adults who understand HSE alcohol consumption guidelines is ‘extremely low’ according to a survey by DrinkAware. The survey found that only 3% of adults know the low-risk guidelines for alcohol consumption, with over half of adults who drink alcohol admitting to binge drinking at some point over the past month. According […]

The rise of illegal steroids and the dangers of steroid misuse

Anabolic steroids were among the most significant categories of counterfeit or illegal medicines seized by authorities in Ireland in 2023, according to the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA). The drugs accounted for 29% of almost 900,000 illegal products detained, alongside sedatives (34%), erectile dysfunction medicines (10%), painkillers (5%), and stimulants (3%). The seizure of large […]

World Drug Day: a call to action

World Drug Day, observed on 26 June each year, is an important day for raising awareness of the global problem of drug abuse. Spearheaded by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), World Drug Day serves as a reminder of the importance of collaboration in the fight against drug misuse, and how we […]

Prenatal paternity testing: what you need to know

Prenatal paternity testing is an incredibly useful tool, making it possible to identify a baby’s biological father before the baby is even born. In this blog, we break down what you need to know when ordering a prenatal paternity test, how the process works, and what samples are required for testing. How does a prenatal […]

Why DNA testing is the only accurate way of verifying paternity

DNA profiling has been available for over 40 years, thanks to techniques developed by Sir Alec Jeffreys in 1984. By 1988, DNA fingerprinting was available for paternity testing (Adams, 2008). However, before the availability of modern-day DNA testing, people would look at different traits, such as blood type, physical resemblance, and behaviour to determine the […]

Celebrating twins in Igbo-Ora: the ‘Twin Capital of the World’

As a DNA testing laboratory offering twin DNA (zygosity) testing, we recognise the special nature of twin births. But there’s one place in the world that goes a step further – where twins are celebrated as a blessing, and people are disappointed if they do not give birth to twins; Igbo-Ora, in south-western Nigeria. Birth […]

Introducing our finger prick PEth blood alcohol test for legal and official matters

We are pleased to announce that you can now order a finger prick phosphatidylethanol (PEth) blood alcohol test for legal and official matters, direct from our award-winning, accredited laboratory. Where other laboratories require a venepuncture blood draw for PEth testing (from a vein in the arm/back of the hand), our fast and effective finger prick […]

5 common paternity testing myths – busted

As the provider of Ireland’s fastest and most accurate at-home paternity test, we know that there are many misconceptions surrounding paternity testing, what the test involves, and what the results of a paternity test can tell you. In this blog, we address some of the most common paternity testing myths and put them to rest […]

MOCCA and MOCCA-B: the most commonly tested substances in legal drug testing

As a leading provider of legal drug testing for family law professionals, social workers, and local authorities, our award-winning laboratory routinely tests for a wide variety of drugs and their metabolites (breakdown products). Yet of all the substances we test for at AlphaBiolabs, there are a handful that show up time and time again in […]

Baby gender testing – what you need to know

Pregnancy is an exciting time for expectant parents as they wait for the arrival of their new bundle of joy. But one of the most significant milestones is when they finally have an answer to that all important question – boy or girl? If you are expecting a baby, or know someone who is, you […]