A recent UN review predicted a doubling in the consumption of poultry, a 69 per cent increase in beef and a 42 per cent increase in pork by mid-century. Photograph: iStock

Rising global meat consumption is likely to have a devastating environmental impact, scientists have warned. A new major analysis suggests meat consu(...)

A file image of leukemia cells. An over-sterile germ-free environment in the first year of life is one of the major causal factors behind childhood leukaemia, a new study suggests. Image: iStock.

An over-sterile germ-free environment in the first year of life is one of the major causal factors behind childhood leukaemia, a new study suggests. (...)

Sir Paul Nurse speaking after being awarded the inaugural George Sigerson award for ‘inspiring aspiring’ scientists by UCD Biological Society. Photograph: Aoife O’Sullivan

It’s not every day you meet a Nobel prizewinner, and members of UCD Biological Society were clearly excited to have English geneticist and cell biolog(...)

Rewarding good behaviour with sweets. Photograph: iStock

Grandparents are a potential health hazard for children, according to a new report. The research says many spoil their grandchildren with sweets and b(...)

The appointment of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe as WHO “goodwill ambassador” has been widely criticised. Photograph: Reuters

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has been removed as a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador after his appointment was greeted with outrage (...)

File image of a cancer cell. Scientists have discovered a process to trigger the death of cancer cells that they believe could be more effective than current methods.

Scientists have discovered a process to trigger the death of cancer cells that they believe could be more effective than current methods. The new met(...)

 Prof Patrick Johnston, who was in his late 50s,  took over as president and vice-chancellor of Queen’s University in 2014. File photograph: Alan Betson

The death has occurred of the vice-chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast, Professor Patrick Johnston, the college confirmed on Sunday. A leading (...)

E-cigarettes has been given an emphatic thumbs up by health experts after the first long-term study of its effects in ex-smokers. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Vaping has been given an emphatic thumbs up by health experts after the first long-term study of its effects in ex-smokers. After six months, people (...)

Potatoes and bread cooked at high temperatures for a long time could increase the risk of cancer in people who eat them regularly,  scientists have said. File photograph: Getty Images

Irish authorities are working with the European Commission and member states to set controls on the amount of a potentially cancer-causing substance i(...)

What is clear from all the studies examining the relationship between breast cancer and HRT is that the risk is directly related to the length of time women take the therapy

No other prescription medication has generated such diverse opinions and created more confusion than hormone replacement therapy (HRT). While there (...)

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