The concern about a possible increased risk of cancer is a reasonable one: mobiles emit radio waves from their antennae, some of which is absorbed by the body. Image: iStock

I suspect I’m not the only one who winces when I see children as young as eight chatting on a mobile phone. Although to be fair, the youngest mobile p(...)

A protest at the Schuman roundabout in Brussels in May against the European Commissions’ plans to relicense glyphosate in May. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

A last-minute intervention from the European Commission to extend the licence of a controversial weedkiller, which is used widely in Ireland’s tillage(...)

Very hot drinks probably cause cancer, an agency of the World Health Organisation  has said. File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Very hot drinks probably cause cancer, an agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The International Agency for Research on Cancer ((...)

Reforming the WHO

The extent of the Ebola epidemic that took hold in west Africa in 2014 was made worse by failings on the part of the World Health Organisation (WHO). (...)

For anyone who enjoys a grilled breakfast, the latest information from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer may have triggered a momentary bout of indigestion. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

Just two rashers of bacon a day raises your risk of cancer – health chiefs put processed meat at same level as cigarettes” Were you as taken aback as (...)

Irish people’s relationship with red meat has always been problematic, leading not only to cancer but to cardiovascular diseases. Photograph: Thinkstock

I was in Belfast when the report on red and processed meats from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was published. Did it stop me (...)

Do sausages cause cancer? - No they don’t.

On Monday the World Health Organisation announced the findings of a recent meeting of 22 recognised world experts tasked with reviewing available e(...)

The European Commission is likely to face pressure from the food industry to downplay the findings amid fears of its impact on food consumption. Photograph: Getty Images

The European Commission said it will “carefully analyse” the World Health Organisation report that processed meats can increase the risk of cancer. S(...)

A Full English breakfast. Meat Industry Ireland has downplayed research linking  processed meat and cancer. Photograph: iStockphoto

Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the representative body for the State’s meat processors, has downplayed research linking processed and red meat to higher(...)

The International Agency for Research on Cancer report also suggested that red meat was a likely cause of some cancers. Photograph: Getty Images

The HSE is to review new research which suggests processed and red meat can cause cancer to determine if changes are needed to dietary and nutritional(...)

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