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Newspaper headlines: Processed food cancer risk and NI crisis

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Newspaper headlines: Processed food cancer risk and NI crisis


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Several papers, including the Daily Mail, lead with research that eating processed food could significantly increase a person’s risk of cancer. The study, in the British Medical Journal, said products such as sugary cereals and fizzy drinks put middle-aged women in particular danger from breast cancer.

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The dangers of pizza, cornflakes and chocolate bars in raising a person’s risk of cancer also features prominently on the front page of the Times. The paper reports French researchers said in a sample group of people who developed cancer, the quarter who ate the most “ultra-processed” food were 23% more likely to get any type of cancer than the quarter which ate the least processed foods.

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The Daily Express is another that leads on the risks of processed foods, but the issue of Brexit is never too far away – so there’s also a front page picture of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson with the headline “Boris warns stopping Brexit will be a disastrous mistake”.

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The Daily Telegraph describes the collapse of power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland as a “political crisis” for the prime minister. which could “throw the Good Friday Agreement into jeopardy”.

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Staying with UK politics, the Sun claims on its front page that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn met with a “communist spy” in 1986. In the paper, a Labour spokesman says Mr Corbyn met a Czech diplomat but never knowingly talked to a spy. Since then Labour has told the BBC any suggestion that Mr Corbyn was an informer for an intelligence agency is “entirely false and a ridiculous smear”.

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The Metro highlights the tragic story of a rough sleeper who died yards away from the Parliament on Wednesday, after a night of sub-zero temperatures. Jeremy Corbyn features again here, with his view that politicians cannot “carry on walking on by on the other side while people don’t have a home to call their own”.

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The Florida school shooting happened too late in the day for many of the newspapers’ early editions but the i does manage to get the news and a picture onto its front page with the rather telling headline “Another American high school shooting”.

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The Daily Mirror continues its campaign to change the law on organ donation, with another moving story uncovered by writer Andrew Gregory. The front page is taken up with a prominent picture of four-year-old girl Aoife and the accompanying text says the child smiling in the sunshine died waiting for an organ donation. In a front page message to its readers, the paper says: “Now we need your help to make sure our politicians listen”.

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