Behind the Headlines

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Can mental trauma be passed on through sperm?

Thursday Apr 24 2014

Mental trauma passed 'through sperm'

"Traumatic experiences can be inherited, as major shocks alter how cells in the body work," The Daily Telegraph reports. But before you start blaming mum and dad for your problems, the research it reports on only involved mice…

Lung and pancreatic cancers may be on the rise

Thursday Apr 24 2014

Lung and pancreatic cancers may be on the rise

"Lung cancer will soon become the biggest cancer killer among women," the Mail Online reports, while ITV News reveals that pancreatic cancer "poses [a] growing threat". Both headlines are prompted by…

Kidney damage 'killing thousands,' study claims

Wednesday Apr 23 2014

Kidney injuries 'killings thousands', doctor claims

“Failures in basic hospital care are resulting in more than 1,000 deaths a month from … acute kidney injury,” The Independent reports. A study commissioned by the NHS estimates that up to 40,000 people may be dying from this preventable condition.

Edible flowers not proven to prevent cancer

Wednesday Apr 23 2014

Eating flowers unproven as cancer preventer

“Eating flowers grown in British gardens could help to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, according to a new study,” The Daily Telegraph reports. However, the study the news is based on did not actually involve any humans…

Cheap holidays 'increased' melanoma rates

Tuesday Apr 22 2014

Cheap holidays 'increased' melanoma rates

"Skin cancer rates 'surge since 1970s'" BBC News reports. A press release from Cancer Research UK highlights the fact that there has been a sharp rise in melanoma rates since the 1970s…

'Silver surfers' may have lower depression risk

Tuesday Apr 22 2014

'Silver Surfers' may have lower depression risk

"Silver surfers are happier than techno-foges [sic]: Internet use cuts elderly depression rates by 30 per cent," the Mail Online reports after the results of a US study have suggested…

Apathy unproven as early warning sign of dementia

Thursday Apr 17 2014

Apathy may be early warning sign of dementia

“Elderly who lose interest in pastimes could be at risk of Alzheimer's,” reports The Daily Telegraph, with other papers reporting similar headlines.

NICE highlights how hand washing can save lives

Thursday Apr 17 2014

NICE highlights how hand washing saves lives

“Doctors and nurses should do more to stop hospital patients developing infections, an NHS watchdog says,” BBC News reports. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has highlighted how basic hygiene protocols…

PET scans may improve brain injury diagnosis

Wednesday Apr 16 2014

PET scans may improve brain injury diagnosis

“PET scans could predict extent of recovery from brain injury, trials show,” The Guardian reports. Evidence suggests that the advanced scanning devices may be able to detect faint signs of consciousness in people with severe brain injuries.

Cannabis linked to brain differences in the young

Wednesday Apr 16 2014

Cannabis used linked to brain abnormalities

“Using cannabis just once a week harms young brains,” the Daily Mail reports. The newspaper reports on an US study that took one-off brain MRI scans of a group of 20 young adult recreational cannabis users, and a comparison group of 20 non-users…

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