Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Gene therapy breakthrough for cystic fibrosis

Friday Jul 3 2015

Gene therapy breakthrough for cystic fibrosis

“Cystic fibrosis hope as new gene therapy improves condition,” The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers have, for the first time, managed to successfully "smuggle" healthy copies of genes into the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis…

'Sleeping on it' may not be best after traumatic event

Thursday Jul 2 2015

'Sleeping on it' may not be best after traumatic event

"Staying awake may be the best way to stop disturbing flashbacks," the Daily Mail reports. A psychological experiment carried out at Oxford University suggests that sleep may actually help embed traumatic events in the memory…

Orange juice and grapefruit linked to melanoma skin cancer

Wednesday Jul 1 2015

Orange juice and grapefruits linked to melanoma skin cancer

"Drinking a glass of orange juice or eating a fresh grapefruit for breakfast may increase the risk of skin cancer," the Mail Online reports. A US study did find a small increase in the risk of melanoma, but the benefits of unsweetened fruit juice…

Sugary drinks killing 'hundreds of thousands', study estimates

Tuesday Jun 30 2015

Sugary drinks killing 'hundreds of thousands', claims study

“Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year, says study,” The Independent reports. This is the alarming claim of researchers who created a model of sugary drink-related deaths based on global consumption rates…

Report warns of threat to unborn babies from CMV virus

Tuesday Jun 30 2015

Report warns of threat to unborn babies from 'stealth virus' CMV

"Thousands of pregnant women are unwittingly passing on infections to their unborn babies that cause severe disabilities," is the headline in the Daily Mail after a new report highlighted the risks cytomegalovirus (CMV) can pose to pregnancies…

GP receptionists 'could help prevent stroke deaths'

Monday Jun 29 2015

GP receptionists 'could help prevent stroke deaths'

"Teaching doctors' receptionists to spot the warning signs of strokes could save thousands of lives a year," the Daily Mail reports. Educating staff about the warning signs of a stroke, such as a droopy face and speaking…

'Eat carbohydrates last' advice for diabetics

Monday Jun 29 2015

'Eat carbohydrates last' advice for people with diabetes

“Eating protein and veg BEFORE carbs…could help diabetics control their blood sugar,” the Mail Online reports. However, the advice is based on a very small study and the influence of food ordering really needs to be checked in much larger studies…

Antidepressant use in menopause linked to broken bones

Friday Jun 26 2015

Antidepressant use in menopause linked to broken bones

"Taking antidepressants like Prozac to counter mood changes in menopause 'raises risk of broken bones'," the Daily Mail reports. A new study suggests that using SSRIs during the menopause may significantly increase the risk of bone fracture…

Women with history of stillbirth at 'high risk of another'

Friday Jun 26 2015

Women with history of stillbirth at 'high risk for another'

“Women who suffer stillbirths are four times more likely to suffer the tragedy again,” the Daily Mirror reports. Researchers warn that women with a history of stillbirth should be regarded as being at high risk of another...

Some health food brands may 'do more harm than good' claim

Thursday Jun 25 2015

Health food brands 'do more harm than good' claim

"How so-called 'healthy' snacks could do more harm than good," the Mail Online reports, after a US study found that people who were presented with a food branded as healthy were then less likely to exercise as hard as people offered a normal food option…

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