Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Avoid eating just before your bedtime, study recommends

Monday Sep 11 2017

"It's not what you eat, it's when you eat that matters: study shows timing your meals right is the key to beating obesity," the Mail Online reports...

Could a Mediterranean diet be as good as drugs for acid reflux?

Friday Sep 8 2017

"Why the Mediterranean diet is the best cure for acid reflux: Study found patients who ate plenty of fish and veg had fewer symptoms and avoided side effects of medication," the Mail Online reports...

Drinks industry accused of downplaying 'alcohol-cancer risk'

Friday Sep 8 2017

"Drinks industry downplaying alcohol-cancer link," The Guardian reports as new analysis has been published looking at the accuracy of health information...

Statins cut heart deaths in men by 28% finds study

Thursday Sep 7 2017

"Statins cut the risk of dying from heart disease by 28% among men, according to the longest study of its kind," The Guardian reports. The results suggest that all men with high cholesterol levels may benefit from taking statins...

Zika virus may be useful in treating brain tumours

Wednesday Sep 6 2017

"Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer," BBC News reports. Animal and laboratory research suggests a modified version of the virus could possibly be used to target and destroy cancerous cells...

Older babies 'sleep better' in their own room

Tuesday Sep 5 2017

'Babies who sleep in separate rooms from their parents have earlier bedtimes, take less time to nod off and get more shut eye' the Mail Online reports. That was a finding of an international survey looking at sleeping habits in infants aged 6-12 months…

One in 10 men aged 50 'have the heart of a 60-year-old'

Monday Sep 4 2017

"One-tenth of 50-year-old men have a heart age 10 years older than they are," BBC News reports. This is the finding of an analysis of 1.2 million people who used the NHS Heart Age Test…

New insight into how excess belly fat may increase cancer risk

Friday Sep 1 2017

"Belly fat releases proteins that fuel the growth of malignant [cancerous] cells," the Mail Online reports. It's long been known that obesity is an independent risk factor for a number of cancers, including breast, bowel and liver cancer…

Going to university may cut your risk of heart disease

Friday Sep 1 2017

"Why gaining a degree could help you live longer," The Daily Telegraph reports. A new gene study found people with genes associated with spending longer in education had around a 33% reduced risk of developing heart disease…

Sitting 20 minutes less a day won't make you more 'muscly'

Thursday Aug 31 2017

"Spending just 20 minutes less sitting a day reduces blood sugar levels, improves cholesterol AND even makes you more muscly," is the Mail Online's overly optimistic claim…

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