Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Male contraceptive jab 'effective', but side effects are common

Friday Oct 28 2016

"Male contraceptive injection '96% effective'," ITV News reports. The news comes from a study looking at a new type of male contraceptive injection, which was found to be effective – but side effects like acne and mood changes were common…

Researchers discover the role of hormone in 'creating fat'

Friday Oct 28 2016

"Why stress can make you overweight: Hormones turn normal cells into dangerous fat," the Mail Online reports. The headline is prompted by research into the newly discovered role of the Adamts1 hormone on the formation of fat cells...

Study recommends screening toddlers for heart disease risk

Thursday Oct 27 2016

"Toddlers should be screened for an inherited form of heart disease … experts suggest," BBC News reports. A new study looked at the feasibility of screening for familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), an inherited…

Parent training may benefit children with severe autism

Wednesday Oct 26 2016

"A new form of therapy has for the first time been shown to improve the symptoms and behaviour of autistic children," The Guardian reports. A new trial looked at the impact of early intervention in children with severe autism...

Women now drinking 'almost as much alcohol as men'

Tuesday Oct 25 2016

"Women have caught up with men in the amount of alcohol they drink," The Guardian reports. A survey of data from around the world suggests the gap between men and women is closing rapidly when it comes…

Heading footballs may cause short-term brain changes

Monday Oct 24 2016

"Heading a football can significantly affect a player's brain function and memory for 24 hours, a study has found," BBC News reports. The news is based on a small experimental study involving 19 amateur footballers. The players were asked…

Sweetened drinks, including diet drinks, may raise diabetes risk

Friday Oct 21 2016

"Drinking more than two sugary or artificially sweetened soft drinks per day greatly increases the risk of diabetes, research has shown," The Guardian reports. The research was a Swedish cohort study of sweetened drink…

'Statins in a tube': Could a new toothpaste prevent heart disease?

Thursday Oct 20 2016

"Brushing teeth thoroughly to remove plaque could help prevent heart attacks … by reducing inflammation," The Daily Telegraph reports. A study found that "Plaque HD" toothpaste was related to a drop in inflammation levels…

Anti-inflammatory arthritis drugs may help with depression

Wednesday Oct 19 2016

"Arthritis pills could help beat depression," The Sun reports. A review of studies suggests anti-cytokine drugs, currently used to treat inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, could have a role in treating depression…

Bacteria that process nitrates in food 'may trigger migraines'

Wednesday Oct 19 2016

"Research shows [migraine] sufferers have higher levels of bacteria involved in processing nitrates, and could explain why some foods appear to act as migraine triggers," The Guardian reports. Nitrates are found in processed meats, like bacon…

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