Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

First cat-to-human TB infections reported

Friday Mar 28 2014

First cat-to-humans TB infection spread reported

"Cats have passed TB to humans for the first time in an outbreak feared to have been caused by badgers," the Daily Mail reports. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation and the risk of further transmission has been described as “very low”…

Smoke-free laws linked to improved child health

Friday Mar 28 2014

Smoke-free laws linked to improved child health

"Laws banning smoking in public places have had a positive impact on child health," BBC News reports. Researchers found lower rates of premature births and severe asthma cases in countries with a smoking ban…

Doctors launch new tool to measure your 'heart age'

Thursday Mar 27 2014

Maybe your heart is 'older' than you are

“People are being urged to find out their "true" heart age in order to cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes,” BBC News reports. Doctors have put together a new risk calculator called JBS3 that can tell you the real “age” of your heart…

Could a DNA test predict obesity risk in children?

Thursday Mar 27 2014

DNA test could assess obesity risk in children

"A DNA blood test can predict obesity levels in children as they grow up, scientists claim," the Metro reports. The test, which is based on measuring "switches" in DNA, may help identify children who would benefit from early intervention…

Adding fluoride to water does prevent tooth decay

Wednesday Mar 26 2014

Fluoride in water does prevent tooth decay

“Consider mass fluoridation of water, says health body," BBC News reports. The news follows study by Public Health England providing compelling evidence that fluoridation of mains water is a safe and effective way of preventing tooth decay…

No evidence that plain cigarette packs work, says industry funded study

Wednesday Mar 26 2014

Plain packs don’t work, says industry funded study

"Unbranded cigarettes could mean people smoke more, experts warn," The Daily Telegraph reports. However, the evidence provided by the “experts” has not been peer reviewed and their work has been funded by cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris…

NICE: 'schools should provide morning-after pill'

Wednesday Mar 26 2014

'Schools should provide morning-after pills,' says NICE

New guidelines on contraceptive services for young people issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have prompted widespread coverage. The headlines have focused on a number of elements, with The Daily Telegraph…

Back pain 'leading cause of disability,' study finds

Tuesday Mar 25 2014

Back pain is now a leading cause of disability

"Back pain behind 'more disability than any other condition'," ITV News reports after a new study found that the condition may now be the leading cause of disability worldwide…

Could Botox be used to treat severe asthma

Tuesday Mar 25 2014

Botox – treatment option for severe asthma?

“Botox is commonly used to smooth out wrinkles, but new research suggests it could be used to help asthma sufferers,” the Mail Online reports. While early results seem encouraging, the research being reported on is still at proof of concept stage…

'Couch potato' lifestyle linked to bigger bums

Monday Mar 24 2014

Sitting down a lot may trigger new fat growth

"It's official: Sitting around really does give you a fat behind," the Mail Online reports. While this may seem logical, it should be pointed out that the study behind the headlines involved mice, not humans…

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