Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Ebola virus threat to the UK is 'very low'

Thursday Jul 31 2014

Ebola threat to the UK is 'very low'

Health news has been dominated recently by the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, with over 1,800 confirmed cases and 1,013 deaths…

'Morning sickness' linked to healthier babies

Wednesday Jul 30 2014

'Morning sickness' linked to healthier babies

"Morning sickness isn't all bad news: Women battling the condition may have 'healthier, more intelligent babies'," the Daily Mail reports. A review of the evidence found a link between nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and improved pregnancy outcomes…

Eating more than 5 a day 'brings no extra benefit'

Wednesday Jul 30 2014

Eating more than 5 a day 'brings no extra benefit'

"Eating more than five a day has 'no extra health benefit'," reports The Independent. The paper reports on a review that combined the results of previous research looking at the effect of increasing the amount of fruit…

Tiny area of the brain linked to fear of the future

Tuesday Jul 29 2014

Tiny brain part linked to pessimism and dread

"Pea-sized brain hub could shed light on depression," BBC News reports. UK scientists think they have identified part of the brain responsible for feelings of foreboding. This part of the brain, called the habenula, may also be associated with depression…

Running 7 minutes a day 'halves heart death risk'

Tuesday Jul 29 2014

Running 7 minutes a day 'halves heart death risk'

"Running for just a few minutes each day can reduce the risk of dying from heart disease," The Guardian reports. Ultimately, you can't outrun the Grim Reaper. But this news accurately reflects the results of a large long-term US study on health outcomes…

Over-60s exercise claim based on just 12 people

Monday Jul 28 2014

Seconds of intense exercise 'improves health'

"Two minute of exercise … is enough to boost pensioners' health," the Daily Mirror reports. A pilot study into high intensity training suggests it may be an effective method of combating the effects of ageing…

Should donor blood be screened for hepatitis E?

Monday Jul 28 2014

Blood donors 'are spreading hepatitis E'

"One in almost every 3,000 blood donors in England could be infected with hepatitis E, according to a new study," The Times reports. Hepatitis E normally causes only a mild infection that usually clears up by itself without the need for treatment…

Study links shift work to increased risk of diabetes

Friday Jul 25 2014

Shift work linked to diabetes

“Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts, a large international study suggests,” BBC News reports. The BBC reports on a review that searched the literature and found 12 studies including more than 225,000 people…

TV and gaming after work 'leads to feelings of guilt'

Friday Jul 25 2014

TV and gaming after work 'leads to feelings of guilt'

'Watching TV after work makes you feel 'guilty’' The Independent reports. The results of an online survey suggest watching TV and playing video games after work to relax could be self-defeating, as the activities trigger feelings of guilt and shame…

Deadly MERS 'camel flu' may now be airborne

Thursday Jul 24 2014

Deadly MERS 'camel flu' may now be airborne

"Deadly Mers virus 'could now be airborne'," The Independent reports. Air samples suggest that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, which has an estimated 30% case fatality rate, could now be spread through the air...

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