Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Red meat consumption linked to breast cancer

Wednesday Jun 11 2014

Red meat consumption linked to breast cancer

"Eating a lot of red meat in early adult life may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer," BBC News reports. The study it reports on suggests swapping bacon and steak for nuts, vegetables and chickens may be a wise decision for young adults…

5:2 diet style an ‘immune booster,' study finds

Friday Jun 6 2014

5:2 diet style fast ‘immune booster', study finds

“Fasting for at least two days regenerates immune systems damaged by ageing or cancer treatment, research has shown,” the Daily Express reports. However, the study that is being reported on only involved mice, not humans.

Cannabis and sunshine may damage sperm quality

Thursday Jun 5 2014

Cannabis and sunshine may damage sperm quality

''Cannabis doubles younger men's risk of infertility, study finds,'' reports The Independent. The same study also found a drop in sperm quality during the summer months.

Just five sunburns increase your cancer risk

Tuesday Jun 3 2014

Just five sunburns increases your cancer risk

“Five serious sunburns increase the risk of deadly skin cancer by 80%,” The Daily Telegraph reports. A US study has found that sun overexposure during the teenage years significantly increases the risk of developing skin cancer in later life.

Breast cancer gene and smoking is a 'lethal mix'

Monday Jun 2 2014

Breast cancer gene and smoking is a 'lethal mix'

"Smoking and the breast cancer risk gene BRCA2 combine to 'enormously' increase the chance of developing lung cancer," BBC News reports. The BRCA2 gene, which is known to increase breast cancer risk, appears to also up the risk of lung cancer…

Prostate cancer linked to common STI

Wednesday May 21 2014

Prostate cancer linked to common STI

“Prostate cancer could be a sexually transmitted disease caused by a common infection,” The Independent reports. Researchers have found evidence of a link between the cancer and trichomoniasis – a common parasite…

Measles virus used to treat bone marrow cancer

Friday May 16 2014

Measles virus used to treat bone marrow cancer

“Massive dose of measles virus kills cancer cells,” The Daily Telegraph reports. The paper has reported on a new study in the growing field of virotherapy – a treatment where viruses are used to attack diseases.

Study linking brain cancer and mobiles inconclusive

Wednesday May 14 2014

Link between brain cancer and mobiles inconclusive

“Intensive mobile phone users at higher risk of brain cancers, says study,” The Guardian reports. The news is based on a French study which identified 447 adults who were diagnosed with the most common types of brain tumour…

ONS suggests that one in four deaths are 'avoidable'

Thursday May 8 2014

1 in 4 deaths avoidable, bulletin argues

“1 in 4 deaths could have been prevented,” The Times reports. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 23% of deaths could have been prevented through better care, more effective treatment and healthier living…

Early menopause linked to mental decline

Thursday May 8 2014

Early menopause linked to mental decline

“Premature menopause is linked with poor thinking and reaction times,” The Daily Telegraph reports. A large French study found that women who had their menopause before the age of 40 had memory problems and delayed reaction times.

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