Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Will a 'wonder drug' be available in 10 years?

Monday Sep 29 2014

Claims of a cure-all wonder drug 'available in 10 years'

"Wonder drug to fight cancer and Alzheimer's disease within 10 years," is the headline in The Daily Telegraph. This headline is a textbook example of hope (and hype) triumphing over reality…

Skirt size increase ups breast cancer risk

Thursday Sep 25 2014

Skirt size increases ups breast cancer risk

“Skirt size increase linked to breast cancer risk,” BBC News reports. The story comes from a UK study that looked at whether changes in women's skirt size since their twenties was associated with increased risk of breast cancer...

Late cancer diagnosis 'costing lives and money'

Monday Sep 22 2014

Late cancer diagnosis 'costing lives and money'

"Almost half of cancer patients diagnosed too late," says The Guardian, citing a new report that explored both the financial and health impact of late cancer diagnosis…

'Angelina Jolie effect' doubled breast gene tests

Friday Sep 19 2014

'Angelina Jolie effect' doubled breast gene tests

“Referrals to breast cancer clinics more than doubled in the UK after Angelina Jolie announced she had had a double mastectomy,” BBC News reports. NHS services saw a sharp rise in referrals from women worried about their family history of breast cancer…

Chokeberry extract 'boosts pancreas cancer chemo'

Thursday Sep 18 2014

Berries 'boosts chemo' for pancreatic cancer

“Wild berries native to North America may have a role in boosting cancer therapy,” BBC News reports. It has been found that chokeberries may help increase the powers of chemotherapy drugs in pancreatic cancer...

HPV urine test could screen for cervical cancer

Wednesday Sep 17 2014

HPV urine test could screen for cervical cancer

"A simple urine test which can detect the human papilloma virus (HPV) could offer women a much less invasive alternative to cervical cancer screening," The Independent reports. Research found urine-based testing…

Wearing a bra 'doesn't raise breast cancer risk'

Monday Sep 8 2014

Wearing a bra doesn't up breast cancer risk

“Scientists believe they have answered the decades long debate on whether wearing a bra can increase your risk of cancer,” reports The Daily Telegraph. There is an "urban myth" that wearing a bra disrupts the workings of the lymphatic system…

What is proton beam therapy?

Wednesday Sep 3 2014

Proton beam therapy may be useful in treating rare children's cancer

Proton beam therapy has been discussed widely in the media in recent days. This is because of the controversy surrounding the treatment of a young boy called Ashya King, who has medulloblastoma...

Lumpectomy 'as effective as double mastectomy'

Wednesday Sep 3 2014

Double mastectomy no better than lumpectomy

"Double mastectomy for breast cancer 'does not boost survival chances'," The Guardian reports. Statistics from California cast doubt on the notion that removing both breasts in cases of breast cancer has a greater benefit than less radical surgery…

Study finds plain cigarette pack fears 'unfounded'

Friday Aug 29 2014

Plain packs don't lead to 'unintended consequences'

"Cigarette plain packaging fear campaign unfounded," reports The Guardian. After Australia introduced plain packaging laws in 2012, opponents of the legislation argued it would lead to a number of unintended consequences…

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