Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Can sleeping too much cause chronic diseases?

Friday Oct 4 2013

Sleeping ten hours a day linked to chronic diseases

“People who get more than 10 hours a night have an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity,” the Mail Online warns. The study this news is based on also found that those who don’t get enough sleep have an increased risk of disease…

Claim that antidepressants cause diabetes unproven

Wednesday Sep 25 2013

The research linking antidepressants with diabetes is inconclusive

"Happy pills are linked to a higher risk of diabetes," is the headline in the Daily Mail. The newspaper reports on a review that examined available evidence to see if there was a link between antidepressant use and type 2 diabetes…

Psoriasis drug tested as type 1 diabetes treatment

Monday Sep 23 2013

Psoriasis drug may also help treat type 1 diabetes

“Skin drug shows 'promising' results on type 1 diabetes,” reports BBC News. This story is based on a small trial of alefacept in people with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes…

Fruit may lower diabetes risk while juice may raise it

Friday Aug 30 2013

Blueberries were most effective in reducing diabetes risk

“New diet to beat diabetes: Fresh fruit cuts risk by a quarter,” the Daily Express reports, while also warning that “drinking fruit juice actually increases the risk”. This report is based on three large studies of health professionals in the US…

Dogs 'warn diabetics' after smelling low blood sugar

Wednesday Aug 21 2013

Dogs 'warn diabetics' after smelling low blood sugar

“Dogs could be trained to warn diabetic patients when their blood sugar levels are about to become low,” The Daily Telegraph reports. The story comes from a study of 17 people with diabetes…

Claims blood test predicts lifespan are exaggerated

Wednesday Jul 10 2013

Blood test to predict lifespan claims hyped

The Mail Online promises us a “revolutionary blood test that could predict how long you'll live, what ailments you'll get – and how fast you'll age”. The Mail is not the only news organisation to make such elaborate claims…

Regular 'mini-strolls' may cut chance of diabetes

Wednesday Jul 3 2013

Regular 'mini-strolls' may cut diabetes risk

"Getting up from your desk for two minutes every half an hour could slash the risk of diabetes," is the advice in the Daily Mail. A study found that people who took a regular ‘walking break’ every 30 minutes had a significant drop in blood sugar levels…

Promising news about potential diabetes vaccine

Thursday Jun 27 2013

Promising news about potential diabetes vaccine

News of a successful trial of a vaccine for type 1 diabetes has been covered by BBC News, who reported that, "It may be possible to reverse type 1 diabetes by training a patient's own immune system to stop attacking their body…

Diabetes drugs may be linked to pancreatic cancer

Monday Jun 10 2013

Diabetes drugs linked to pancreatic cancer

A British Medical Journal (BMJ) investigation into two classes of type 2 diabetes drugs has prompted headlines in the Daily Mail. The newspaper claims "Diabetes drugs taken by thousands linked to cancer…

No proof coffee causes obesity and diabetes

Wednesday May 29 2013

Coffee linked to obesity and diabetes

'Is your caffeine fix making you fat?' is the compelling question posed by the Mail Online website, which goes on to report that a study 'shows five cups of coffee a day could cause obesity.' But the study in question…

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