Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Four cups of coffee 'not bad for health' suggests review

Tuesday Apr 25 2017

"Drinking up to four cups of coffee a day carries no health risk, experts say...Scientists said those who stick to that limit have no need to worry," reports the Sun. This was based on...

Reported link between diet drinks and dementia and stroke is weak

Friday Apr 21 2017

"Diet drinks triple your risk of stroke and dementia," the Daily Mail reports, as US research found a link between daily intake and increased risk. However, the chain of evidence is not as strong as reported…

Daily diet of fresh fruit linked to lower diabetes risk

Wednesday Apr 12 2017

"Eating fresh fruit daily could cut risk of diabetes by 12%," the Mail Online reports. A study of half a million people in China found those who ate fruit daily were 12% less likely to get type 2 diabetes than those who never or rarely ate it…

Tea not proven to 'shield you against dementia'

Friday Apr 7 2017

"It's tea time! How at least two cups a day can shield you from dementia," reports the Mail Online. This rather optimistic headline reports on a Singaporean study of around 900 Chinese people aged 55 and above…

Reports that Marmite prevents dementia are laying it on a bit thick

Wednesday Apr 5 2017

"A daily slice of Marmite on toast may help prevent you getting dementia," the Daily Mail reports, with little justification. A small study did find that Marmite had an effect on electrical activity in the brain, but there is no evidence...

Moderate drinking may reduce heart disease risk

Thursday Mar 23 2017

"A daily pint or glass of wine can slash the chances of a suffering heart attack by a third," reports The Sun. Researchers found that people who drank alcohol within moderate drinking guidelines were less likely to have a first episode…

Substance found in red wine 'helps fight ageing'

Wednesday Mar 8 2017

“Red wine can ‘help fight the ageing process’ – but how much would you have to drink?,” is the question posed by The Sun, after a US study suggested a substance found in the skin of red grapes may help keep muscles and nerves healthy as we get older...

Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of one type of breast cancer

Tuesday Mar 7 2017

"Eating a Mediterranean diet 'cuts deadly breast cancer risk by 40%' in postmenopausal women," says the Mail Online of a widely reported study carried out by researchers in the Netherlands...

'Avoid fads and stick to diet guidelines,' say US heart experts

Tuesday Feb 28 2017

"Avoid celebrity fad diets and just eat your greens to stay healthy," the Daily Mirror reports. A review carried out by US cardiologists found little evidence fads like juicing and coconut oil…

Fasting diet may help regenerate a diabetic pancreas

Friday Feb 24 2017

"The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers," BBC News reports. Research in mice found a low-calorie diet may help in cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes…

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