Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

High protein diet not as bad for you as smoking

Wednesday Mar 5 2014

High protein diet may be harmful for middle-aged

“People who eat diets rich in animal protein carry similar cancer risk to those who smoke 20 cigarettes each day,” reports The Daily Telegraph. We have decades of very good evidence that smoking kills and – fortunately for meat lovers...

How seaweed could slow the obesity tidal wave

Monday Mar 3 2014

How seaweed could slow the obesity tidal wave

'Seaweed could be key to weight loss, study suggests' BBC News reports. Researchers at Newcastle have found that alginate, found in kelp, may help reduce the amount of fat that the body digests…

Is cooked meat linked to increased dementia risk?

Tuesday Feb 25 2014

How you cook meat could also affect dementia risk

'Cooking meat "may be dementia risk"' reports BBC News. It reports on a study in mice and humans that was looking at what are known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs), found in meat, and whether they are linked to development of dementia...

Fears pregnant women are ignoring folic acid advice

Thursday Feb 20 2014

Fears pregnant women are ignoring folic acid advice

"Women are ignoring expert advice to take folic acid supplements before pregnancy to protect their unborn children," The Guardian reports. The research has prompted calls for flour to be fortified with folic acid…

Vitamin C not proven to 'boost' chemo

Monday Feb 10 2014

Vitamin C unproven as a 'chemo-booster'

"Vitamin C keeps cancer at bay, US research suggests," was the inaccurate headline on the BBC News website. The study it reports on did not find that high-dose vitamin C helped with cancer survival, although it did appear to show it reduced…

Are energy drinks linked to drug use?

Friday Feb 7 2014

US teen energy drinkers may be more likely to use drugs

"Teenagers who consume energy drinks 'are twice as likely to use alcohol and drugs'," the Mail Online warns. Research suggests that US teenagers who regularly consume energy drinks such as Red Bull are more likely to use drugs as well as smoke and drink…

Diabetes claim for low-fat yoghurt not proven

Thursday Feb 6 2014

Low-fat yoghurt may cut diabetes risk

“Yoghurt is key to beating diabetes,” is the front page headline from the Daily Express. The news is based on a study looking at the association between dairy intake and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes…

Sugar intake linked to heart disease deaths

Tuesday Feb 4 2014

Sugar intake linked to heart disease deaths

“Three fizzy drinks per day could triple chance of heart disease,” says The Daily Telegraph. Its headline is based on a major US study showing a link between high levels of sugar consumption and a higher relative risk of dying from cardiovascular disease…

Can vitamins be used to treat ADHD in adults?

Friday Jan 31 2014

Effectiveness of vitamins for ADHD investigated

"Vitamins 'effective in treating ADHD symptoms'," BBC News reports, saying that a wide range of nutrients, including vitamin D, iron and calcium, may improve brain functioning. The BBC's accurate report summarises the findings of a trial…

Genes and diet may influence lifespan

Friday Jan 31 2014

Genes may impact on diet and aging

"Could a blood test help you choose between the Atkins and 5:2? Genes could hold secret to the diets that best suit our bodies," claims the Mail Online. However, no such test is available…

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