Behind the Headlines

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Smokers who try to quit 'drink less alcohol', too

Monday Jul 25 2016

"How quitting smoking can be good for your liver: Those who have given up cigarettes 'drink less alcohol too'," the Mail Online reports. The news follows an analysis of two ongoing studies that aimed to…

Thumb sucking and nail biting not key to preventing child allergies

Monday Jul 11 2016

"Children who suck their thumbs and bite their nails suffer fewer allergies, study finds," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers have reported a link between these common childhood habits and a lower rate of positive allergy tests…

Study finds link between saturated fats and early death

Wednesday Jul 6 2016

"Eating more saturated fats raises risk of early death, says US study," The Guardian reports. A major study involving more than 80,000 women would seem to contradict recent high-profile reports that a diet rich in saturated fat is safe…

'Stop demonising butter,' say researchers

Thursday Jun 30 2016

"Butter has been wrongly 'demonised' as unhealthy," reports the Express following the publication of a study that found eating butter did not increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes...

Heart attacks linked to media statin reports ... reports media

Wednesday Jun 29 2016

"Don't give up your statins: Experts say warnings that made patients stop taking vital drug have put lives at risk," the Daily Mail reports. This was the same newspaper that told us two weeks ago that "statins may be a waste of time"…

Three servings of wholegrains a day 'cuts risk of early death'

Wednesday Jun 15 2016

"Eating Weetabix for breakfast 'can slash your risk of dying early from any cause'," the Daily Mirror reports. A new study looking at wholegrain consumption (not just Weetabix) found a strong link between consumption and improved…

Teens who vape e-cigs 'six times more likely to smoke cigarettes'

Tuesday Jun 14 2016

"Vaping is a gateway to smoking," the Mail Online reports, seriously overstating the evidence of a new US study. While the study did find teens who experimented with e-cigs were more likely to smoke "traditional" tobacco products…

Study says there's no link between cholesterol and heart disease

Monday Jun 13 2016

"Controversial report claims there's no link between 'bad cholesterol' and heart disease," the Daily Mail reports. Researchers, looking at previous data, argue that there is no connection between “bad cholesterol” and heart disease deaths in the over 60s…

Migraines linked to increased heart disease risk in women

Wednesday Jun 1 2016

"Women who suffer migraines have a 50 per cent greater chance of developing a major heart … problem," the Daily Mail reports. Individual risks to women remain small, but because migraines are so widespread…

Report attacks official guidance on low-fat diets

Monday May 23 2016

"Low-fat diet bad for your health and cutting back on meat, dairy and eggs a disastrous mistake," the Daily Mirror reports. That is the main message of a controversial report attacking official UK guidelines on diet and weight loss…

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