Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Vitamin D deficiency linked to high blood pressure

Thursday Jun 26 2014

Vitamin D deficiency linked to high blood pressure

"Vitamin D supplements could help high blood pressure," The Independent reports. The paper reports on new research into genetic variations associated with low vitamin D levels and their relationship with blood pressure…

Teens could be given whooping cough booster

Wednesday Jun 25 2014

Teens may need whooping cough booster

“One in five children who see a doctor with a persistent cough may have…whooping cough, new research indicates,” The Independent reports. These findings have sparked calls for teenagers to be given a booster dose of the vaccine.

New pacemaker offers heart failure hope

Tuesday Jun 24 2014

Next-gen pacemaker offers heart failure hope

A new pacemaker which synchronises heart rate with breathing could "revolutionise" the lives of people with heart failure, The Daily Telegraph reports. The device helps match heart beats with variations in breathing rates…

Menthol cigs 'encourage teens to smoke more'

Tuesday Jun 24 2014

Menthol cigs 'encourage teens to smoke more'

"Menthol cigarettes ARE more addictive," the Mail Online claims, based on a survey of 5,000 teenagers. The 2010-11 Canadian school survey found that 16% of teenagers aged 14 to 18 smoke cigarettes…

Stress 'causes damage to the heart,' study finds

Monday Jun 23 2014

Stress 'can damage heart'

"Stress is already known to be bad for the heart, but now scientists have discovered why it is so harmful," The Times reports. A new US study now offers a plausible model of how chronic psychological stress could lead to…

Can a 'microwave helmet' detect strokes?

Tuesday Jun 17 2014

It sounds like science fiction but microwave helmets to detect stroke are a reality

"Microwave helmet 'can spot a stroke'," reports BBC News. There are two types of stroke. The majority of strokes are caused by a clot stopping blood flow to an area of the brain. This...

Do doctors confuse ME with a heart problem?

Tuesday Jun 17 2014

ME can be a hard condition to live with and difficult to treat

"ME: one third of patients 'wrongly diagnosed'," says The Daily Telegraph, which has reported on a new study of a condition called postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS)...

Tomato extract's heart effects exaggerated

Tuesday Jun 10 2014

Tomato extract effects exaggerated

“Ketchup with everything: tomato sauce helps fight heart disease,” is the misleading headline in The Daily Telegraph. The headline follows a small study conducted into lycopene tablets...

Air pollution linked to irregular heartbeat and lung blood clots

Thursday Jun 5 2014

Pollution linked to irregular heartbeat and blood clots

"Air pollution is linked to increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat and blood clots in the lung," BBC News reports. A large study found that short-term exposure to small particulate matter – a form of air pollution…

E-cigs 'better than patches and gum' as quitting aid

Wednesday May 21 2014

E-cigs 'better than patches and gum' as quitting aid

“E-cigarettes more effective than patches to help quit smoking, says study,” The Guardian reports. A UK study has found that people who used the aids are 60% more likely to quit than those who try nicotine replacement therapy

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