Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

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

Study discovers secret of the Mediterranean diet

Tuesday May 20 2014

Why a Mediterranean diet is healthy for us

“The combination of olive oil and leafy salad or vegetables is what gives the Mediterranean diet its healthy edge,” BBC News reports. The Mediterranean diet – a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, olive oil and fish…

Resveratrol's health benefits ‘overstated’

Tuesday May 13 2014

Resveratrol: red wine chemical ‘overhyped’

"Red wine health benefits 'overhyped'," BBC News reports. The BBC has reported on a study about a chemical called resveratrol, which is found in red wine and chocolate...

Lack of exercise 'highest risk' for women over 30

Friday May 9 2014

Women over 30 should exercise more, study finds

"Heart disease warning: Lack of exercise is worse risk for over-30s women than smoking or obesity," The Independent reports. It is important to stress that this headline is based on a result that is applicable to a population, not to an individual…

ONS suggests that one in four deaths are 'avoidable'

Thursday May 8 2014

1 in 4 deaths avoidable, bulletin argues

“1 in 4 deaths could have been prevented,” The Times reports. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 23% of deaths could have been prevented through better care, more effective treatment and healthier living…

Breastfeeding 'cuts childhood asthma risk'

Wednesday May 7 2014

Breastfeeding 'protects against child asthma'

“Breastfeeding DOES cut the risk of asthma, says landmark study of 250,000 babies over 30 years,” the Mail Online reports. A major review has found a link between breastfeeding and reduced childhood asthma rates.

Asthma is still a 'killer,' report warns

Tuesday May 6 2014

Asthma is still a 'killer,' report warns

Health news today is dominated by the news that, as The Daily Telegraph reports, two in three asthma deaths "could have been prevented". The Daily Mail says that half of those who died were given the wrong medication...

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