Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Does a lack of sleep lead to a lack of self-control?

Monday Jul 6 2015

Lack of sleep linked to lack of self-control and addiction

"Not enough shut-eye makes you more impulsive and can fuel addiction," the Mail Online reports. The claim was prompted by a review of evidence into the link between sleep and self-control carried out by American psychologists…

Elderly living near noisy roads have 'increased stroke risk'

Wednesday Jun 24 2015

Elderly Londoners living in noisy areas have 'increased stroke risk'

“Living in a neighbourhood with noisy road traffic may…increase the risk of stroke,” The Guardian reports. Researchers looked at noise levels across London and found a link...

A case report about skinny jeans sparks media frenzy

Tuesday Jun 23 2015

A case report about skinny jeans sparks media frenzy

"Russell Brand and Kate Moss take note – skinny jeans are bad for your health," The Guardian reports. A new case report has told the story of a woman who had to be hospitalised due to nerve damage caused by prolonged squatting in skinny jeans…

Being a 'couch potato' linked to increased anxiety risk

Monday Jun 22 2015

Being a 'couch potato' linked to increased anxiety risk

"Being a couch potato is bad for your mental health," the Mail Online reports. However, the evidence gathered by a new review is not as clear-cut as the headline would lead you to believe…

New chlamydia vaccine shows promise after being tested on mice

Friday Jun 19 2015

New chlamydia vaccine shows promise after being tested in mice

“Researchers in the United States say they have developed a vaccine that can protect against chlamydia,” The Independent reports. Initial results in mice have shown promise…

Smoking causes half of all deaths in 12 different cancers

Thursday Jun 18 2015

Smoking causes half of all deaths in 12 different cancers

"Roughly half of deaths from 12 smoking-related cancers may be linked directly to cigarette use, a US study estimates," the Mail Online reports. Due to similar smoking rates, it is likely that a similar pattern exists in the UK…

Does owning a cat put your family at risk of schizophrenia?

Monday Jun 15 2015

Does owning a cat put your family at risk of schizophrenia?

“Scientists have discovered a link between people who own cats and the development of mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, and believe a parasite may be to blame,” The Independent reports…

Marriage health claims are inconclusive

Friday Jun 12 2015

Marriage health claims are inconclusive

"Marriage is more beneficial for men than women," says The Daily Telegraph, while The Guardian reports: "Divorce not bad for your long-term health". Both headlines are prompted by a study looking at the long-term effects of relationships on health…

Facebook and Twitter could be used to help people quit smoking

Thursday Jun 11 2015

Facebook and Twitter could be used to help people quit smoking

"Using social media to kick the [smoking] habit means you're 'TWICE as likely to succeed'," the Mail Online reports. A study of a Canadian social media campaign aimed at helping young people quit smoking found it…

Does your birthday affect your disease risk?

Wednesday Jun 10 2015

Birth month 'has an effect on lifetime disease risk'

"Scientists Find Surprising Link Between Birth Month And Disease Risk," the Huffington Post reports. Using data mining techniques on 1.7 million electronic medical records, US researchers found an association between…

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