Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Toothbrushing advice 'conflicting'

Tuesday Aug 12 2014

Tooth brushing: research has identified at least 6 different methods

"Teeth-brushing advice unacceptably inconsistent," reports The Guardian, while the Mail Online reveals that a "simple, gentle scrub is best". These headlines relate to a small literature review that found...

Exercise may cut breast cancer risk, study finds

Monday Aug 11 2014

Breast cancer: you can take action to change your risk

"Exercise lowers risk of breast cancer after menopause," reports The Independent. This and similar headlines were sparked by a large study of postmenopausal teachers which found...

Restaurant dining 'as calorific as fast food'

Friday Aug 8 2014

Is eating out more unhealthy than eating in?

"Eating in restaurants no better than fast food for health," reports The Daily Telegraph after the publication of a study on the calorie intake of eating out...

Dieting can leave some people 'feeling depressed'

Friday Aug 8 2014

Dieting can leave some people 'feeling depressed'

"It's official; dieting does make us depressed," laments the Mail Online. A study of 1,979 overweight and obese people found that those who lost 5% of their bodyweight were nearly twice as likely to feel some symptoms of depression...

Lack of vitamin D may 'raise dementia risk'

Thursday Aug 7 2014

Lack of vitamin D 'raises dementia risk'

People lacking in vitamin D have a higher risk of developing dementia report several media outlets, including BBC News and The Independent. A study found people severely lacking in the sunshine vitamin...

Eating more than 5 a day 'brings no extra benefit'

Wednesday Jul 30 2014

Eating more than 5 a day 'brings no extra benefit'

"Eating more than five a day has 'no extra health benefit'," reports The Independent. The paper reports on a review that combined the results of previous research looking at the effect of increasing the amount of fruit…

Running 7 minutes a day 'halves heart death risk'

Tuesday Jul 29 2014

Running 7 minutes a day 'halves heart death risk'

"Running for just a few minutes each day can reduce the risk of dying from heart disease," The Guardian reports. Ultimately, you can't outrun the Grim Reaper. But this news accurately reflects the results of a large long-term US study on health outcomes…

Over-60s exercise claim based on just 12 people

Monday Jul 28 2014

Seconds of intense exercise 'improves health'

"Two minute of exercise … is enough to boost pensioners' health," the Daily Mirror reports. A pilot study into high intensity training suggests it may be an effective method of combating the effects of ageing…

Study links shift work to increased risk of diabetes

Friday Jul 25 2014

Shift work linked to diabetes

“Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts, a large international study suggests,” BBC News reports. The BBC reports on a review that searched the literature and found 12 studies including more than 225,000 people…

TV and gaming after work 'leads to feelings of guilt'

Friday Jul 25 2014

TV and gaming after work 'leads to feelings of guilt'

'Watching TV after work makes you feel 'guilty’' The Independent reports. The results of an online survey suggest watching TV and playing video games after work to relax could be self-defeating, as the activities trigger feelings of guilt and shame…

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