Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

High protein diet not as bad for you as smoking

Wednesday Mar 5 2014

High protein diet may be harmful for middle-aged

“People who eat diets rich in animal protein carry similar cancer risk to those who smoke 20 cigarettes each day,” reports The Daily Telegraph. We have decades of very good evidence that smoking kills and – fortunately for meat lovers...

Angry outbursts may up heart attack risk

Tuesday Mar 4 2014

Angry outbursts may up heart attack risk

'Having a hot temper may increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, according to researchers' BBC News reports. US researchers found that people prone to attacks of range had a higher risk of a serious cardiovascular event…

How seaweed could slow the obesity tidal wave

Monday Mar 3 2014

How seaweed could slow the obesity tidal wave

'Seaweed could be key to weight loss, study suggests' BBC News reports. Researchers at Newcastle have found that alginate, found in kelp, may help reduce the amount of fat that the body digests…

Do Tetris weight loss claims stack up?

Monday Feb 24 2014

Playing Tetris is no sure fire way to weight loss

“Want to lose weight? Play Tetris: Classic game distracts dieters from food cravings,” reports the Mail Online. This misleading headline comes from a new study into cravings. Researchers were interested in whether a demanding visual task…

Cycling safety – a special report

Monday Feb 24 2014

Cycling safety – a special report

Cycling has become increasingly popular but has it also become more dangerous? What causes cycling accidents and who are most at danger? Do the benefits of cycling outweigh the risks? Behind the Headlines attempts to answer these and other questions…

What type of people choose assisted suicide?

Thursday Feb 20 2014

What type of people choose assisted suicide?

"Women, divorcees and atheists are most likely to choose assisted suicide," the Mail Online reports, "with nearly 20% saying they are 'simply weary of life'". The Mail’s headline is misleading. The story comes from a study of assisted suicides…

Is there such a thing as a 'lazy gene'?

Monday Feb 17 2014

'Lazy gene' may have been identified

"A mutation in a gene with a critical role in the brain could explain why some people are 'couch potatoes'," The Independent reports, while the Mail Online claims that "there might soon be a pill to get you moving"…

'Boris bikes' may be good for your health

Friday Feb 14 2014

'Boris bikes' may be good for your health

"London's cycle hire scheme has had a positive effect on the health of its users," BBC News reports. So-called "Boris bikes" (named for the "colourful" Mayor of London, Boris Johnson) have led to improvements in both physical and mental health…

Strokes 'may be linked to temperature', study finds

Thursday Feb 13 2014

Cold snaps linked to increase stroke risk

"How a change in weather could trigger a stroke: Very cold or humid temperatures can cause a fatal clot to develop," reports the Mail Online website. The headline comes from a US study of the records of 134,510 people who had been hospitalised for a…

Commuting 'can lower your sense of wellbeing'

Thursday Feb 13 2014

Most commuters have lowered sense of wellbeing

“It's official: Commuting to work makes you miserable,” the Daily Mail reports. A new report compiled by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has found that daily commuting took a toll on most commuters’ sense of wellbeing…

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