Behind the Headlines

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Research raises hope of a 'Holy Grail' universal cancer vaccine

Thursday Jun 2 2016

"'Universal cancer vaccine' breakthrough claimed by experts," The Independent reports. Researchers extracted genetic code called RNA from cancer cells, embedded them in nanoparticles to make them appear…

Could statins prevent breast cancer returning?

Thursday Jun 2 2016

"Statins could be used in the treatment of breast cancer," Sky News report. Findings from a new study suggest the potential involvement of cholesterol in breast cancer reoccurrence…

Treatment 'breakthrough' in man with advanced skin cancer

Tuesday May 31 2016

"Skin cancer cure hope for millions as major treatment breakthrough sees man's tumours disappear 'completely'," the Daily Mirror reports. While the headline is premature, the case report does present interesting findings…

Proof opiates are useful for chronic back pain 'lacking'

Tuesday May 24 2016

"Powerful painkillers doled out in their millions are ineffective against back pain," the Daily Mail reports. An Australian review found evidence for the effectiveness of opiate-based painkillers, such as tramadol and…

Review calls for global action to tackle antibiotic resistance crisis

Friday May 20 2016

"Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now," BBC News reports. A review commissioned by the UK government says wide-ranging action is required at a global level to prevent a post-antibiotic future…

Study: 'mini strokes should be treated immediately with aspirin'

Thursday May 19 2016

"People should consider taking aspirin immediately after a minor stroke," BBC News reports. A review of existing evidence found people treated with aspirin after a mini stroke (transient ischaemic attack, or TIA)…

Magic mushroom ingredient tested as depression treatment

Wednesday May 18 2016

"Magic mushrooms 'promising' in depression," BBC News reports. Magic mushrooms is an umbrella term for fungi that contain psilocybin. This is a psychoactive substance that can cause intense LSD-like…

Diluted apple juice 'as good as' rehydration drinks for children

Wednesday May 4 2016

"Scientists have revealed which fruit can stop toddlers crying due to stomach pains," says the Daily Mirror, missing the point of the study it reports on. The study looked at the use of diluted apple juice to prevent dehydration...

Vitamin D, fish oil and folates may enhance antidepressants

Wednesday Apr 27 2016

"Do antidepressants work better when taken with supplements?," the Mail Online asks. A new review of existing evidence suggests that, "Omega-3 fish oils, certain amino acids, folate and vitamin D" may boost the beneficial effect of antidepressants…

Daily low-dose aspirin may help combat cancer

Friday Apr 22 2016

"Aspirin could help beat cancer: Daily pill can 'cuts odds of dying of breast, bowel and prostate cancer by a fifth'," the Daily Mail reports. A review of previous studies suggests low-dose aspirin could play a useful role in…

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