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Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Can the so-called 'male menopause' be treated with HRT?

Thursday Jul 30 2015

Can the so-called 'male menopause' be treated with HRT?

"New research suggests that testosterone deficiency in older men is much more prevalent than current screening methods suggest, and that more men would benefit from hormone treatment," The Daily Telegraph reports…

Heart attack, stroke and diabetes 'can shorten life by 23 years'

Wednesday Jul 8 2015

Heart attack, stroke and diabetes 'can shorten life by 23 years'

"Suffering from heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes could knock 23 years off life," The Daily Telegraph reports, covering the stark conclusion of a major new UK study. The good news is many chronic diseases, such as stroke, are preventable…

GP receptionists 'could help prevent stroke deaths'

Monday Jun 29 2015

GP receptionists 'could help prevent stroke deaths'

"Teaching doctors' receptionists to spot the warning signs of strokes could save thousands of lives a year," the Daily Mail reports. Educating staff about the warning signs of a stroke, such as a droopy face and speaking…

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…

Eating chocolate may slightly lower your risk of stroke

Tuesday Jun 16 2015

Eating chocolate may slightly lower your risk of stroke

"Two chocolate bars a day can SLASH the risk of heart disease and stroke," the Daily Mirror reports. The headline is prompted by results from a study investigating how chocolate is linked to cardiovascular diseases...

Could brain-eating cannibals provide the key to treating CJD?

Thursday Jun 11 2015

Could brain-eating cannibals provide the key to treat CJD?

"Eating brains helped Papua New Guinea tribe become disease resistant," The Daily Telegraph reports. The Fore people, who used to eat the brains of dead relatives as a mark of respect, may have evolved resistance to prion diseases such as CJD…

'Missing link' between brain and immune system discovered

Monday Jun 8 2015

'Missing link' between brain and immune system discovered

"Newly discovered vessels beneath skull could link brain and immune system," The Guardian reports. The discovery, which has been described as textbook-changing, could lead to new treatments for a range of neurological conditions…

Children with autism may be supersensitive to change

Friday Jun 5 2015

Children with autism may be super-sensitive to change

"People with autism … are over-sensitive to the world," the Mail Online reports. It reports on an animal study involving a rat model of autism, where a chemical is used to mimic the development of autism in rats…

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