Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Moderate exercise 'better for sperm' than high intensity exercise

Wednesday Dec 7 2016

"'Doing at least half an hour of exercise three times a week may boost men's sperm count'," BBC News reports. Researchers recruited 261 healthy married men who were randomly allocated to three different training programmes…

'No need to wait to try again after miscarriage' advice

Thursday Dec 1 2016

"Women who suffer a miscarriage should try for a baby again within six months, a major study has found," the Daily Mail reports. Current guidance from the World Health Organization recommends couples wait at least six months…

Lack of sleep may disrupt development of a child's brain

Tuesday Nov 29 2016

"New brain scans reveal sleep deprivation damages children's brains more than previously thought," the Mail Online reports. Researchers measured the brain activity of children whose sleep had been restricted by four…

Expensive IVF add-ons 'not evidence based'

Monday Nov 28 2016

"Nearly all costly add-on treatments offered by UK fertility clinics to increase the chance of a birth through IVF are not supported by high-quality evidence," BBC News reports, covering the findings of a review by experts in evidence-based medicine…

Men's attitude towards fatherhood 'affects child behaviour'

Wednesday Nov 23 2016

"Children of confident fathers who embrace parenthood are less likely to show behavioural problems before their teenage years," The Guardian reports. A study found a link between positive attitudes towards fatherhood and good behaviour at age 11…

Online calculator that tries to predict IVF success released

Friday Nov 18 2016

"Couples can find out their chances of having a baby over multiple cycles of IVF treatment using a new online calculator," BBC News reports. The calculator is designed to predict the success of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) – often used when a woman…

Scouts and Guides 'grow up to have better mental health'

Thursday Nov 10 2016

"Scouts and guides provide 'mental health boost for life'," BBC News reports. A study of adults with a scouting or guiding background found they were less likely to be anxious or depressed in later life…

Teen vapers 'more likely to take up smoking'

Thursday Nov 10 2016

"Vaping raises likelihood of teenagers starting to smoke, study suggests," The Guardian reports. A study of US teens found those who regularly vaped were more likely to progress to tobacco smoking than their non-vaping peers…

Hopes raised that Zika virus could be treated in the womb

Wednesday Nov 9 2016

"Scientists say they may have found a way to protect babies in the womb from the harmful effects of Zika," BBC News reports. Researchers have had success using antibody therapy to treat mice when they were still in their mothers' womb…

Smartphones and tablets 'disrupt children's sleep'

Wednesday Nov 2 2016

"Streaming instead of dreaming: Using phones and tablets before bed stops kids from sleeping and can lead to health issues" is the rather poetic headline from the Mail Online. A review of previous data found significant…

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