Behind the Headlines

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Fresh hope in hunt for malaria vaccine

Friday May 23 2014

Fresh hope for malaria vaccine

“A group of children… naturally immune to malaria are helping scientists to develop a new vaccine,” BBC News reports. Researchers hope the children could be key to developing a viable vaccine for malaria…

Vaccines not linked with autism, study finds

Tuesday May 20 2014

Childhood vaccines 'not associated with autism'

"There is no evidence whatsoever linking the development of autism to childhood vaccines," The Guardian reports. A new study involving more than a million children found no evidence of a link between childhood vaccines and autism…

New advice encourages more home births

Tuesday May 13 2014

New advice encourages more home births

"More women should give birth at home, advice suggests," reports The Guardian after draft guidelines produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended that women with a low risk of complications in childbirth should…

Four rare diseases added to newborn screening

Monday May 12 2014

Newborn screening for four diseases set to be launched

"Newborn babies to be tested for rare diseases," reports BBC News online. The news is based on an announcement by the UK's National Screening Committee (NSC)…

Breastfeeding 'cuts childhood asthma risk'

Wednesday May 7 2014

Breastfeeding 'protects against child asthma'

“Breastfeeding DOES cut the risk of asthma, says landmark study of 250,000 babies over 30 years,” the Mail Online reports. A major review has found a link between breastfeeding and reduced childhood asthma rates.

Smacking children 'doesn’t work,' study finds

Friday May 2 2014

Smacking children 'doesn’t work' study finds

"Parents smack their children more than they admit - and it doesn’t improve behaviour," the Mail Online reports. A study, involving audio recordings in homes, found that on average, children who were smacked, started "acting up" again after 10 minutes…

Teen boy sunbed use linked to eating disorders

Monday Apr 7 2014

Teen boy sunbed use linked to eating disorders

'Teenage men who regularly use sunbeds are more prone to eating disorders' the Metro reports. A study finds that teen tanning fans are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviour such as using laxatives and vomiting after meals…

Probiotics 'no good' at treating infant colic

Wednesday Apr 2 2014

Probiotics 'no good' at treating infant colic

"Probiotics 'don't ease' baby colic," the Mail Online reports. A small, though well-conducted, study suggests that probiotics – "friendly bacteria" – could actually make symptoms worse…

Smoke-free laws linked to improved child health

Friday Mar 28 2014

Smoke-free laws linked to improved child health

"Laws banning smoking in public places have had a positive impact on child health," BBC News reports. Researchers found lower rates of premature births and severe asthma cases in countries with a smoking ban…

Could a DNA test predict obesity risk in children?

Thursday Mar 27 2014

DNA test could assess obesity risk in children

"A DNA blood test can predict obesity levels in children as they grow up, scientists claim," the Metro reports. The test, which is based on measuring "switches" in DNA, may help identify children who would benefit from early intervention…

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