Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Menopause 'may mix up exercise reward pathways in the brain'

Friday Jul 29 2016

"Menopause 'crushes your motivation to exercise'," the Mail Online reports. But before you bin your gym card, the study it reports on involved rats, not women. The female rats were genetically engineered to have either a high or low exercise capacity…

New weapon in superbug war may be right under our noses

Thursday Jul 28 2016

"Antibiotic resistance: 'snot wars' study yields new class of drugs," BBC News reports. Researchers studying a type of bacteria found in many people's nostrils have used this knowledge to develop a possible a new antibiotic called lugdunin…

An hour of exercise a day may compensate for an 'office lifestyle'

Thursday Jul 28 2016

"Office workers must exercise for an hour a day to counter death risk," The Daily Telegraph reports. A major new study involving more than a million people, suggests that at least an hour's exercise a day…

Could a hearing test help diagnose autism in babies?

Wednesday Jul 27 2016

"A hearing test is being hailed as a revolutionary technique to spot autism years earlier than current methods can," the Mail Online reports. The test is based on measuring how the inner ear reacts to sound…

'Netflix and kill?' Binge watching box-sets linked to blood clots

Tuesday Jul 26 2016

"Binge watching TV can actually kill you, study finds," The Independent reports in a somewhat exaggerated manner. The Japanese study its report is based on looked at prolonged TV watching and the risk of blood clots…

Smokers who try to quit 'drink less alcohol', too

Monday Jul 25 2016

"How quitting smoking can be good for your liver: Those who have given up cigarettes 'drink less alcohol too'," the Mail Online reports. The news follows an analysis of two ongoing studies that aimed to…

Alcohol 'a direct cause of seven types of cancer'

Friday Jul 22 2016

"Even one glass of wine a day raises the risk of cancer: Alarming study reveals booze is linked to at least seven forms of the disease," reports the Mail Online. The news comes from a review that aimed to summarise data from a range of previous studies...

Eating oily fish 'may boost bowel cancer survival'

Friday Jul 22 2016

"Oily fish may reduce risk of death from bowel cancer, study suggests," reports The Telegraph. US research found people with bowel cancer who increased their intake of oily fish after diagnosis were less likely to die from the condition...

The new guidelines on vitamin D – what you need to know

Thursday Jul 21 2016

"Experts recommend everyone consider vitamin D supplements over winter," says a headline in today's Daily Mail, while The Guardian urges "Tuck into tuna, salmon and eggs or take vitamin D pills…

Chlamydia vaccine research 'shows early progress'

Wednesday Jul 20 2016

"Could a nose spray prevent chlamydia?" asks the Daily Mail, one of several media outlets reporting on promising research to develop a vaccine for the sexually transmitted disease (STI)...

Miracle cure or scam?

Will an online miracle cure really provide the answer to your health problem?

Health anxiety (hypochondria)

Most of us worry about our health from time to time. But for some people, this worry never goes away and becomes a problem in itself

Miracle foods: myths and the media

Can a curry save your life? Read our report on the supposed health benefits of common foods

How to read health news

How to read health news

Fact or fiction? Killer or cure? We show you how to look Behind the Headlines.

What is Behind the Headlines?

What is Behind the Headlines?

We give you the facts without the fiction. Professor Sir Muir Gray, founder of Behind the Headlines, explains more...

Sugar intake should be reduced

Sugar intake should be drastically reduced, says report

A new government report recommends no more than 5% of our calorie intake should come from 'free sugars'. The previous recommendation was 10%