Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Stem cells used to improve low vision

Wednesday Oct 15 2014

Stem cells used to improve low vision

"Embryonic stem cells transplanted into eyes of blind restore sight," The Daily Telegraph reports, covering a study where human stem cells were transplanted into the eyes of people with visual impairment…

Ebola could reach the UK, but outbreak risk is low

Wednesday Oct 15 2014

The Ebola virus: scientists are tracking how it spreads

“Global threat of Ebola: From the US to China, scientists plot spread of deadly disease across the world from its West African hotbed,” reports the Mail Online. This is a terrifyingly apocalyptic-sounding headline, yet...

Warnings issued over energy drinks

Wednesday Oct 15 2014

Warnings issued over energy drink risks

"Energy drinks could cause public health problems, says WHO study," The Guardian reports. A new review discusses the potential harms of these drinks, especially when they are mixed with alcohol…

Concerns raised about late diagnosis of lung cancer

Tuesday Oct 14 2014

Some GPs may be missing early signs of lung cancer

"Doctors in Britain are 'missing opportunities' to spot lung cancer at an early stage," BBC News reports. A study found around a third of people with the condition die within 90 days of their initial diagnosis…

Broccoli could 'hold the key' for treating autism

Tuesday Oct 14 2014

Broccoli could 'hold the key' for treating autism

"Broccoli chemical may improve autism symptoms," The Daily Telegraph reports. A small study suggests sulforaphane, a chemical that gives broccoli its distinctive taste, may help improve some of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder…

Can we count on counting calories?

Monday Oct 13 2014

Can we count on counting calories?

It's a concept at the cornerstone of most diets: counting the calories of your food intake so you don't go over the limit. But just how accurate are calorie labels...

'Poo in a pill' may help treat C. difficile infection

Monday Oct 13 2014

'Poo in a pill' may help treat C. difficile infection

“Capsules containing frozen faecal material may help clear up C. difficile infections,” BBC News reports. While the prospect may sound stomach-churning, swallowing somebody else’s "poo" may help treat symptoms such as chronic diarrhoea…

Fruit juice link to high blood pressure not proven

Monday Oct 13 2014

Daily diet of fruit juice 'may cause high blood pressure'

"Does drinking fruit juice give you high blood pressure?," the Mail Online asks, as an Australian study found people who reported a daily intake of fruit juice tended to have slightly higher blood pressure…

Is a cure for type 1 diabetes 'within reach'?

Friday Oct 10 2014

Cure for type 1 diabetes 'within reach'

"Type 1 diabetes cure within reach after breakthrough," The Independent reports after researchers have managed to "coax" human stem cells into becoming insulin-producing cells…

Antibiotic resistance continues to rise

Friday Oct 10 2014

Antibiotic resistance continues to rise

"Antibiotic resistance continues to rise," BBC News reports as, despite warnings, the number of antibiotic prescriptions in the UK continues to soar, as do new cases of resistant bacteria…

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

Stem cell research in the news

Stem cells are often portrayed in the media as a miracle cure for many serious conditions and disabilities. We analyse the facts behind these stories

Miracle Foods: myths and the media

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

Video: the placebo effect

Watch Ben Goldacre explain what the placebo effect is and describes its role in medical research and in the pharmaceutical industry

Your NHS Health Check

Millions of people have already had their free "midlife MOT". Find out why this health check-up is so important

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...