Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Sugary drinks killing 'hundreds of thousands', study estimates

Tuesday Jun 30 2015

Sugary drinks killing 'hundreds of thousands', claims study

“Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year, says study,” The Independent reports. This is the alarming claim of researchers who created a model of sugary drink-related deaths based on global consumption rates…

Report warns of threat to unborn babies from CMV virus

Tuesday Jun 30 2015

Report warns of threat to unborn babies from 'stealth virus' CMV

"Thousands of pregnant women are unwittingly passing on infections to their unborn babies that cause severe disabilities," is the headline in the Daily Mail after a new report highlighted the risks cytomegalovirus (CMV) can pose to pregnancies…

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…

'Eat carbohydrates last' advice for diabetics

Monday Jun 29 2015

'Eat carbohydrates last' advice for people with diabetes

“Eating protein and veg BEFORE carbs…could help diabetics control their blood sugar,” the Mail Online reports. However, the advice is based on a very small study and the influence of food ordering really needs to be checked in much larger studies…

Antidepressant use in menopause linked to broken bones

Friday Jun 26 2015

Antidepressant use in menopause linked to broken bones

"Taking antidepressants like Prozac to counter mood changes in menopause 'raises risk of broken bones'," the Daily Mail reports. A new study suggests that using SSRIs during the menopause may significantly increase the risk of bone fracture…

Women with history of stillbirth at 'high risk of another'

Friday Jun 26 2015

Women with history of stillbirth at 'high risk for another'

“Women who suffer stillbirths are four times more likely to suffer the tragedy again,” the Daily Mirror reports. Researchers warn that women with a history of stillbirth should be regarded as being at high risk of another...

Some health food brands may 'do more harm than good' claim

Thursday Jun 25 2015

Health food brands 'do more harm than good' claim

"How so-called 'healthy' snacks could do more harm than good," the Mail Online reports, after a US study found that people who were presented with a food branded as healthy were then less likely to exercise as hard as people offered a normal food option…

Everyday chemicals may contribute to cancer risk

Thursday Jun 25 2015

No evidence that 'cocktail of everyday chemicals' cause cancer

'Fifty everyday chemicals…could be combining to increase our risk of cancer' the Mail Online reports. Researchers have identified 85 chemicals which have the potential to cause cells to switch into 'cancer mode'...

Mushroom supplement could be one way to tackle obesity

Wednesday Jun 24 2015

Mushroom extract could be one way to tackle obesity

"A mushroom used for centuries in Chinese medicine reduces weight gain in animals," BBC News reports. A supplement from the Ganoderma lucidum mushroom reduced weight gain by altering bacteria inside the digestive system of mice…

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...

Miracle cure or scam?

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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%