Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Ibuprofen-like painkillers linked to an increased risk of heart failure

Thursday Sep 29 2016

"Ibuprofen could raise the risk of heart failure by up to 83%," claims the Daily Mirror. But this headline massively overstates the danger of this painkiller. In fact, new research suggests that taking painkillers...

Acne won't extend your life, but might delay signs of ageing

Wednesday Sep 28 2016

"Spotty teenagers may have the last laugh over their peers with perfect skin after research found that those who suffer from acne are likely to live longer," says The Telegraph online...

Could riding roller coasters help you pass kidney stones?

Tuesday Sep 27 2016

"Got kidney stones? Ride a roller coaster! Study shows it is the most pain-free cost-efficient way to pass them," say the Mail Online of a study carried out in the US which tested riding roller coasters as a way of passing kidney stones...

Gut bacteria may be linked to 'dangerous' body fat

Monday Sep 26 2016

The BBC reports that: "The make-up of the bacteria found in human faeces may influence levels of dangerous fat in our bodies." The article is based on a UK study looking at faeces samples taken from twins, and various measures of obesity...

Fitness trackers 'don't help you lose weight'

Friday Sep 23 2016

“Fitness trackers may not help weight loss,” reports Sky News on a new trial which investigated whether using wearable technology helped people lose more weight compared to standard weight-loss programmes...

GM chemicals in cleaning products are 'potent allergens'

Thursday Sep 22 2016

“GM enzymes used in household products 'are potent allergens',” reports The Daily Mail following research on the potential for genetically modified enzymes to cause allergies. Researchers took blood samples from 813 workers...

People with 'obesity gene' can still lose weight

Wednesday Sep 21 2016

"No excuses not to slim as 'fat gene' found not to affect ability to lose weight," reports The Daily Telegraph. It is one of several news outlets to report on research suggesting people who put on weight easily because of a genetic variant…

NICE issues new guidelines on sexting in teens

Tuesday Sep 20 2016

"An NHS watchdog has issued advice about sexting to help professionals spot the difference between 'normal' sexual experimentation and harmful sexual behaviour among children and teens," BBC News reports…

Cuddling a kitten almost certainly won't kill you

Tuesday Sep 20 2016

"Cuddling kittens can kill you," warns The Telegraph in one of the more alarming headlines to appear in the national press for some time. But cat lovers can relax – deaths and serious illness from "killer kittens"…

Contraceptive pills not proven to protect against the flu

Monday Sep 19 2016

"How taking the pill could protect you from the flu," was the curious headline on a recent Mail Online article. The equally curious animal study involved female mice who had their ovaries surgically removed…

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