Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Breastfeeding 'doesn't boost children's intelligence'

Tuesday Mar 28 2017

"Scientists found tots given the boob had the same IQ at age three and five compared to bottle-fed youngsters," The Sun reports in its own unique way. An Irish study has found no significant differences in cognitive development between the two groups…

Is bad luck the leading cause of cancer?

Monday Mar 27 2017

"Most cancers are caused by random mistakes in the genetic code when cells divide out of the blue, new research shows," the Daily Mail reports. But this is an oversimplification of research that…

Modified protein promotes hair growth and fights ageing in mice

Friday Mar 24 2017

"Scientists create a chemical that can restore hair and give youthful energy," the Daily Mail reports; but these effects have only been achieved in mice. A modified protein called FOXO4-DRI has been successfully used to remove "broken ageing" cells…

Moderate drinking may reduce heart disease risk

Thursday Mar 23 2017

"A daily pint or glass of wine can slash the chances of a suffering heart attack by a third," reports The Sun. Researchers found that people who drank alcohol within moderate drinking guidelines were less likely to have a first episode…

Mixing alcohol and energy drinks 'may be a risky cocktail'

Thursday Mar 23 2017

"Mixing energy drinks with alcohol could be a risky combination, leading to a greater risk of accidents and injuries," BBC News report. A review of evidence found a number of potential risks, but the picture was not as clear-cut as reported…

The pill provides 'lifelong protection against some cancers'

Wednesday Mar 22 2017

"The pill can protect women from cancer for 30 years," is the front page headline in the Daily Mirror. The paper reports on a landmark study that followed more than 46,000 women in the UK for up to 44 years…

Overweight young men 'more likely to get severe liver disease'

Tuesday Mar 21 2017

"Men who are overweight in their late teens have a higher risk of developing liver cancer in later life, new research suggests," reports ITV News. Swedish researchers also found a link to other serious types of liver disease…

New drug shows promise in preventing heart attacks

Monday Mar 20 2017

"The cholesterol drug that outperforms statins: Patients on the medication are '27% less likely to suffer a heart attack'," the Daily Mail reports. The drug, evolocumab, makes the liver more effective at removing "bad" cholesterol from the blood…

Grandparents 'may be first to spot autism in a child'

Friday Mar 17 2017

"Grandmas are usually the first to spot autism in children," the Mail Online reports. The headline was prompted by a US online survey of parents and family members of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)...

Can yoga and breathing really help 'cure' depression?

Thursday Mar 16 2017

"Taking yoga classes can help ease depressive symptoms, a new study says," reports the Mail Online. A small study from the US found yoga was associated with a clinically significant improvement in depression symptoms…

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