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Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Goth teens 'at increased risk of depression and self-harm'

Friday Aug 28 2015

Goth teens 'at increased risk of depression and self-harm'

"Goths are three times more likely to be depressed than other teenagers, with 37% admitting to self-harming," the Daily Mail reports. A new study looked at mental health outcomes in young people who said they identified with the goth sub-culture…

How having 'senior moments' may be a good thing

Thursday Aug 27 2015

How having 'senior moments' may be a good thing

"Senior moments? Only worry if you don't notice them," the Daily Mail reports. A new study suggests becoming unaware of failing memory could be a warning sign of impending dementia…

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased multiple sclerosis risk

Thursday Aug 27 2015

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased multiple sclerosis risk

"Lack of vitamin D may cause multiple sclerosis, study finds," reports the Guardian. A large study found people genetically programmed to have lower vitamin D levels are at an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS)…

Is incense smoke more dangerous than tobacco smoke?

Wednesday Aug 26 2015

Is incense smoke more dangerous than tobacco smoke?

"Incense may need a health warning over 'toxic' smoke, claims research," The Daily Telegraph reports. Analysis of incense smoke, used in both western and Asian religious ceremonies for possibly thousands of years, found it contains many chemicals...

Researchers 'a step closer' to universal flu vaccine

Tuesday Aug 25 2015

Researchers 'a step closer' to universal flu vaccine

"Universal flu vaccine comes closer, scientists says," BBC News reports after two independent teams of researchers each found ways to target multiple strains of the influenza virus – but, as yet, the research has only involved animals...

Many white English and Irish pensioners 'drinking to excess'

Monday Aug 24 2015

Many white English and Irish pensioners 'drinking to excess'

"One in five people over 65 who drink is consuming an "unsafe" level of alcohol, say researchers," BBC News reports. Their research found "unsafe drinking was far more common among the white British and Irish population"…

Warnings of a dementia epidemic may be unfounded

Friday Aug 21 2015

Warnings of a dementia epidemic may have been unfounded

"Dementia may not be the fast-growing epidemic it has been painted to be," The Guardian reports. Latest data from Europe shows the percentage of dementia cases have levelled off, rather than increased…

Working long hours 'increases stroke risk'

Friday Aug 21 2015

Working long hours increases stroke risk

"People working long hours are more likely to have a stroke, according to analysis of more than half a million people," BBC News reports. Researchers pooled the data from 25 previous studies that included more than 600,000 individuals…

Just one drink a day 'may raise breast cancer risk'

Thursday Aug 20 2015

Just one drink a day 'may raise breast cancer risk'

"Just one drink a day raises breast cancer risk" is the front page headline in the Daily Mail following the results of a new study. While the health risks of heavy drinking are well established, the effects of light drinking are less clear…

Water fluoridation 'a safe way of stopping tooth decay'

Thursday Aug 20 2015

Water fluoridation 'a safe way of stopping tooth decay'

"Adding fluoride to tap water could save the NHS millions and dramatically improve children's dental health," the Mail Online reports. A new UK study concluded that water fluoridation is a "safe and effective way" of preventing tooth decay…

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%