Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Common bacteria could help prevent food allergies

Tuesday Aug 26 2014

Common bacteria could help prevent food allergies

"Bacteria which naturally live inside our digestive system can help prevent allergies and may become a source of treatment," BBC News reports after new research found evidence that Clostridia bacterium helps prevent peanut allergies in mice…

Breakfast 'not the most important meal of the day'

Tuesday Aug 26 2014

Breakfast 'not the most important meal of the day'

"Breakfast might not be the most important meal of the day after all,” the Mail Online reports.The concept that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is up there in the pantheon of received wisdom…

Autistic brain 'overloaded with connections'

Friday Aug 22 2014

Autistic brain 'overloaded with connections'

"Scientists discover people with autism have too many brain 'connections'," the Mail Online reports. US research suggests that people with an autistic spectrum disorder have an excessive amount of neural connections inside their brain…

Dual vaccine approach could help eradicate polio

Friday Aug 22 2014

Dual vaccine approach could help eradicate polio

Double vaccines "could hasten the end of polio," BBC News reports. Researchers in India found that using a combination of the oral and injected vaccines provided enhanced protection against the disease...

Botox may be useful in treating stomach cancers

Thursday Aug 21 2014

Botox may be useful in treating stomach cancers

"Botox may have cancer fighting role," BBC News reports after research involving mice found using Botox to block nerve signals to the stomach may help slow the growth of stomach cancers…

'Fat and 30' link to dementia is inconclusive

Thursday Aug 21 2014

Being 'fat and 30' ups dementia risk

“People as young as 30 who are obese may be at greater risk [of dementia],” The Independent reports. This UK study examined a set 14-year period (1998 to 2011) and looked at whether…

Is breastfeeding inability causing depression?

Wednesday Aug 20 2014

Is breastfeeding inability causing depression?

Mothers who plan but fail to breastfeed their babies are more likely to suffer from postnatal depression, report BBC News and the Independent.

Common antibiotic linked to 'tiny' rise in heart deaths

Wednesday Aug 20 2014

Antibiotics may help ease chronic back pain

An antibiotic given to millions of people in the UK to treat chest infections has been linked to an increased risk of heart death, report The Daily Telegraph and The Independent...

Are good neighbours really life-savers?

Tuesday Aug 19 2014

Are good neighbours really life-savers?

'Having good neighbours can help cut heart attack risk, study shows' The Independent reports. A US study has found an association between high levels of 'social cohesion' and reduced heart attack risk…

Targeted brain stimulation 'could aid stroke recovery'

Tuesday Aug 19 2014

Targeted brain stimulation 'could aid stroke recovery'

"Stimulating the part of the brain which controls movement may improve recovery after a stroke," BBC News reports after researchers used lasers to stimulate a particular region of the brain with promising results in mice…

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...