Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Reports of a 'wrinkle cure' look a little saggy

Monday Jan 9 2017

"Wrinkles could be a thing of the past as scientists find a way to regenerate fatty cells," The Daily Telegraph reports. Research involving mice suggests a protein called bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) could repair skin…

Some babies should be given peanuts early say new US guidelines

Friday Jan 6 2017

"Babies should be given peanut early – some at four months old – in order to reduce the risk of allergy, according to new US guidance," BBC News reports. The guidelines are based on UK-led research that found early exposure reduced allergy risk…

People who live near busy roads have higher dementia rates

Thursday Jan 5 2017

"People who live near major roads have higher rates of dementia," BBC News reports. A Canadian study found that people who lived within 50 metres of a busy road were 7% more likely to develop dementia than people who live at least 300 metres away…

Does discovery of 'severe PMS genes' offer hope of a cure?

Wednesday Jan 4 2017

"Women who suffer from severe mood swings before their period have a different genetic make-up," The Sun reports. New research has found a link between a gene complex called ESC/E(Z) and severe symptoms of premenstrual...

No proof that sugar-free soft drinks are healthier, argues review

Wednesday Jan 4 2017

"Soft drinks made with artificial sweeteners, such as diet colas, do not help people lose weight and may be as big a part of the obesity problem as the full-sugar versions," The Guardian reports. While the headline may sound definitive…

Grandparents who babysit 'tend to live longer'

Tuesday Jan 3 2017

"Grandparents who babysit their grandchildren tend to live longer than seniors who do not care for other people, a study has found," the Mail Online reports. Researchers found grandparent babysitters had a 37% lower mortality risk…

Our news predictions for 2017

Friday Dec 30 2016

What will be the big health news stories for 2017? We take a look in the Behind the Headlines crystal ball and offer our predictions…

The 10 most popular stories from 2016 - as picked by you

Thursday Dec 29 2016

We contacted our crack tech team of boffins and asked them to compile a list of 2016's most visited stories. The results were somewhat surprising. While stories on diet and exercise are always popular we weren't expecting so much interest in pubic hair…

Behind the Headlines 2016 Quiz of the Year

Wednesday Dec 28 2016

In 2016, Behind the Headlines has covered more than 300 health stories that made it into the mainstream media. If you've been paying attention you should find this quiz easy and fun...

Want to feel happier? Take a break from Facebook

Friday Dec 23 2016

"Facebook lurking makes you miserable, says study," BBC News reports after a Danish study found regular users who took a week-long break from the social media site reported increased wellbeing…

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

You be the judge

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%