Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Face-to-face bullying much more common than cyberbullying

Thursday Jul 13 2017

"Children suffer significantly more face-to-face bullying than online abuse," reports the Mail Online. UK researchers questioned nearly 300,000 15-year-olds about their experiences of bullying in the biggest study of the subject to date…

Does coffee make you live longer?

Wednesday Jul 12 2017

"Drinking three cups of coffee a day could add years to your life, suggest studies," reports the Metro. It follows the results of European and US studies that looked at the relationship between how much coffee people drink and death…

Old meningitis B vaccine 'may also protect against gonorrhoea'

Tuesday Jul 11 2017

"Meningitis vaccine may also cut risk of 'untreatable' gonorrhoea, study says," is the headline in The Guardian. The news comes from the results of a study in New Zealand that found people…

Does having a 'sense of purpose' in life help you sleep better?

Monday Jul 10 2017

"Sense of purpose aids sleep, US scientists find," The Guardian reports on a new study that explored the relationship between having a sense of purpose in life and quality of sleep in older adults...

WHO issues warning about rise of drug-resistant gonorrhoea

Friday Jul 7 2017

"Gonorrhoea fast becoming 'untreatable', WHO experts warn," reports Sky News. Analysis of data from 77 countries by the World Health Organization (WHO) found antibiotic resistance exists against almost all antibiotics…

Frequent ejaculation may decrease prostate cancer risk

Thursday Jul 6 2017

"Ejaculating at least 21 times a month significantly reduces a man's risk of prostate cancer," the Mail Online reports. This is based on research that asked men how often they ejaculated per month and subsequent reporting of prostate cancer…

Researchers try to unknot Alzheimer's protein tangles

Thursday Jul 6 2017

"Abnormal deposits that build up in the brain during Alzheimer's have been pictured in unprecedented detail by UK scientists," reports BBC News. Alzheimer's disease is characterised by two proteins…

Toothpaste ingredient linked to antibiotic resistance

Wednesday Jul 5 2017

"A common ingredient of soap and toothpaste could be causing antibiotic resistance and fuelling the spread of superbugs," the Mail Online reports. This news follows the results of a study that…

Heartburn drugs linked to premature death

Tuesday Jul 4 2017

"Millions of people taking common heartburn and indigestion medications could be at an increased risk of death," The Guardian reports after a US study found people taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)…

Brain training app used to treat memory condition

Monday Jul 3 2017

"Brain training games boost the memory and may reduce the risk of dementia, new research suggests," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers used an app called Game Show to treat people with amnestic mild cognitive impairment...

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

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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%