Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Eating chocolate may slightly lower your risk of stroke

Tuesday Jun 16 2015

Eating chocolate may slightly lower your risk of stroke

"Two chocolate bars a day can SLASH the risk of heart disease and stroke," the Daily Mirror reports. The headline is prompted by results from a study investigating how chocolate is linked to cardiovascular diseases...

Potential breakthrough for osteoporosis announced

Monday Jun 15 2015

Potential breakthrough for osteoporosis announced

"Bone could be regrown to treat osteoporosis after breakthrough," The Daily Telegraph reports. This headline follows the development of a new drug that may increase bone formation, which could potentially combat osteoporosis. But this...

Does owning a cat put your family at risk of schizophrenia?

Monday Jun 15 2015

Does owning a cat put your family at risk of schizophrenia?

“Scientists have discovered a link between people who own cats and the development of mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, and believe a parasite may be to blame,” The Independent reports…

Marriage health claims are inconclusive

Friday Jun 12 2015

Marriage health claims are inconclusive

"Marriage is more beneficial for men than women," says The Daily Telegraph, while The Guardian reports: "Divorce not bad for your long-term health". Both headlines are prompted by a study looking at the long-term effects of relationships on health…

Half a handful of nuts a day 'reduces early death risk'

Friday Jun 12 2015

Half a handful of nuts a day 'reduces early death risk'

'A handful of nuts can save your life, says new study' The Daily Telegraph reports. A new Dutch study found a link between daily nut consumption and a reduced chance of dying from a number of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease…

Could brain-eating cannibals provide the key to treating CJD?

Thursday Jun 11 2015

Could brain-eating cannibals provide the key to treat CJD?

"Eating brains helped Papua New Guinea tribe become disease resistant," The Daily Telegraph reports. The Fore people, who used to eat the brains of dead relatives as a mark of respect, may have evolved resistance to prion diseases such as CJD…

Facebook and Twitter could be used to help people quit smoking

Thursday Jun 11 2015

Facebook and Twitter could be used to help people quit smoking

"Using social media to kick the [smoking] habit means you're 'TWICE as likely to succeed'," the Mail Online reports. A study of a Canadian social media campaign aimed at helping young people quit smoking found it…

Does your birthday affect your disease risk?

Wednesday Jun 10 2015

Birth month 'has an effect on lifetime disease risk'

"Scientists Find Surprising Link Between Birth Month And Disease Risk," the Huffington Post reports. Using data mining techniques on 1.7 million electronic medical records, US researchers found an association between…

Woman gives birth using ovaries she had frozen as a child

Wednesday Jun 10 2015

Woman gives birth using ovaries she had frozen as a child

"A young woman in Belgium has become the first to give birth to a healthy baby after having her fertility restored by a transplant of ovarian tissue that was removed and frozen when she was a child," The Guardian reports…

Breast cancer 'tumour trigger' that spreads disease discovered

Tuesday Jun 9 2015

Breast cancer 'tumour trigger' that spreads disease discovered

"Experts have identified a 'trigger' which enables breast cancer cells to spread," the Daily Mirror reports. The trigger – a protein called CCL3 – appears to help cancerous cells spread into the lungs…

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

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...