Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Regular activity may help some people stay 'fat and fit'

Thursday Mar 2 2017

"You can be fat and healthy," is the misleading headline from the Daily Mail. While a Dutch study did find that activity could help avoid the increased risk of cardiovascular disease associated with obesity…

Wide range of cancers now linked to being overweight

Wednesday Mar 1 2017

"Increased risk of 11 types of cancer linked to being overweight," The Guardian reports. A new review in the BMJ found strong evidence of a link between body weight and 11 types of cancer, most of them either digestive…

Early warning signs of some cases of heart attacks 'being missed'

Wednesday Mar 1 2017

"Early warning signs may have been missed in up to one in six people who died of a heart attack in English hospitals," BBC News reports. A review of hospital records found 16% of people who died of a heart attack were admitted in the previous 28 days…

'Avoid fads and stick to diet guidelines,' say US heart experts

Tuesday Feb 28 2017

"Avoid celebrity fad diets and just eat your greens to stay healthy," the Daily Mirror reports. A review carried out by US cardiologists found little evidence fads like juicing and coconut oil…

Does putting the clocks forward make IVF more likely to fail?

Monday Feb 27 2017

"Miscarriages for women on IVF 'double when the clocks go forward because the loss of an hour in bed puts more stress on a mother-to-be's body'," reports the Mail on Sunday about a study of more than 1,500 cycles of IVF treatment in the US…

Fasting diet may help regenerate a diabetic pancreas

Friday Feb 24 2017

"The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers," BBC News reports. Research in mice found a low-calorie diet may help in cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes…

Link between herpes in pregnancy and autism is unconfirmed

Friday Feb 24 2017

"Pregnant women infected with herpes are 'TWICE as likely to have a baby with autism'," The Sun reports. However, the results the of the study it reports on, was based on just 14 women...

Five-a-day of fruit and veg is good, but '10 is better'

Thursday Feb 23 2017

"Forget five a day, eat 10 portions of fruit and veg to cut risk of early death," The Guardian reports. A major review found people who regularly ate 800g of fruit and veg a day – 10 portions – had a significantly lower risk of...

Exercise 'most proven method' to prevent return of breast cancer

Wednesday Feb 22 2017

"A half hour stroll a day can help women who've survived breast cancer prevent the killer disease returning," The Sun reports. A review of recent evidence, carried out by Canadian researchers, was prompted by the fact that many women…

Long-term daily drinking linked to stiffening of the arteries in men

Tuesday Feb 21 2017

"Men who drink more than a pint a day over several years are at greater risk of heart attack or stroke," The Sun reports. A UK study found men who consistently drank more than the recommended limits...

Miracle cure or scam?

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Health anxiety (hypochondria)

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Miracle foods: myths and the media

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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%