Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Sugary drinks linked to increased fat levels around vital organs

Tuesday Jan 12 2016

"People who consume sugary drinks are more likely to develop dangerous fat that becomes wrapped around internal organs," the Daily Mail reports after a US study found a link between the consumption of sugary drinks and increased visceral fat levels…

Arthritis drug could also help combat ovarian cancer

Monday Jan 11 2016

"A rheumatoid arthritis drug can kill off ovarian cancer cells in women with the BRCA1 mutation," the Mail Online reports. The drug, auranofin, was found to be effective against ovarian cancer cells associated with the BRCA1 mutation…

Targeting inflammation 'could help treat Alzheimer's disease'

Friday Jan 8 2016

"Blocking brain inflammation 'halts Alzheimer's disease'," BBC News reports. Mice with symptoms similar to Alzheimer's disease were given a drug that blocked the production of immune cells, which cause inflammation…

New alcohol advice issued

Friday Jan 8 2016

New proposed guidelines on alcohol, drawn up by the Chief Medical Officers of the UK, have been published today. The expert group that produced the guidelines looked at the body of new evidence about the potential harms of alcohol…

'Remixed' skin cells could lead to new diabetes treatments

Thursday Jan 7 2016

"End of injections in sight for diabetics after new discovery," says The Daily Telegraph. If you think you've read a similar headline before, you may be right – replacing insulin injections for type 1 diabetes has been a goal for many years...

Antidepressant paroxetine use linked to risk of birth defects

Wednesday Jan 6 2016

"Antidepressant 'does increase your baby's risk of birth defects if taken in first 12 weeks of pregnancy','' the Mail Online reports. A study of previous data suggests the commonly used antidepressant paroxetine…

Do high doses of vitamin D increase falls risk in the elderly?

Wednesday Jan 6 2016

"Giving pensioners high doses of vitamin D to strengthen their leg bones may put them at higher risk of a fall," The Times reports, after a Swiss study suggested high doses of the supplement offer no benefits, but do increase the risk of falling…

Infertility treatments 'not linked' to developmental delays

Tuesday Jan 5 2016

"There is no heightened risk of developmental delays … in children conceived through IVF or other infertility treatments," the Mail Online reports. A study found that the numbers of children affected…

Dry January 'can lead to healthier drinking patterns long-term'

Monday Jan 4 2016

"Study … found that Dry January leads to healthier drinking habits," the Mail Online reports. Dry January involves giving up alcohol for the month. There is limited evidence about whether taking part in the challenge...

Our news predictions for 2016

Thursday Dec 31 2015

What will be the big health news stories for 2016? We take a look in the Behind the Headlines crystal ball and offer our predictions…

Miracle cure or scam?

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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

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...

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%