Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Dieting can leave some people 'feeling depressed'

Friday Aug 8 2014

Dieting can leave some people 'feeling depressed'

"It's official; dieting does make us depressed," laments the Mail Online. A study of 1,979 overweight and obese people found that those who lost 5% of their bodyweight were nearly twice as likely to feel some symptoms of depression...

Lack of vitamin D may 'raise dementia risk'

Thursday Aug 7 2014

Lack of vitamin D 'raises dementia risk'

People lacking in vitamin D have a higher risk of developing dementia report several media outlets, including BBC News and The Independent. A study found people severely lacking in the sunshine vitamin...

Salt content in cheese 'too high', say campaigners

Thursday Aug 7 2014

'Salt cuts have saved lives,' says study

"Halloumi and blue cheese saltier than seawater,” reports The Daily Telegraph, following the publication of research on the salt content of cheeses sold in the UK. Researchers looked at 612 supermarket cheeses...

Saturated fat in dairy 'may protect against diabetes'

Wednesday Aug 6 2014

Saturated fat in cheese and other dairy products may protect against diabetes

Saturated fat in cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products may protect against diabetes, report the Mail Online, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent. A study has found that people with higher levels of...

Daily aspirin 'reduces cancer risk', study finds

Wednesday Aug 6 2014

Daily aspirin 'reduces bowel and stomach cancer risk,' study says

Taking aspirin every day could cut your risk of developing cancer, report BBC News and The Daily Telegraph among other news outlets, after the publication of a large-scale review of the evidence...

Steep rise in antibiotic use for coughs and colds

Tuesday Aug 5 2014

Steep rise in antibiotic use for coughs and colds

The number of patients given antibiotics for coughs and colds has soared 40% despite warnings, a study finds.

Could HIV drugs help treat multiple sclerosis?

Tuesday Aug 5 2014

HIV drugs may be help treat MS

"Could MS patients be treated with HIV drugs?" ask the Mail Online and The Independent after a new study discovered people with HIV were almost two-thirds less likely (62%) to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) than those who did not have the virus...

Phone consultations do not reduce GP workload

Monday Aug 4 2014

Doctor ratings websites used by broad social mix

Over-the-phone medical consultations “don’t cut the pressure” on busy GP surgeries, BBC News and The Daily Telegraph report. They were reporting the findings of a two-year study into the effectiveness of phone consultations with a GP or a nurse...

Video games 'beneficial' for children

Monday Aug 4 2014

A new study looked at whether playing computer games is beneficial

Children who play video games for less than an hour every day were better adjusted than those who did not play at all, a study finds.

Combined Pill may raise breast cancer risk

Friday Aug 1 2014

Contraceptive pills may double breast cancer risk

"Some contraceptive pills double risk of breast cancer," The Daily Telegraph reports, as a new US study found an increased risk of 50% with use of the combined oral contraceptive pill, commonly called "the pill"…

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

Your NHS Health Check

Millions of people have already had their free "midlife MOT". Find out why this health check-up is so important

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...