Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Could 5:2 diet play a role in preventing breast cancer?

Friday Jun 17 2016

"Women who follow the 5:2 diet 'could reduce their risk of breast cancer','' the Mail Online reports. A small study found some women who followed the diet experienced breast cell changes thought to be protective against breast cancer. But the study…

Coffee's cancer risk downgraded (as long as you don't drink it hot)

Thursday Jun 16 2016

"Very hot drinks may cause cancer, but coffee does not, says WHO," The Guardian reports. A review by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that only beverages consumed at higher than 65C posed a possible cancer risk…

Three servings of wholegrains a day 'cuts risk of early death'

Wednesday Jun 15 2016

"Eating Weetabix for breakfast 'can slash your risk of dying early from any cause'," the Daily Mirror reports. A new study looking at wholegrain consumption (not just Weetabix) found a strong link between consumption and improved…

Teens who vape e-cigs 'six times more likely to smoke cigarettes'

Tuesday Jun 14 2016

"Vaping is a gateway to smoking," the Mail Online reports, seriously overstating the evidence of a new US study. While the study did find teens who experimented with e-cigs were more likely to smoke "traditional" tobacco products…

Ten years of hormone breast cancer drugs 'may benefit some'

Monday Jun 6 2016

"Taking hormonal drugs for up to 15 years reduces the risk of breast cancers coming back," BBC News reports. A new study looked at 1,918 postmenopausal women with what is known as oestrogen receptor-positive (or ER+) breast cancers…

Research raises hope of a 'Holy Grail' universal cancer vaccine

Thursday Jun 2 2016

"'Universal cancer vaccine' breakthrough claimed by experts," The Independent reports. Researchers extracted genetic code called RNA from cancer cells, embedded them in nanoparticles to make them appear…

Could statins prevent breast cancer returning?

Thursday Jun 2 2016

"Statins could be used in the treatment of breast cancer," Sky News report. Findings from a new study suggest the potential involvement of cholesterol in breast cancer reoccurrence…

Treatment 'breakthrough' in man with advanced skin cancer

Tuesday May 31 2016

"Skin cancer cure hope for millions as major treatment breakthrough sees man's tumours disappear 'completely'," the Daily Mirror reports. While the headline is premature, the case report does present interesting findings…

Healthier lifestyles 'could cut cancer death rates'

Friday May 20 2016

"Half of all cancer deaths could be avoided if people simply adopted a healthier lifestyle," the Daily Mail reports. A new study adds to the weight of evidence that says combining simple lifestyle changes can dramatically…

Women who regularly attend religious services 'live longer'

Tuesday May 17 2016

"Going to church could save your life," reports the Daily Mail, adding that, "Women who worship once a week are '25 per cent less likely to die early'." Perhaps surprisingly, while the first part of the headline is overly simplistic…

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