Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Is frequent mouthwash use linked to oral cancer?

Friday Apr 4 2014

Frequent mouthwash use may be linked to oral cancer

"Experts warn using mouthwash more than twice a day can give you cancer," the Daily Mirror reports. The news comes from a European study that compared the oral health and dental hygiene of 1,963 people diagnosed with cancers of the mouth, throat…

New genetic clues about skin cancer

Wednesday Apr 2 2014

New genetic clues about skin cancer

"Skin cancer: Genetic mutations 'warn of risk'," reports the BBC News. The science behind the headline involved sequencing the genetic material of 184 people with a strong family history of malignant melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer…

Single men risk ignoring melanoma symptoms

Wednesday Apr 2 2014

Single men at increased risk of skin cancer deaths

“Men who live alone at greater skin cancer risk,” The Daily Telegraph reports. The headlines are based on a population study from Sweden, which followed almost 30,000 people diagnosed with malignant melanoma…

Breast cancer exercise advice may change

Wednesday Mar 12 2014

NICE found little evidence to support the theory that exercise would be bad for women with breast cancer

"Exercise advised for lymphoedema after breast cancer," reports BBC News. The headlines follow the publication of new draft recommendations by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence...

'Peeing' in pool may create harmful byproducts

Friday Mar 7 2014

'Peeing' in pool may create toxic by-products

Peeing in the pool could be bad for your health the Mail Online reports. As well as being deeply impolite, new research suggests that urine can react with chlorinated water creating potentially harmful byproducts…

Five-year 'death test' provides few answers

Wednesday Feb 26 2014

Five-year 'death test' provides few answers

A “death test” that supposedly predicts the chance of a healthy person dying in the next five years has been developed by scientists, The Daily Telegraph reports…

Gene tests for prostate cancer may be possible

Friday Feb 21 2014

Gene tests for prostate cancer may be possible

“Scientists have isolated a set of 13 gene defects that can be used to identify men who are most at risk of developing life-threatening prostate cancer," The Independent reports. Arguably the biggest challenge in treating prostate cancer…

20% rise in penile cancer

Wednesday Feb 19 2014

20% rise in penile cancer

"The rise of penis cancer: Cases soar by 20% amidst fears that symptoms are being misdiagnosed as STDs," reports the Mail Online. The news follows...

Nanofibre lined tubes used to 'move' brain tumours

Tuesday Feb 18 2014

Nanofibre lined tubes used to attack brain tumours

“Cancer ‘monorails’ can be used to kill [brain] tumours by luring them into toxic pits or areas of the body that are safer to operate on,” BBC News reports. This headline comes from an exciting new study which used…

Charity urges EU to give kids cancer drugs access

Tuesday Feb 11 2014

Children denied cancer drugs, experts claim

“Children with cancer ‘denied drugs because of EU rules’,” reports the BBC. This and other headlines in the media are based on a press release issued by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR)…

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