Behind the Headlines

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Orange juice and grapefruit linked to melanoma skin cancer

Wednesday Jul 1 2015

Orange juice and grapefruits linked to melanoma skin cancer

"Drinking a glass of orange juice or eating a fresh grapefruit for breakfast may increase the risk of skin cancer," the Mail Online reports. A US study did find a small increase in the risk of melanoma, but the benefits of unsweetened fruit juice…

Sugary drinks killing 'hundreds of thousands', study estimates

Tuesday Jun 30 2015

Sugary drinks killing 'hundreds of thousands', claims study

“Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year, says study,” The Independent reports. This is the alarming claim of researchers who created a model of sugary drink-related deaths based on global consumption rates…

'Eat carbohydrates last' advice for diabetics

Monday Jun 29 2015

'Eat carbohydrates last' advice for people with diabetes

“Eating protein and veg BEFORE carbs…could help diabetics control their blood sugar,” the Mail Online reports. However, the advice is based on a very small study and the influence of food ordering really needs to be checked in much larger studies…

Some health food brands may 'do more harm than good' claim

Thursday Jun 25 2015

Health food brands 'do more harm than good' claim

"How so-called 'healthy' snacks could do more harm than good," the Mail Online reports, after a US study found that people who were presented with a food branded as healthy were then less likely to exercise as hard as people offered a normal food option…

Drinking plenty of red wine won’t help you lose weight

Monday Jun 22 2015

Drinking plenty of red wine won’t help you lose weight

Sorry to be party poopers but The Daily Telegraph’s headline "How to lose weight - drink plenty of red wine," is simply nonsense. The study it reports on did not involve red wine and was carried out on mice, not humans…

Weighing yourself every day may help with weight loss

Friday Jun 19 2015

Weighing yourself everyday may help with weight loss

"Stepping on the scales every day could be the key to weight loss, a study has found," the Mail Online reports. This report was based on a US study which suggested daily weighing can lead to a small, though sustainable, loss in weight...

Eating chocolate may slightly lower your risk of stroke

Tuesday Jun 16 2015

Eating chocolate may slightly lower your risk of stroke

"Two chocolate bars a day can SLASH the risk of heart disease and stroke," the Daily Mirror reports. The headline is prompted by results from a study investigating how chocolate is linked to cardiovascular diseases...

Half a handful of nuts a day 'reduces early death risk'

Friday Jun 12 2015

Half a handful of nuts a day 'reduces early death risk'

'A handful of nuts can save your life, says new study' The Daily Telegraph reports. A new Dutch study found a link between daily nut consumption and a reduced chance of dying from a number of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease…

Media reckons science now proves 'carbs' are fine again

Friday May 29 2015

Reading newspapers can lead to confusion about the best diet choices

"Eat more 'good' carbohydrates and less protein for a longer life," reports the Daily Mirror. It seems like only last week that the media was advising us to eat less carbohydrates. The reality is...

Obesity in teen boys may increase bowel cancer risk in later life

Tuesday May 26 2015

Obesity in teen boys may increase bowel cancer risk in later life

"Teenage boys who become very obese may double their risk of getting bowel cancer by the time they are in their 50s," The Guardian reports. A Swedish study found a strong association between teenage obesity and bowel cancer risk in later adulthood…

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