Behind the Headlines

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Review finds no link between dairy and heart attack or stroke risk

Tuesday May 9 2017

"Eating cheese does not raise risk of heart attack or stroke," reports The Guardian. This follows a large review pooling the results of 29 observational studies into the link between dairy consumption and cardiovascular disease; coronary heart disease…

Concerns about alleged 'harmful' arsenic levels in baby rice cakes

Friday May 5 2017

"Almost half of baby rice food products contain illegal levels of inorganic arsenic despite new regulations set by the EU, according to researchers," ITV News reports…

Low-gluten diet linked to heart attack risk

Thursday May 4 2017

"Gluten-free diet can do more harm than good for people without coeliac disease," The Independent reports, as a new study found that the "trendy gluten-free diets loved by Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Crowe may increase the risk of heart disease…

Alternate-day fasting diets 'no better' than traditional dieting

Tuesday May 2 2017

"Fasting diets do not make much difference to weight loss compared to a traditional calorie-controlled diet," The Daily Telegraph reports. A study found people on an "every other day" diet (where they restricted their calorie…

Four cups of coffee 'not bad for health' suggests review

Tuesday Apr 25 2017

"Drinking up to four cups of coffee a day carries no health risk, experts say...Scientists said those who stick to that limit have no need to worry," reports the Sun. This was based on...

Reported link between diet drinks and dementia and stroke is weak

Friday Apr 21 2017

"Diet drinks triple your risk of stroke and dementia," the Daily Mail reports, as US research found a link between daily intake and increased risk. However, the chain of evidence is not as strong as reported…

Daily diet of fresh fruit linked to lower diabetes risk

Wednesday Apr 12 2017

"Eating fresh fruit daily could cut risk of diabetes by 12%," the Mail Online reports. A study of half a million people in China found those who ate fruit daily were 12% less likely to get type 2 diabetes than those who never or rarely ate it…

Tea not proven to 'shield you against dementia'

Friday Apr 7 2017

"It's tea time! How at least two cups a day can shield you from dementia," reports the Mail Online. This rather optimistic headline reports on a Singaporean study of around 900 Chinese people aged 55 and above…

Reports that Marmite prevents dementia are laying it on a bit thick

Wednesday Apr 5 2017

"A daily slice of Marmite on toast may help prevent you getting dementia," the Daily Mail reports, with little justification. A small study did find that Marmite had an effect on electrical activity in the brain, but there is no evidence...

Moderate drinking may reduce heart disease risk

Thursday Mar 23 2017

"A daily pint or glass of wine can slash the chances of a suffering heart attack by a third," reports The Sun. Researchers found that people who drank alcohol within moderate drinking guidelines were less likely to have a first episode…

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