Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Can overweight men pass obesity risk to their children?

Friday Dec 4 2015

"Are you fat because of your dad?" is the Mail Online's bold question to its readers, explaining that "Men's weight directly affects genes in sperm linked to appetite and brain development"...

Do potatoes reduce stomach cancer risk?

Tuesday Dec 1 2015

"Eating lots of potatoes will reduce your risk of getting stomach cancer," according to enthusiastic media reports that seized on the UK's love affair with the spud...

Sugar and water 'as good as a sports drink', says study

Monday Nov 30 2015

Adding a spoonful of table sugar to a glass of water could be just as good as – or better than – a sports drink, several media outlets have reported...

One diet 'doesn’t fit all' – people 'metabolise food differently'

Friday Nov 20 2015

"No one diet fits all," the Daily Mail reports. Israeli researchers monitored 800 adults to measure what is known as postprandial glycemic response – the amount by which blood sugar levels increase after a person eats a meal…

Coffee 'can make you live longer' claims

Wednesday Nov 18 2015

"Drinking three to five cups of coffee a day could help people live longer, new research has found," The Independent reports. Research suggests a link between regular coffee consumption and reduced risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease…

No hard evidence champagne can prevent dementia

Monday Nov 9 2015

"Drinking three glasses of champagne per week could help stave off dementia and Alzheimer's disease," the Daily Mirror reports. But before you break out the Bolly, you should know the study that prompted this headline was on rats…

Battling bugs may help keep people's guts healthy

Friday Nov 6 2015

"Competition between different bacteria species in the gut is what keeps humans healthy," BBC News reports. Research suggests this competition – as opposed to co-operation, which many have assumed was the case – helps with digestion…

Sugary drinks linked to increased heart failure risk in men

Wednesday Nov 4 2015

"Just two sweetened drinks a day can dramatically raise heart risk," The Sun reports. A Swedish study found that men who consumed two or more sugary drinks a day had, on average, a 23% increase in the risk of heart failure…

'Greedy gene' that stops some people from feeling full discovered

Monday Nov 2 2015

"A single gene mutation may be all it takes to determine if a person is prone to becoming obese," the Mail Online reports. A particular genetic variant may disrupt the normal workings of a protein…

Low-fat diets 'not the best way to lose weight'

Friday Oct 30 2015

"Low-fat diets are not the best way to lose weight," the Daily Mail reports. The findings come from a new review that analysed data from more than 50 previous studies on low-fat dietary interventions involving almost 70,000 adults…

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