Behind the Headlines

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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…

Study says there's no link between cholesterol and heart disease

Monday Jun 13 2016

"Controversial report claims there's no link between 'bad cholesterol' and heart disease," the Daily Mail reports. Researchers, looking at previous data, argue that there is no connection between “bad cholesterol” and heart disease deaths in the over 60s…

Migraines linked to increased heart disease risk in women

Wednesday Jun 1 2016

"Women who suffer migraines have a 50 per cent greater chance of developing a major heart … problem," the Daily Mail reports. Individual risks to women remain small, but because migraines are so widespread…

Report attacks official guidance on low-fat diets

Monday May 23 2016

"Low-fat diet bad for your health and cutting back on meat, dairy and eggs a disastrous mistake," the Daily Mirror reports. That is the main message of a controversial report attacking official UK guidelines on diet and weight loss…

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…

Is a pint of beer a day good for the heart?

Thursday May 12 2016

"Pint of beer a day could protect you from heart attacks," The Independent reports. A new review on the alleged protective effects of moderate beer drinking has been warmly welcomed by the UK media – but nobody reported it was funded…

33,000 deaths 'linked to failings in NHS heart attack care'

Tuesday May 10 2016

"Thousands of heart victims killed by poor care," claims the Daily Mail. A review of clinical data from the last 10 years in England and Wales looked at patients with a history of what are known as…

Exercise benefits you - even in polluted city air

Friday May 6 2016

"Why walking is good for you ... even in the smog. Health benefits of a stroll found to outweigh harm caused by chemicals and dust pumped out by traffic," says the Mail Online. The report in question was carried out...

Short bursts of intense exercise 'as good' as endurance training

Thursday Apr 28 2016

"Researchers have found that short bursts of intense exercise produce similar results to traditional longer-duration workouts," the Mail Online reports…

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