Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Regular activity may help some people stay 'fat and fit'

Thursday Mar 2 2017

"You can be fat and healthy," is the misleading headline from the Daily Mail. While a Dutch study did find that activity could help avoid the increased risk of cardiovascular disease associated with obesity…

Early warning signs of some cases of heart attacks 'being missed'

Wednesday Mar 1 2017

"Early warning signs may have been missed in up to one in six people who died of a heart attack in English hospitals," BBC News reports. A review of hospital records found 16% of people who died of a heart attack were admitted in the previous 28 days…

'Avoid fads and stick to diet guidelines,' say US heart experts

Tuesday Feb 28 2017

"Avoid celebrity fad diets and just eat your greens to stay healthy," the Daily Mirror reports. A review carried out by US cardiologists found little evidence fads like juicing and coconut oil…

Five-a-day of fruit and veg is good, but '10 is better'

Thursday Feb 23 2017

"Forget five a day, eat 10 portions of fruit and veg to cut risk of early death," The Guardian reports. A major review found people who regularly ate 800g of fruit and veg a day – 10 portions – had a significantly lower risk of...

Long-term daily drinking linked to stiffening of the arteries in men

Tuesday Feb 21 2017

"Men who drink more than a pint a day over several years are at greater risk of heart attack or stroke," The Sun reports. A UK study found men who consistently drank more than the recommended limits...

Worrying about work out-of-hours 'may be bad for the heart'

Monday Feb 20 2017

"Taking work home can be deadly," the Daily Mail warns. A small study of London-based office workers found those who reported being frequently troubled by work-related issues had patterns of heart activity associated with stress and anxiety…

'Add vitamin D to food to prevent colds and flu', say researchers

Thursday Feb 16 2017

"Adding vitamin D to food would reduce deaths and significantly cut NHS costs," The Guardian reports. A review of existing data estimates that supplementing food with vitamin D would prevent millions of cold and flu cases…

Four-in-one pill 'effective' for high blood pressure

Friday Feb 10 2017

"Combining four blood pressure drugs into a single pill could be twice as effective as existing treatments," the Mail Online reports. A small, proof-of-concept study has looked at the safety and effectiveness of a so-called quadpill…

Long-term vaping 'far safer than smoking' says 'landmark' study

Tuesday Feb 7 2017

"Vaping has been endorsed by health experts after the first long-term study of its effects in ex-smokers," ITV News reports. A six-month study found that e-cigarettes users had far lower levels of toxins and carcinogens in their body than smokers…

A third of adults treated for asthma 'may not have the disease'

Wednesday Jan 18 2017

"The great asthma myth: A third of those diagnosed don't have the condition," reports the Mail Online. A study in Canada found about one-third of adults diagnosed with asthma in the past five years showed no signs of the condition on retesting...

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