Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Following UK dietary advice may cut heart disease risk

Thursday Mar 19 2015

"Sensible diet cuts heart attack risk in months," The Times reports after a randomised controlled trial found evidence that following current UK diet guidelines can reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors…

Damage to 'heart health' may start in childhood

Wednesday Mar 18 2015

"Children are suffering damage to their hearts as early as 12 due to poor diets, a study has warned," the Mail Online reports. A US study suggests that an unhealthy diet in childhood can quickly lead to a deterioration in "heart health"…

Obese people 'underestimate how much sugar they eat'

Tuesday Mar 17 2015

"Obese people are 'in denial' about the amount of sugar they eat," the Mail Online reports. Researchers looking into the link between sugar consumption and obesity found a "huge gap" between overweight people's self-reported...

HRT review finds increased risk of blood clots and stroke

Tuesday Mar 10 2015

'Women on HRT pills should be aware that there is a small chance of an increased risk of blood clots and possibly stroke' BBC News report. A major review, involving over 40,000 patient records, found an increase in risk of clotting….

Being optimistic after heart attack may help with recovery

Friday Mar 6 2015

"It's true! Optimists do live longer," is the slightly misleading headline from the Mail Online. The study it reports on actually looked at the effects of optimism on physical and emotional health in 369 people recovering from a heart attack…

Gene testing could find those who would benefit most from statins

Wednesday Mar 4 2015

"Patients with the highest genetic risk of suffering a heart attack benefit the most from cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, a study has found," The Guardian reports. Those with the highest genetic risk score appear to get the most benefit from the drugs…

Adults may only get 'real flu' every five years

Wednesday Mar 4 2015

"Average adult catches virus just once every five years," the Daily Mail reports. A study has estimated that influenza infections become less frequent with age and occur every five years from the age of 30…

Coffee can 'cut risks of heart attack' claims

Tuesday Mar 3 2015

"Three coffees a day cuts the risk of heart disease and strokes," the Daily Mirror reports. A large study of 25,000 adults from South Korea has found that people who drink between three and five cups of coffee per day were less likely…

Is long-term paracetamol use not as safe as we thought?

Tuesday Mar 3 2015

"Daily paracetamol could raise the risk of heart attacks, stroke and early death," the Mail Online reports. A new review of previous data found that long-term use was linked with a small increased risk of adverse events, such as heart attack…

Over two hours screen time a day may raise a child’s blood pressure

Thursday Feb 26 2015

"Watching TV for more than two hours a day increases the risk of raised blood pressure in children," The Daily Telegraph reports. A large study, involving more than 5,000 children who were followed up over two years…

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