Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Olive oil and wholegrains 'lower heart disease risk'

Tuesday Sep 29 2015

“Butter isn’t better than margarine after all,” declares the Mail Online, after a new study finds that reducing saturated fat does indeed lower the risk of heart disease...

UK women's life expectancy 'second worst' in Western Europe

Wednesday Sep 23 2015

"British women have second worst life expectancy in Europe," The Guardian reports. This is one of the findings of a Europe-wide health report carried out by the World Health Organization…

Smoking linked to raised diabetes risk – including passive smoking

Friday Sep 18 2015

"Passive smoking raises risk of type 2 diabetes," The Guardian reports. A major new analysis of previous studies found a significant association between exposure to tobacco smoke – including secondhand smoke – and type 2 diabetes…

Study finds North-South divide in UK life expectancy

Tuesday Sep 15 2015

"England's richest people 'live eight years longer than the country's poorest'," The Independent reports. A major new study has found a significant difference in life expectancy of the richer South East England compared to the poorer North…

Cannabis use may affect diabetes risk in the middle-aged

Monday Sep 14 2015

"People who use marijuana may be more likely to develop pre-diabetes than those who have never smoked it," The Independent reports after a US study found a link between long-term cannabis use and pre-diabetes…

No conclusive evidence that e-cigs tempt teens to smoke

Wednesday Sep 9 2015

"Young people who try e-cigarettes are much more likely to start smoking, scientists have concluded," The Daily Telegraph reports. Though the conclusion, such as it is, is based on just 16 teenagers...

Is incense smoke more dangerous than tobacco smoke?

Wednesday Aug 26 2015

"Incense may need a health warning over 'toxic' smoke, claims research," The Daily Telegraph reports. Analysis of incense smoke, used in both western and Asian religious ceremonies for possibly thousands of years, found it contains many chemicals...

Researchers 'a step closer' to universal flu vaccine

Tuesday Aug 25 2015

"Universal flu vaccine comes closer, scientists says," BBC News reports after two independent teams of researchers each found ways to target multiple strains of the influenza virus – but, as yet, the research has only involved animals...

E-cigarettes '95% less harmful than smoking' says report

Wednesday Aug 19 2015

"E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco and could be prescribed on the NHS in future to help smokers quit," BBC News reports. This is the main finding of an evidence review carried out by Public Health England…

Butter 'not bad for you' but trans fats may be 'harmful'

Wednesday Aug 12 2015

"Butter unlikely to harm health, but margarine could be deadly," The Daily Telegraph reports. A major analysis of data found no link between saturated fats and heart disease, stroke or diabetes, but there was a link with trans fats…

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