Behind the Headlines

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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…

Yoga 'probably good for asthma symptoms and quality of life'

Thursday Apr 28 2016

"Yoga could help asthma sufferers, research finds," reports The Independent. A major review of existing data found there is "moderate-quality evidence" that yoga improves both symptoms and reported quality of life in people with asthma…

Bedbugs 'prefer certain colours'

Tuesday Apr 26 2016

"Bed bugs appear to have a strong preference for particular colours," BBC News reports. A new study suggests the pests prefer red and black and "hate yellow and green"…

'Transformational managers' may be bad for workplace health

Friday Apr 22 2016

"Managers who pressurise their staff to go that extra mile risk harming their employees' health," the Daily Mail reports. New research suggests "transformational managers" – charismatic high achievers – may increase levels of sickness in the workforce…

Warning issued over alarming rise in 'super-gonorrhoea' cases

Monday Apr 18 2016

"Doctors have expressed 'huge concern' that super-gonorrhoea has spread widely across England," BBC News reports. Public Health England issued the warning about the rise of a strain of gonorrhoea that has developed resistance to a widely used antibiotic…

Would you trust a smartphone app as a contraceptive?

Friday Apr 15 2016

"An innovative new app might provide a more effective form of birth control than the contraceptive pill," The Sun reports. The Natural Cycles fertility app combines the use of a thermometer to measure body temperature with calendar calculating…

'Exercise labels' should be added to food packets, expert argues

Thursday Apr 7 2016

"Food and drinks should carry labels showing how long it would take to walk or run off the calories, a leading health expert suggests," the Daily Mail reports. In an opinion piece in the British Medical Journal, Shirley Cramer…

Effects of vitamin D for heart failure far from 'stunning'

Wednesday Apr 6 2016

"Vitamin D can produce 'amazing' improvements in heart function," claims The Independent about the results of a recent study, while BBC News reported suggestions the results were "stunning". However, the study in question...

Choir singing may boost immunity in people affected by cancer

Tuesday Apr 5 2016

"Being in a choir could help the body fight cancer by boosting the immune system," the Daily Mail reports. The study involved 193 people from Wales who were affected by cancer in some way…

Global obesity rates expected to soar in next decade

Friday Apr 1 2016

"One-fifth of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025," The Guardian reports, while The Sun warns that the "UK's population to be fattest in Europe" by the same date. These are just some of the conclusions of a major…

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