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Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Is there really a middle-class drinking 'epidemic' in over-50s?

Friday Jul 24 2015

'Epidemic' of harmful drinking in the middle-class middle aged

"Middle-class over-50s have become a generation of problem drinkers," the Mail Online reports – a headline that actually has little basis in fact...

Study says 'size really doesn’t matter' when it comes to a penis

Thursday Jul 23 2015

Study says 'size really doesn’t matter' when it comes to a penis

"Scientists claim they've worked out what makes the perfect penis," The Independent reports. According to Swiss researchers, women value overall cosmetic appearance of a penis over length…

Night shifts 'linked to increased breast cancer risk'

Tuesday Jul 21 2015

Night-shift working linked to increased breast cancer risk

"Irregular sleeping patterns have been 'unequivocally' shown to lead to [breast] cancer in tests on mice, a study suggests," BBC News reports. Scientists are concerned a similar effect may occur in women working night shifts…

Weak link between depression and frequent smartphone use

Thursday Jul 16 2015

Weak link between depression and frequent smartphone use

"Smartphone behaviour 'could diagnose depression' says new scientific study," the Daily Mirror reports. But based on the data presented in the study the paper is reporting on, we would disagree...

Heart attack, stroke and diabetes 'can shorten life by 23 years'

Wednesday Jul 8 2015

Heart attack, stroke and diabetes 'can shorten life by 23 years'

"Suffering from heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes could knock 23 years off life," The Daily Telegraph reports, covering the stark conclusion of a major new UK study. The good news is many chronic diseases, such as stroke, are preventable…

People may age at different rates

Wednesday Jul 8 2015

People may age at different rates

"Ageing rates vary widely, says study," BBC News reports. For 12 years, researchers tracked a range of biomarkers associated with the ageing process, such as cholesterol levels, and found striking differences in people of the same chronological age…

Does a lack of sleep lead to a lack of self-control?

Monday Jul 6 2015

Lack of sleep linked to lack of self-control and addiction

"Not enough shut-eye makes you more impulsive and can fuel addiction," the Mail Online reports. The claim was prompted by a review of evidence into the link between sleep and self-control carried out by American psychologists…

Elderly living near noisy roads have 'increased stroke risk'

Wednesday Jun 24 2015

Elderly Londoners living in noisy areas have 'increased stroke risk'

“Living in a neighbourhood with noisy road traffic may…increase the risk of stroke,” The Guardian reports. Researchers looked at noise levels across London and found a link...

A case report about skinny jeans sparks media frenzy

Tuesday Jun 23 2015

A case report about skinny jeans sparks media frenzy

"Russell Brand and Kate Moss take note – skinny jeans are bad for your health," The Guardian reports. A new case report has told the story of a woman who had to be hospitalised due to nerve damage caused by prolonged squatting in skinny jeans…

Being a 'couch potato' linked to increased anxiety risk

Monday Jun 22 2015

Being a 'couch potato' linked to increased anxiety risk

"Being a couch potato is bad for your mental health," the Mail Online reports. However, the evidence gathered by a new review is not as clear-cut as the headline would lead you to believe…

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