Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Does lack of sleep make you susceptible to common cold?

Tuesday Sep 1 2015

Using disposable tissues can help prevent spreading cold viruses

"Sleep longer to lower risk of catching cold," says The Daily Telegraph of research on how sleep duration and quality could affect your risk of catching a cold. In this small, research experiment...

Goth teens 'at increased risk of depression and self-harm'

Friday Aug 28 2015

Goth teens 'at increased risk of depression and self-harm'

"Goths are three times more likely to be depressed than other teenagers, with 37% admitting to self-harming," the Daily Mail reports. A new study looked at mental health outcomes in young people who said they identified with the goth sub-culture…

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased multiple sclerosis risk

Thursday Aug 27 2015

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased multiple sclerosis risk

"Lack of vitamin D may cause multiple sclerosis, study finds," reports the Guardian. A large study found people genetically programmed to have lower vitamin D levels are at an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS)…

Many white English and Irish pensioners 'drinking to excess'

Monday Aug 24 2015

Many white English and Irish pensioners 'drinking to excess'

"One in five people over 65 who drink is consuming an "unsafe" level of alcohol, say researchers," BBC News reports. Their research found "unsafe drinking was far more common among the white British and Irish population"…

Working long hours 'increases stroke risk'

Friday Aug 21 2015

Working long hours increases stroke risk

"People working long hours are more likely to have a stroke, according to analysis of more than half a million people," BBC News reports. Researchers pooled the data from 25 previous studies that included more than 600,000 individuals…

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

Wednesday Aug 19 2015

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

"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…

Is your purse a hotbed of bacterial infection?

Monday Aug 17 2015

Is your purse a hotbed of bacterial infection?

"More than 90 per cent of purses have bacteria on them, and women are the worst offenders," the Mail Online reports. A study found purses could be a reservoir for bacteria, especially those made out of synthetic materials…

Checking emails out of work 'can reduce wellbeing'

Wednesday Aug 12 2015

Checking emails out of work 'can reduce wellbeing'

"Checking your emails outside of work really IS bad for your health," the Mail Online reports. A German study recruited a sample of 132 workers and aimed to look at how extended working outside normal hours influenced people's mood the next day…

A 15-minute daily walk 'will help you live longer' says study

Tuesday Aug 4 2015

A 15-minute daily walk 'will help you live longer' says study

Going for a 15-minute walk every day will "make you live longer", reports the Mail Online. It is one of several news outlets to report that small amounts of daily exercise may be enough to increase your chances of living longer...

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...

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