Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Lack of exercise 'highest risk' for women over 30

Friday May 9 2014

Women over 30 should exercise more, study finds

"Heart disease warning: Lack of exercise is worse risk for over-30s women than smoking or obesity," The Independent reports. It is important to stress that this headline is based on a result that is applicable to a population, not to an individual…

Claims that men are being 'nagged to death' inflated

Friday May 9 2014

Claims that men are being 'nagged to death' inflated

“Nagging could drive men to an early grave, study suggests,” The Independent reports. A Danish study found that both sexes were adversely affected by constant nagging, but men seemed to be more vulnerable.

ONS suggests that one in four deaths are 'avoidable'

Thursday May 8 2014

1 in 4 deaths avoidable, bulletin argues

“1 in 4 deaths could have been prevented,” The Times reports. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 23% of deaths could have been prevented through better care, more effective treatment and healthier living…

Early menopause linked to mental decline

Thursday May 8 2014

Early menopause linked to mental decline

“Premature menopause is linked with poor thinking and reaction times,” The Daily Telegraph reports. A large French study found that women who had their menopause before the age of 40 had memory problems and delayed reaction times.

Is marriage a recipe for 'trouble and strife'?

Tuesday Apr 29 2014

Is marriage a recipe for 'trouble and strife'?

"Being married can make you depressed, study finds," The Independent reports. Perhaps a more accurate summary of the research the paper reports on is "being unhappily married is associated with different responses to positive pictures"…

Does fat 'disappear' into thin air?

Monday Apr 28 2014

Does thin air lead to thinner people?

"It really is thin air! Living in a high-altitude city nearly halves your risk of being obese,” the Mail Online reports. A study looking at the US armed forces found that people in high altitude areas such as Colorado were less likely…

Cheap holidays 'increased' melanoma rates

Tuesday Apr 22 2014

Cheap holidays 'increased' melanoma rates

"Skin cancer rates 'surge since 1970s'" BBC News reports. A press release from Cancer Research UK highlights the fact that there has been a sharp rise in melanoma rates since the 1970s…

Vegetarians have 'poorer quality of life' study claims

Friday Apr 4 2014

Vegetarians have 'poorer quality of life' study claims

“Vegetarians are 'less healthy and have a lower quality of life than meat-eaters’,'' The Independent reports. A study from Austria suggests there is an association between a vegetarian diet and an increased risk of certain chronic diseases…

Single men risk ignoring melanoma symptoms

Wednesday Apr 2 2014

Single men at increased risk of skin cancer deaths

“Men who live alone at greater skin cancer risk,” The Daily Telegraph reports. The headlines are based on a population study from Sweden, which followed almost 30,000 people diagnosed with malignant melanoma…

Call to make 5 a day fruit and veg into '7 a day'

Tuesday Apr 1 2014

Five a day should be upped to 'seven a day'

"Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day is healthier than the five currently recommended," BBC News report. A new study suggests that the current dietary recommendations do not go far enough…

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