Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Bacteria found in honey may help fight infection

Thursday Sep 11 2014

Bacteria found in honey may help fight infection

"Bacteria found in honeybee stomachs could be used as alternative to antibiotics," reports The Independent. The world desperately needs new antibiotics to counter the growing threat of bacteria developing resistance...

Ebola vaccine hope after successful animal study

Monday Sep 8 2014

Ebola vaccine hope after successful animal studies

"Hopes for an effective Ebola vaccine have been raised after trials of an experimental jab found that it gave monkeys long-term protection," The Guardian reports. An initial animal study found that a new vaccine boosted immunity…

Antidepressant use in pregnancy linked to ADHD

Wednesday Aug 27 2014

Antidepressant use in pregnancy linked to ADHD

'Pregnant women who take anti-depressants 'could raise their child's risk of ADHD’' the Daily Mail reports. Researchers found that women who used the drugs in pregnancy had an increase risk of having a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder…

Dual vaccine approach could help eradicate polio

Friday Aug 22 2014

Dual vaccine approach could help eradicate polio

Double vaccines "could hasten the end of polio," BBC News reports. Researchers in India found that using a combination of the oral and injected vaccines provided enhanced protection against the disease...

Common antibiotic linked to 'tiny' rise in heart deaths

Wednesday Aug 20 2014

Antibiotics may help ease chronic back pain

An antibiotic given to millions of people in the UK to treat chest infections has been linked to an increased risk of heart death, report The Daily Telegraph and The Independent...

Bone marrow drug could treat alopecia

Monday Aug 18 2014

Bone marrow drug could treat alopecia

"Alopecia sufferers given new treatment hope with repurposed drug," The Guardian reports. A drug used to treat bone marrow cancer, ruxolitinib, reversed hair loss in three patients…

Anti-obesity drugs 'may still work in middle-age'

Wednesday Aug 13 2014

Middle-age spread is best dealt with by eating less and getting more exercise

“Drug to halt the dreaded spread of middle age,” reports The Daily Telegraph, with similar headlines on the Daily Express and Daily Mail websites. However, these claims are rather premature given the research they’re based on anti-obesity drugs...

Daily aspirin 'reduces cancer risk', study finds

Wednesday Aug 6 2014

Daily aspirin 'reduces bowel and stomach cancer risk,' study says

Taking aspirin every day could cut your risk of developing cancer, report BBC News and The Daily Telegraph among other news outlets, after the publication of a large-scale review of the evidence...

Steep rise in antibiotic use for coughs and colds

Tuesday Aug 5 2014

Steep rise in antibiotic use for coughs and colds

The number of patients given antibiotics for coughs and colds has soared 40% despite warnings, a study finds.

Could HIV drugs help treat multiple sclerosis?

Tuesday Aug 5 2014

HIV drugs may be help treat MS

"Could MS patients be treated with HIV drugs?" ask the Mail Online and The Independent after a new study discovered people with HIV were almost two-thirds less likely (62%) to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) than those who did not have the virus...

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