Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Spoons lead to inaccurate medicine doses for kids

Tuesday Jul 15 2014

Spoon measurements confusing for parents

“Using a spoon to measure medicine for children can lead to potentially dangerous dosing mistakes,” the Daily Mail reports. Parents have long been instructed to provide liquid medication to their children in dosages…

Aggressive breast cancer protein discovered

Monday Jul 7 2014

Scientists make breakthrough in breast cancer research

"A breakthrough by scientists could lead to a new treatment for one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer," the Mail Online reports. Researchers have identified a protein called integrin αvβ6…

Teens could be given whooping cough booster

Wednesday Jun 25 2014

Teens may need whooping cough booster

“One in five children who see a doctor with a persistent cough may have…whooping cough, new research indicates,” The Independent reports. These findings have sparked calls for teenagers to be given a booster dose of the vaccine.

Antidepressant suicide warnings 'backfired'

Thursday Jun 19 2014

Antidepressant suicide warnings 'backfired'

"Antidepressant suicide warnings 'may have backfired','' BBC News reports. Media reports about an alleged risk of suicide in the young taking antidepressants appears to have led to a drop in antidepressant use and a corresponding rise in suicide attempts…

New weapon found in the war against superbugs

Thursday Jun 19 2014

New weapon in the war against superbugs

"British university makes antibiotic resistance breakthrough," The Independent reports after new research found a method that could be used to attack the outer membrane of bacteria. This may help combat the threat of antibiotic resistance…

Is obesity jab 'two years away'?

Monday Jun 9 2014

Fat busting exercise jab 'two years away' claims

“New obesity jab could be available within two years,” the Mail Online reports. The headline comes following news that scientists have identified a protein that may help stimulate the production of brown fat.

Wikipedia 'not a reliable source' of health advice

Wednesday May 28 2014

Wikipedia may be 'unreliable source' for health advice, study finds

"Don't use Wikipedia for medical advice," warns The Independent after a survey found factual errors in 9 out of 10 articles about the 10 most common medical conditions. This story is based on a study that assessed the information in Wikipedia articles…

Could an MS drug 'erase' traumatic memories?

Tuesday May 27 2014

MS drug 'may help erase traumatic memory'

"A drug could be re-purposed to erase painful memories from people who have suffered trauma and pain," The Independent reports. The news comes from a study involving mice that measured their response to a series of electric shocks…

Fresh hope in hunt for malaria vaccine

Friday May 23 2014

Fresh hope for malaria vaccine

“A group of children… naturally immune to malaria are helping scientists to develop a new vaccine,” BBC News reports. Researchers hope the children could be key to developing a viable vaccine for malaria…

Could a compound found in cannabis treat epilepsy?

Friday May 23 2014

Researchers looked at whether a cannabis compound prevents seizures

"Cannabis could be used to help treat epilepsy," the Mail Online reports. A leading epilepsy medical journal has published a critical review summarising the evidence of the benefits of cannabis – specifically the compound cannabidiols…

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