Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Hiding HIV virus 'flushed out' by skin cancer drug

Monday Aug 3 2015

"HIV flushed out by cancer drug", BBC News reports. This headline was prompted by laboratory research showing the promising results of a cancer drug being used to treat HIV…

Can the so-called 'male menopause' be treated with HRT?

Thursday Jul 30 2015

"New research suggests that testosterone deficiency in older men is much more prevalent than current screening methods suggest, and that more men would benefit from hormone treatment," The Daily Telegraph reports…

Some over-the-counter drugs may be linked to falls in older men

Wednesday Jul 29 2015

"Popular over-the-counter drugs for hay fever and insomnia may increase the risk of a serious fall among older men," the Daily Mail reports after a study suggested anticholinergic drugs, which can cause side effects such…

The placebo effect can still work, even if people know it's a placebo

Monday Jul 27 2015

"The placebo effect is real – even if you know the treatment you've been given has no medical value, research has concluded," the Mail Online reports. The study in question aimed to further understand how placebos – inactive or dummy treatments – work…

Antidepressant use in menopause linked to broken bones

Friday Jun 26 2015

"Taking antidepressants like Prozac to counter mood changes in menopause 'raises risk of broken bones'," the Daily Mail reports. A new study suggests that using SSRIs during the menopause may significantly increase the risk of bone fracture…

Mushroom supplement could be one way to tackle obesity

Wednesday Jun 24 2015

"A mushroom used for centuries in Chinese medicine reduces weight gain in animals," BBC News reports. A supplement from the Ganoderma lucidum mushroom reduced weight gain by altering bacteria inside the digestive system of mice…

New chlamydia vaccine shows promise after being tested on mice

Friday Jun 19 2015

“Researchers in the United States say they have developed a vaccine that can protect against chlamydia,” The Independent reports. Initial results in mice have shown promise…

Could avocados hold the key to treating leukaemia?

Wednesday Jun 17 2015

"Avocados could hold the key to helping beat rare form of leukaemia," The Independent reports. A substance in the fruit, avocatin B, was found in lab studies to effectively target acute myeloid leukaemia, a rare and aggressive blood cancer…

Four out of ten Brits may naturally show fewer flu symptoms

Tuesday Jun 16 2015

"Four in 10 Britons immune to flu symptoms, leading to hopes of a new vaccine," The Independent reports. A survey of around 1,400 people found 43% of them had a type of immune cell – T cells – that helps protect against infection…

Immunotherapy drug combo could combat melanoma

Monday Jun 1 2015

"New era in the war on cancer," is the over-hyped headline on the front of the Daily Mail. The new era refers to a trial looking at whether a combination of immunotherapy drugs could help with advanced melanoma skin cancer…

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