Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

How having 'senior moments' may be a good thing

Thursday Aug 27 2015

How having 'senior moments' may be a good thing

"Senior moments? Only worry if you don't notice them," the Daily Mail reports. A new study suggests becoming unaware of failing memory could be a warning sign of impending dementia…

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)…

Warnings of a dementia epidemic may be unfounded

Friday Aug 21 2015

Warnings of a dementia epidemic may have been unfounded

"Dementia may not be the fast-growing epidemic it has been painted to be," The Guardian reports. Latest data from Europe shows the percentage of dementia cases have levelled off, rather than increased…

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…

Music can help ease pain and anxiety after surgery

Thursday Aug 13 2015

Music can help ease pain and anxiety after surgery

"Listening to music before, during and after an operation can help reduce pain," BBC News reports. An analysis of data found evidence that people who listened to music had reduced anxiety and were less likely to request pain relief…

New brain diet 'slows mental decline'

Thursday Aug 6 2015

New brain diet 'slows mental decline'

"Eating food rich in vitamins and minerals keeps the brain younger," reports the Daily Express. The headline was prompted by a US study of a new diet called MIND, which appeared to slow down ageing of the brain...

Could eating spicy food help you live longer?

Wednesday Aug 5 2015

Could eating spicy food lower the risk of dying early?

"Curry really could be the spice of life," says The Daily Telegraph, reporting on a study looking at the link between regularly eating foods that contain capsaicin – found in chilli peppers – and the risk of dying early...

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

Thursday Jul 30 2015

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

"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…

Heart attack, stroke and diabetes 'can shorten life by 23 years'

Wednesday Jul 8 2015

Heart attack, stroke and diabetes 'can shorten life by 23 years'

"Suffering from heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes could knock 23 years off life," The Daily Telegraph reports, covering the stark conclusion of a major new UK study. The good news is many chronic diseases, such as stroke, are preventable…

GP receptionists 'could help prevent stroke deaths'

Monday Jun 29 2015

GP receptionists 'could help prevent stroke deaths'

"Teaching doctors' receptionists to spot the warning signs of strokes could save thousands of lives a year," the Daily Mail reports. Educating staff about the warning signs of a stroke, such as a droopy face and speaking…

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