Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

'Tooth loss link to increased risk of dementia'

Thursday Mar 9 2017

"Dementia breakthrough: Brushing your teeth 'can help ward off devastating condition'," reads the Daily Express. The news is based on a study that found tooth loss was associated with an increased risk...

Heading footballs 'linked to brain damage in professional players'

Wednesday Feb 15 2017

"As evidence of dementia link to football emerges is it time to stop kids heading the ball?" is the question on the front page of the Daily Mirror. The headline was prompted by the results of a small study where post-mortems…

Poor sleep may affect good sex in later life

Thursday Feb 2 2017

"Good night's sleep boosts sex life for women over 50," reports the Mail Online. US researchers asked more than 93,000 women aged 50 to 79 about their sleep patterns, difficulty sleeping, sexual activity and sexual satisfaction...

People who live near busy roads have higher dementia rates

Thursday Jan 5 2017

"People who live near major roads have higher rates of dementia," BBC News reports. A Canadian study found that people who lived within 50 metres of a busy road were 7% more likely to develop dementia than people who live at least 300 metres away…

Grandparents who babysit 'tend to live longer'

Tuesday Jan 3 2017

"Grandparents who babysit their grandchildren tend to live longer than seniors who do not care for other people, a study has found," the Mail Online reports. Researchers found grandparent babysitters had a 37% lower mortality risk…

New laser therapy for low-risk prostate cancer shows promise

Tuesday Dec 20 2016

"A drug activated by laser light successfully destroys early prostate cancer while avoiding side effects … results have shown," The Guardian reports. This new technique may offer an alternative treatment to the current "wait and see" approach…

Report looks at the health of the 'baby boomer' generation

Friday Dec 9 2016

"Baby boomers should 'stay in work to keep healthy'," reports BBC News, while The Daily Telegraph warns that "Swinging sixty-somethings see swell in sexually transmitted diseases"…

'Not enough over-50s' taking aspirin to prevent heart disease

Thursday Dec 1 2016

"Aspirin a day could dramatically cut cancer and heart disease risk … study claims," the Mail Online reports. U.S. researchers ran a simulation of what might happen if all Americans over 50 years old took aspirin on a daily basis…

'Want to live longer? Try racquet sports', recommends study

Wednesday Nov 30 2016

"If you want to stave off death for as long as possible, you might want to reach for a tennis racquet," The Guardian reports. A study looking at the impact of individual sports on mortality found racquet sports reduced the risk of death by around 47%...

Does vitamin D cut lung infection risk in older adults?

Friday Nov 18 2016

"Why you should take vitamin D as you get older: High doses reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses by 40%," the Mail Online reports. Researchers in Colorado investigated whether a high dose of vitamin D in older adults…

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