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Your guide to the science that makes the news

Water fluoridation 'a safe way of stopping tooth decay'

Thursday Aug 20 2015

Water fluoridation 'a safe way of stopping tooth decay'

"Adding fluoride to tap water could save the NHS millions and dramatically improve children's dental health," the Mail Online reports. A new UK study concluded that water fluoridation is a "safe and effective way" of preventing tooth decay…

Does red meat affect male fertility?

Tuesday Aug 11 2015

Chicken linked to increased male fertility, red meat to infertility

"Want to be a dad? Cut out sausages and eat chicken," the Daily Mail reports, prompted by the findings of a recent study into diet and fertility outcomes for couples undergoing fertility treatment…

Iodine supplements could help mums, babies and the economy

Monday Aug 10 2015

Iodine supplements could help mums, babies and the economy

"Providing pregnant women with iodine supplements could boost children’s intelligence and save thousands of pounds in future health costs," The Daily Telegraph reports...

Nose balloon could be used to treat glue ear

Tuesday Jul 28 2015

How a nose balloon could help treat glue ear

"Using the nose to inflate a balloon helps heal glue ear," BBC News reports. The technique, known as autoinflation, was found to be effective in around half of cases of this common childhood ear condition…

Unhealthy thinking about body and weight 'can start in childhood'

Thursday Jul 23 2015

Unhealthy thinking about body and weight 'can start in childhood'

"Basis for eating disorders found in children as young as eight," The Guardian reports. A new UK survey of around 6,000 children found the roots of unhealthy thinking about body and weight can predate adolescence…

Sugar intake should be drastically reduced says report

Friday Jul 17 2015

Sugar intake should be cut by half, report recommends

"Sugar intake 'should be halved'," BBC News reports. The headline is prompted by a government report that recommends no more than 5% of our calorie intake should come from "free sugars". The previous recommendation was 10%...

Homer Simpson and Peppa Pig 'linked to childhood obesity'

Friday Jul 17 2015

Is there a link between Peppa Pig and children overeating?

"Peppa Pig and Homer Simpson could be fuelling the child obesity crisis by causing youngsters to eat more," The Daily Telegraph reports after a series of psychological experiments found a link between exposure to overweight characters…

Reports that 1 pregnant woman in 3 in UK binge drink unconfirmed

Tuesday Jul 7 2015

Reports that 1 in 3 of UK pregnant women binge drink unconfirmed

"A third of British women risk doing severe harm to their unborn babies by binge drinking during pregnancy," the Mail Online reports. While a concerning statistic, the evidence behind the headline is perhaps not as clear-cut…

Report warns of threat to unborn babies from CMV virus

Tuesday Jun 30 2015

Report warns of threat to unborn babies from 'stealth virus' CMV

"Thousands of pregnant women are unwittingly passing on infections to their unborn babies that cause severe disabilities," is the headline in the Daily Mail after a new report highlighted the risks cytomegalovirus (CMV) can pose to pregnancies…

Women with history of stillbirth at 'high risk of another'

Friday Jun 26 2015

Women with history of stillbirth at 'high risk for another'

“Women who suffer stillbirths are four times more likely to suffer the tragedy again,” the Daily Mirror reports. Researchers warn that women with a history of stillbirth should be regarded as being at high risk of another...

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