Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Baby doll simulators may actually increase teen pregnancy rates

Friday Aug 26 2016

"Young girls exposed to electronic babies – designed to simulate the real experience of having a baby and discourage teenage pregnancy – were more likely to get pregnant," The Guardian reports…

Childhood head injury linked to range of adult health problems

Wednesday Aug 24 2016

"Millions of Brits face dying early because of something they did when they were children," says the Daily Mirror's needlessly alarming headline. The newspaper reports on a study which found that a head injury causing concussion…

Sudden infant death advice 'being ignored' due to flat head worries

Wednesday Aug 10 2016

"Parents are risking their babies' lives by putting expensive pillows in their cots to stop the back of their heads being flattened," the Daily Mail reports. A review of parental attitudes found some were ignoring advice…

Decline in dog sperm quality 'could be a concern for humans'

Wednesday Aug 10 2016

"Study showing decline in dog fertility may have human implications," The Guardian reports. The study in question found a decline in the quality of British dogs' sperm since 1988…

Public Health England: music festivals 'are measles hotspots'

Tuesday Aug 9 2016

"Music festivals including Glastonbury have become a hotbed of measles this summer, Public Health England has warned," BBC News reports. The public health body have called on young people to check their vaccination status before attending an event…

Could a hearing test help diagnose autism in babies?

Wednesday Jul 27 2016

"A hearing test is being hailed as a revolutionary technique to spot autism years earlier than current methods can," the Mail Online reports. The test is based on measuring how the inner ear reacts to sound…

The new guidelines on vitamin D – what you need to know

Thursday Jul 21 2016

"Experts recommend everyone consider vitamin D supplements over winter," says a headline in today's Daily Mail, while The Guardian urges "Tuck into tuna, salmon and eggs or take vitamin D pills…

Zika virus epidemic to last 'another three years'

Friday Jul 15 2016

"Zika epidemic to last another three years as 'too late' to control it, say researchers," reports the Telegraph Online. A team of researchers at Imperial College London aimed to explore the dynamics of the current Zika epidemic in Latin America...

Pregnancy supplements 'don’t help, just take vit D and folic acid'

Tuesday Jul 12 2016

"Pregnancy multivitamins are a waste of money because most mothers-to-be do not need them, according to researchers," BBC News reports. A new report found that only the use of vitamin D and folic acid in pregnancy was supported by the evidence…

Thumb sucking and nail biting not key to preventing child allergies

Monday Jul 11 2016

"Children who suck their thumbs and bite their nails suffer fewer allergies, study finds," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers have reported a link between these common childhood habits and a lower rate of positive allergy tests…

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