Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Sugar intake guideline 'needs lowering'

Tuesday Sep 16 2014

Sugar intake guideline 'needs lowering'

"Sugar intake must be slashed further, say scientists," BBC News reports. A new study suggests that lowering the recommended limit to less than 3% would improve public dental health…

Pregnant drinking may harm kids' mental health

Friday Sep 12 2014

Advice is clear: avoid alcohol in pregnancy

"Binge drinking ONCE during pregnancy can damage your child's mental health and school results," says the Mail Online. The headline follows an analysis of results from...

Sibling bullying linked to young adult depression

Tuesday Sep 9 2014

Sibling bullying linked to adult depression

“Being bullied regularly by a sibling could put children at risk of depression when they are older,” BBC News reports. A new UK study followed children from birth to early adulthood. Analysis of more than 3,000 children found…

1 in 5 child deaths 'preventable'

Friday Sep 5 2014

1 in 5 child deaths 'preventable'

“One in five child deaths ‘preventable’,” reports BBC News. The headline was prompted by the publication of a three-part series of papers on child death in high-income countries published in The Lancet…

Missing breakfast linked to type 2 diabetes

Wednesday Sep 3 2014

Missing breakfast linked to type 2 diabetes

"Skipping breakfast in childhood may raise the risk of diabetes," the Mail Online reports. A study of UK schoolchildren found that those who didn’t regularly eat breakfast had early signs of having risk markers for type 2 diabetes...

Antidepressant use in pregnancy linked to ADHD

Wednesday Aug 27 2014

Antidepressant use in pregnancy linked to ADHD

'Pregnant women who take anti-depressants 'could raise their child's risk of ADHD’' the Daily Mail reports. Researchers found that women who used the drugs in pregnancy had an increase risk of having a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder…

Autistic brain 'overloaded with connections'

Friday Aug 22 2014

Autistic brain 'overloaded with connections'

"Scientists discover people with autism have too many brain 'connections'," the Mail Online reports. US research suggests that people with an autistic spectrum disorder have an excessive amount of neural connections inside their brain…

Is breastfeeding inability causing depression?

Wednesday Aug 20 2014

Is breastfeeding inability causing depression?

Mothers who plan but fail to breastfeed their babies are more likely to suffer from postnatal depression, report BBC News and the Independent.

Growth of newborn babies' brains tracked

Tuesday Aug 12 2014

Babies brains grow 65% in their first 90 days, research suggests

"Scans chart how quickly babies' brains grow," reports BBC News Online. The headline follows a fascinating study that shows newborn babies' brains are about a third the size of an adult's at birth, and rapidly grow...

Video games 'beneficial' for children

Monday Aug 4 2014

A new study looked at whether playing computer games is beneficial

Children who play video games for less than an hour every day were better adjusted than those who did not play at all, a study finds.

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