Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

NICE issues new guidelines on sexting in teens

Tuesday Sep 20 2016

"An NHS watchdog has issued advice about sexting to help professionals spot the difference between 'normal' sexual experimentation and harmful sexual behaviour among children and teens," BBC News reports…

Could fertility breakthrough lead to babies with no mothers?

Thursday Sep 15 2016

"Fertility breakthrough means babies could be conceived from skin cells – so men can have babies with each other," is the excitable headline in the Daily Mirror. But the research in the news is at an early stage – and was in mice…

Coil 'more effective' than morning after pill

Monday Sep 12 2016

"Women should use the coil rather than the morning-after pill as emergency contraception, according to official new guidelines," the Mail Online reports. The guidelines, from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence…

C-section babies 'more likely' to grow up obese

Wednesday Sep 7 2016

"Babies born by caesarean more likely to be obese as adults, study suggests," The Guardian reports. A US study found that babies born via caesarean section had a 64% increased risk of becoming obese compared to their siblings born by vaginal delivery…

Vitamin D 'protects against severe asthma attacks'

Tuesday Sep 6 2016

"Vitamin D supplements could halve risk of serious asthma attacks," The Guardian reports. A review of previous data found that vitamin D supplements could have a protective effect against serious asthma attacks when taken alongside...

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…

A baby's gut bacteria 'could influence allergy risk'

Saturday Aug 13 2016

"Feeding infants good bacteria 'can slash their risk of getting asthma'," is the Mail Online's entirely speculative headline. The study the news comes from did find a link between certain patterns of gut bacteria and fungi…

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…

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