Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Essure sterilisation implant has 'high risk' of complications

Wednesday Oct 14 2015

"According to US experts, women given Essure were ten times more likely to need a later operation than if they had undergone surgical sterilisation", the Daily Mail reports. Research found around 1 in 50 women with the implant required further surgery…

Does surfing the internet raise your blood pressure?

Thursday Oct 8 2015

"American researchers discovered a link between internet use and high blood pressure [in teens]," The Independent reports. But the study did not actually find heavy internet use was associated with high blood pressure...

Frozen ovarian transplants 'safe and effective'

Wednesday Oct 7 2015

"Ovarian tissue transplants for women who want to have a baby after cancer treatment appear to be safe and are very successful," The Guardian reports after a small Danish study found the technique has around a 1 in 3 pregnancy success rate…

Doctors should 'wait longer' before diagnosing miscarriage

Friday Sep 25 2015

'Doctors are being advised to wait longer before they diagnose a miscarriage' Guardian reports. A new study found evidence that suggest women should be given a second ultrasound scan, two weeks after the first, to confirm the diagnosis…

'No significant link' between breastfeeding and higher IQ

Thursday Sep 24 2015

"Breastfeeding has no benefit over bottle feeding when it comes to a child's IQ," the Daily Mail says, reporting on the results of a study that found no significant link between breastfeeding and increased intelligence…

Antidepressant paroxetine study 'under-reported data on harms'

Thursday Sep 17 2015

"Seroxat [paroxetine] study under-reported harmful effects on young people, say scientists," The Guardian reports. Researchers have reanalysed data about the antidepressant paroxetine…

No conclusive evidence that e-cigs tempt teens to smoke

Wednesday Sep 9 2015

"Young people who try e-cigarettes are much more likely to start smoking, scientists have concluded," The Daily Telegraph reports. Though the conclusion, such as it is, is based on just 16 teenagers...

Is shop-bought baby food 'too sweet'?

Thursday Sep 3 2015

"Baby foods found too sweet to encourage variety of tastes in children," says The Guardian. The newspaper reports on a survey of how much...

Goth teens 'at increased risk of depression and self-harm'

Friday Aug 28 2015

"Goths are three times more likely to be depressed than other teenagers, with 37% admitting to self-harming," the Daily Mail reports. A new study looked at mental health outcomes in young people who said they identified with the goth sub-culture…

Water fluoridation 'a safe way of stopping tooth decay'

Thursday Aug 20 2015

"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…

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