Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Teen vapers 'more likely to take up smoking'

Thursday Nov 10 2016

"Vaping raises likelihood of teenagers starting to smoke, study suggests," The Guardian reports. A study of US teens found those who regularly vaped were more likely to progress to tobacco smoking than their non-vaping peers…

Hopes raised that Zika virus could be treated in the womb

Wednesday Nov 9 2016

"Scientists say they may have found a way to protect babies in the womb from the harmful effects of Zika," BBC News reports. Researchers have had success using antibody therapy to treat mice when they were still in their mothers' womb…

Smartphones and tablets 'disrupt children's sleep'

Wednesday Nov 2 2016

"Streaming instead of dreaming: Using phones and tablets before bed stops kids from sleeping and can lead to health issues" is the rather poetic headline from the Mail Online. A review of previous data found significant…

Male contraceptive jab 'effective', but side effects are common

Friday Oct 28 2016

"Male contraceptive injection '96% effective'," ITV News reports. The news comes from a study looking at a new type of male contraceptive injection, which was found to be effective – but side effects like acne and mood changes were common…

Study recommends screening toddlers for heart disease risk

Thursday Oct 27 2016

"Toddlers should be screened for an inherited form of heart disease … experts suggest," BBC News reports. A new study looked at the feasibility of screening for familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), an inherited…

Parent training may benefit children with severe autism

Wednesday Oct 26 2016

"A new form of therapy has for the first time been shown to improve the symptoms and behaviour of autistic children," The Guardian reports. A new trial looked at the impact of early intervention in children with severe autism...

Does IVF cut birth defect risk in babies with older mothers?

Monday Oct 17 2016

"Women aged 40 or over are less likely to have babies with birth defects if they conceive by IVF," the Daily Mail reports, while The Daily Telegraph adds that, "Older mothers have healthier babies if they conceive using IVF"…

Fussy eating in children may be partially genetic

Friday Oct 14 2016

"Is your child a fussy eater? It could be down to genetics not parenting," the Daily Mirror reports. A study involving twins suggests food fussiness as well as food neophobia – unwillingness to try new foods – may partially be the result of genetics…

Does vitamin D in pregnancy prevent ADHD?

Monday Oct 10 2016

"Sunbathing mothers guard against hyperactive babies," The Daily Telegraph reports – a headline that achieves the dubious dual distinction of being both inaccurate and irresponsible…

Men conceived by IVF 'may inherit sperm problems'

Thursday Oct 6 2016

"Baby boys born through a common type of IVF treatment … may not be [able to] have children naturally," The Daily Telegraph reports. A new study has looked at a small sample of men born using the…

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