Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

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…

Drugs, ginger and acupuncture 'best for morning sickness'

Wednesday Jun 22 2016

"Hundreds of thousands of pregnant women with morning sickness should be given drugs to ease their symptoms," the Daily Mirror reports. The recommendation comes from a set of new guidelines that also say ginger…

Coffee's cancer risk downgraded (as long as you don't drink it hot)

Thursday Jun 16 2016

"Very hot drinks may cause cancer, but coffee does not, says WHO," The Guardian reports. A review by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that only beverages consumed at higher than 65C posed a possible cancer risk…

Report attacks official guidance on low-fat diets

Monday May 23 2016

"Low-fat diet bad for your health and cutting back on meat, dairy and eggs a disastrous mistake," the Daily Mirror reports. That is the main message of a controversial report attacking official UK guidelines on diet and weight loss…

Review calls for global action to tackle antibiotic resistance crisis

Friday May 20 2016

"Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now," BBC News reports. A review commissioned by the UK government says wide-ranging action is required at a global level to prevent a post-antibiotic future…

Warning issued over alarming rise in 'super-gonorrhoea' cases

Monday Apr 18 2016

"Doctors have expressed 'huge concern' that super-gonorrhoea has spread widely across England," BBC News reports. Public Health England issued the warning about the rise of a strain of gonorrhoea that has developed resistance to a widely used antibiotic…

Zika virus 'does cause birth defects'

Thursday Apr 14 2016

"The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … has confirmed that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects," BBC News reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that…

Air pollution 'kills 40,000 a year' in the UK, says report

Tuesday Feb 23 2016

"Air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK," BBC News reports. The figures are the conclusion of a report assessing the impact of air pollution on public health in the UK…

New NICE guidelines on sun exposure warn 'tanning is unsafe'

Wednesday Feb 10 2016

"No safe way to suntan, new NICE guidance warns," BBC News reports. Though the guidelines also stress the benefits of moderate sun exposure to prevent vitamin D deficiency; which is more common in the UK than many people realise…

UK regulators give go-ahead for 'embryo editing'

Tuesday Feb 2 2016

"UK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos," BBC News reports. The UK body that regulates research into embryos…

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