Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Calls for research into effects of ultrasound exposure on health

Wednesday Jan 20 2016

"Ultrasound in public places could be triggering sickness," the Daily Mail reports. Ultrasounds are high frequency sound waves used by a wide range of devices, and are thought to be inaudible to most humans...

New alcohol advice issued

Friday Jan 8 2016

New proposed guidelines on alcohol, drawn up by the Chief Medical Officers of the UK, have been published today. The expert group that produced the guidelines looked at the body of new evidence about the potential harms of alcohol…

Our news predictions for 2016

Thursday Dec 31 2015

What will be the big health news stories for 2016? We take a look in the Behind the Headlines crystal ball and offer our predictions…

Behind the Headlines' Top Five of Top Fives 2015

Thursday Dec 24 2015

As we move towards the end of the 2015, like all news sources, we fall back on that classic space filler – the list story. So, without further ado, here is the official Behind the Headlines' Top Five of Top Fives stories of 2015...

New guidelines on end of life care published by NICE

Wednesday Dec 16 2015

"NICE urges doctors to treat dying patients as individuals," BBC News reports. The headline is prompted by the publication of new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on end of life care…

Antibiotic use in farm animals 'threatens human health'

Wednesday Dec 9 2015

"Farmers need to dramatically cut the amount of antibiotics used in agriculture, because of the threat to human health, a report says," according to BBC News. The concern is agricultural antibiotic use is driving up levels…

Do potatoes reduce stomach cancer risk?

Tuesday Dec 1 2015

"Eating lots of potatoes will reduce your risk of getting stomach cancer," according to enthusiastic media reports that seized on the UK's love affair with the spud...

Gene editing breakthrough in treating baby’s leukaemia

Friday Nov 6 2015

"Baby girl is first in the world to be treated with 'designer immune cells'," The Guardian reports. Pioneering work carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital made use of a novel technique known as genome editing…

Processed meat 'causes cancer' warns official report

Tuesday Oct 27 2015

"Processed meat ranks alongside smoking as major cause of cancer, World Health Organisation [WHO] says," The Daily Telegraph reports. They have been ranked as a group one carcinogen – the same ranking as cigarettes, alcohol and asbestos…

Controversial 'sugar tax' report is finally published

Friday Oct 23 2015

"A sugar tax of up to 20 per cent is need[ed] on fizzy drinks and fattening snacks," the Daily Mail reports. It is one of eight recommendations from Public Health England designed to tackle the UK's love affair with the sweet stuff…

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