Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Cancer treatment response may be affected by gut bacteria

Friday Nov 3 2017

"Gut bacteria 'boost' cancer therapy," BBC News reports. The news comes from research into whether people with cancer might respond differently to cancer treatment depending on the bacteria in their gut...

Could a blood test in middle age predict dementia risk?

Thursday Nov 2 2017

"Tissue inflammation blood test points to dementia risk," is the headline in The Times...

Acid reflux drugs linked to increased stomach cancer risk

Wednesday Nov 1 2017

"A drug commonly used to treat acid reflux is linked to a more than doubled risk of developing stomach cancer," reports The Guardian…

Nutrient drink for Alzheimer's has disappointing result in trial

Tuesday Oct 31 2017

BBC News tells us the "Alzheimer's nutrient drink falters in clinical trial" but the Daily Mirror reports the drink "could help stave off Alzheimer's disease, according to scientists"...

Marriage may help lower dementia risk

Monday Oct 30 2017

"Marriage and having close friends may help protect against dementia, according to Loughborough University researchers," BBC News reports...

Afternoon open heart surgery 'leads to fewer complications'

Friday Oct 27 2017

"Afternoon heart surgery has lower risk of complications, study suggests," says The Guardian.

Report calls for better mental health support in the workplace

Thursday Oct 26 2017

"Up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their jobs each year, a report says," writes BBC News...

Blood-thinning drugs may reduce dementia risk in people with irregular heartbeats

Wednesday Oct 25 2017

"Common blood thinning drugs halve the risk of dementia for patients who have an irregular heartbeat," reports the Mail Online...

New genetic variants associated with breast cancer identified

Wednesday Oct 25 2017

"Do you have one of the 180 breast cancer genes? One in five women has a variant that raises her risk of the condition by a third" is the rather inaccurate headline in the Mail Online.

Eating mushrooms at breakfast may help you feel fuller

Monday Oct 23 2017

'Starting the day with mushrooms could help you shed pounds from your waistline, new research has found' the Mail Online reports...

Miracle cure or scam?

Will an online miracle cure really provide the answer to your health problem?

Health anxiety (hypochondria)

Most of us worry about our health from time to time. But for some people, this worry never goes away and becomes a problem in itself

Miracle foods: myths and the media

Can a curry save your life? Read our report on the supposed health benefits of common foods

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Sugar intake should be reduced

Sugar intake should be drastically reduced, says report

A new government report recommends no more than 5% of our calorie intake should come from 'free sugars'. The previous recommendation was 10%