Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Sexual harassment in the workplace linked to depression

Monday Sep 25 2017

News that sexual harassment in the workplace can cause depression and work absence has hit the headlines after the results of a Danish study were published...

Any type of physical exercise is good for the heart

Friday Sep 22 2017

"Vacuuming and scrubbing the floor are enough exercise to protect the heart and extend life," reports The Telegraph, with other media sources reporting a similar finding – that physical activity in our everyday lives is just as good as going to the gym...

Lightning Process 'could help children with chronic fatigue syndrome', study claims

Thursday Sep 21 2017

"Controversial Lightning Process 'helps children with chronic fatigue syndrome'," reports The Guardian. A UK study investigated whether a treatment called the Lightning Process helped teenagers being treated for chronic fatigue syndrome…

Many teenagers reporting symptoms of depression

Wednesday Sep 20 2017

"One in four British girls hit by depression at 14 as experts blame increase in cyber bullying and academic pressure," says the Sun after a large study found 24% of 14 year-old girls in the UK report symptoms of depression…

Single-injection vaccine device a long way off

Monday Sep 18 2017

"Scientists invent injection that could deliver every childhood vaccine in one go," reports The Independent. Various media sources have run stories on a new injection they claim could allow multiple childhood vaccines to be delivered in a single jab…

Women more likely than men to lose interest in sex

Friday Sep 15 2017

"Women get bored of having sex with their partner after just a year together, a new study suggests," is the rather crass story in the Mail Online. The news is based on research that actually found multiple factors...

Tattoo ink particles can spread into lymph nodes

Thursday Sep 14 2017

"Tattoos could give you cancer, new research suggests," is the entirely unsupported claim from the Mail Online. The news come from a study that found evidence particles from tattoo ink can spread into lymph nodes...

No change to alcohol guidelines for pregnancy

Tuesday Sep 12 2017

"There is little evidence having the occasional drink while pregnant harms a baby," reports the Mail Online. This follows a review of international research looking at whether low alcohol consumption was linked with adverse pregnancy outcomes…

Avoid eating just before your bedtime, study recommends

Monday Sep 11 2017

"It's not what you eat, it's when you eat that matters: study shows timing your meals right is the key to beating obesity," the Mail Online reports...

Could a Mediterranean diet be as good as drugs for acid reflux?

Friday Sep 8 2017

"Why the Mediterranean diet is the best cure for acid reflux: Study found patients who ate plenty of fish and veg had fewer symptoms and avoided side effects of medication," the Mail Online reports...

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