Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

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...

Bedbugs thought to 'hitchhike' on dirty holiday laundry

Friday Sep 29 2017

"Dirty laundry a powerful magnet for bedbugs, study finds," is The Guardian's headline, with The Times and The Daily Telegraph also covering this creepy-crawly story...

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...

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...

Sitting 20 minutes less a day won't make you more 'muscly'

Thursday Aug 31 2017

"Spending just 20 minutes less sitting a day reduces blood sugar levels, improves cholesterol AND even makes you more muscly," is the Mail Online's overly optimistic claim…

Reports that 'women have more stamina' look a little weak

Tuesday Aug 29 2017

"Women have more stamina than men," is the definitive sounding, yet entirely unsupported headline in The Times. The study the headline is based on involved just nine women and eight men. Researchers asked each participant to do an exercise…

10-minute walk a day app to tackle 'inactivity epidemic'

Thursday Aug 24 2017

"Health bosses say 45 per cent of over-16s are so sedentary they do not manage the health-boosting ten-minute walk," the Daily Mail reports. Data found that more than 6.3 million adults failed to achieve just 10 minutes of brisk walking per month…

People who regularly groom their pubic hair at risk of injuries

Thursday Aug 17 2017

"A quarter of Americans are injured and hospitalized by tidying up 'down there'," the Mail Online reports. The headline is prompted by a survey which asked 7,570 adults about pubic hair removal and "grooming" (such as waxing)…

Kitchen sponges may be a 'bacteria hotspot' – but no need to worry

Thursday Aug 3 2017

"Study finds just a sugar-cube sized piece of kitchen sponge can contain 54 BILLION bacterial cells," the Mail Online reports. A German study sampled a number of different kitchen sponges and found they contained far more bacteria than expected…

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