Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Pregnant women 'should avoid sleeping on back in last trimester'

Friday Oct 13 2017

"New warning to pregnant women: Do not sleep on your back in the last trimester as it could cause stillbirth, claim experts," the Mail Online reports...

Hormonal fertility tests 'waste of time and money'

Thursday Oct 12 2017

"Fertility MOTs' are a waste of money," reports The Daily Telegraph after researchers in the US found hormones tested in "ovarian reserve" fertility test kits bear no relation to how likely women were to get pregnant...

Youngest children in school year 'more likely' to get ADHD diagnosis

Tuesday Oct 10 2017

"Youngest children in class more likely to be labelled hyperactive," The Times reports. A Finnish study raises the possibility that some children may have been misdiagnosed with ADHD, when in fact their behaviour was age-appropriate...

Study links vegetarian diet in pregnancy to substance abuse in offspring

Wednesday Oct 4 2017

"Pregnant vegetarians are three times more likely to have kids who abuse drugs and alcohol," reports the Mail Online. Researchers claim to have found a link between substance abuse at age 15, and diet of the child's mother during pregnancy...

Has measles really been 'eliminated' in the UK?

Thursday Sep 28 2017

'Measles eliminated in the UK for the first time' reports The Daily Telegraph...

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…

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…

Older babies 'sleep better' in their own room

Tuesday Sep 5 2017

'Babies who sleep in separate rooms from their parents have earlier bedtimes, take less time to nod off and get more shut eye' the Mail Online reports. That was a finding of an international survey looking at sleeping habits in infants aged 6-12 months…

C-section mums warned about dangers of 'vaginal seeding'

Wednesday Aug 23 2017

"A technique called vaginal seeding, sometimes used for babies born by caesarean section, 'can give newborns deadly infections and sepsis'," warns the Mail Online. While this arguably overstates the risk the practice is not recommended…

Reports that antibacterials in pregnancy are 'harmful' unfounded

Monday Aug 14 2017

"Warning to pregnant women, don't use antibacterial soap! Chemicals in the products can make children fat and disrupt their development," is the alarming, yet entirely unsupported, headline from the Mail Online...

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