Behind the headlines

Unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories

Therapy reduces risk of suicide or self-harm

25 Nov 2014
Man in therapy “Talk therapy sessions can help reduce the risk of suicide among high-risk groups,” BBC News reports.
Read more

Report links obesity to advanced prostate cancer

20 Nov 2014
Obese man's waist "Being overweight raises risk of men developing aggressive prostate cancer," The Guardian reports.
Read more

Triclosan soap linked to mouse liver cancers

19 Nov 2014
Washing hands “A chemical ingredient of cosmetics, soaps, detergents, shampoos and toothpaste has been found to trigger liver cancer,” reports The Independent. The chemical in question, triclosan, is used in many products as an antibacterial.
Read more

Just one kiss 'spreads 80 million bugs'

18 Nov 2014
Couple kissing "A single 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million bacteria," BBC News reports. Dutch scientists took "before and after" samples from 21 couples to see the effect an intimate kiss had on the bacteria found in the mouth.
Read more

Do people who take weight loss pills eat unhealthily?

17 Nov 2014
Diet pills "Are slimming pills fuelling the obesity epidemic?" asks the Mail Online, reporting on research that suggests dieters "mistakenly believe they can eat whatever they want" after taking weight loss drugs.
Read more

'Good ways to pop a pill'

17 Nov 2014
Man placing pill on tongue “Just a spoonful of water helps the medicine go down: Scientists discover the best way to swallow tablets,” explains the Mail Online today.
Read more

Long-term mobile phone use and brain cancer

14 Nov 2014
"Do mobile and cordless phones raise the risk of brain cancer?" asks the Mail Online
Read more

Health workers 'neglect hygiene late in their shifts'

13 Nov 2014
“Visit hospital in the morning to be sure of a doctor with clean hands,” reports The Daily Telegraph.
Read more

Genes tweaked to 'starve' prostate cancer cells

12 Nov 2014
Prostate cancer bracelets "Prostate cancer could be 'halted' by injections," reports The Independent.
Read more

Are pollution and attention problems related?

11 Nov 2014
“Could ADHD be triggered by mothers being exposed to air pollution while pregnant?,” asks the Mail Online.
Read more