Behind the headlines

Unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories

Do artificial sweeteners raise diabetes risk?

19 Sep 2014
"Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes, claim scientists," reports The Guardian. But before you go clearing your fridge of diet colas, the research in question – extensive as it was – was mainly in mice.
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HPV urine test could screen for cervical cancer

18 Sep 2014
"A simple urine test which can detect the human papilloma virus (HPV) could offer women a much less invasive alternative to [current] cervical cancer screening," The Independent reports.
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Cosmetics blamed for raised child asthma risk

18 Sep 2014
"Chemicals in make-up and perfumes fuelling rise in children with asthma," reports the Mail Online.
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Brain scans offer fresh insights into ADHD

17 Sep 2014
Man getting MRI "Doctors could soon diagnose ADHD in children with a brain scan," is the over-exuberant headline from the Mail Online.
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Sugar intake guideline needs lowering

17 Sep 2014
Sugar and sugar cubes “Sugar intake must be slashed further,” reports BBC News today.
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Could meditation help combat migraines?

16 Sep 2014
“Daily meditation may be the most effective way of tackling migraine,” the Daily Express reports.
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'Rebooted' stem cells may lead to new treatments

16 Sep 2014
"Scientists have managed to 'reset' human stem cells," the Mail Online reports. It is hoped studying these cells will provide more information about the mechanics of early human development.
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Bacteria found in honey may help fight infection

12 Sep 2014
Close up of bee “Bacteria found in honeybee stomachs could be used as alternative to antibiotics,” reports The Independent.
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'Food addiction' doesn't exist, say scientists

12 Sep 2014
Woman eating hamburger and chips “Food is not addictive ... but eating is: Gorging is psychological compulsion, say experts,” the Mail Online reports.
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Wearing a bra 'doesn't raise breast cancer risk'

09 Sep 2014
woman putting on a bra “Scientists believe they have answered the decades long debate on whether wearing a bra can increase your risk of cancer,” reports The Daily Telegraph.
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