Behind the headlines

Unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories

Zika virus 'does cause birth defects'

06 Jul 2016
"Brazilian study boosts theory that Zika causes birth defect," The Guardian reports.
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"Stop demonising butter", say researchers

05 Jul 2016
Block of butter "Butter has been wrongly 'demonised' as unhealthy," reports the Daily Express following the publication of a study that found eating butter did not increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
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Risky stem cell treatment 'halts progress of multiple sclerosis'

15 Jun 2016
Man with Multiple Sclerosis "New treatment can 'halt' multiple sclerosis, says study," BBC News reports.
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Study says there's no link between cholesterol and heart disease

15 Jun 2016
Blood sample "Controversial report claims there's no link between 'bad cholesterol' and heart disease," the Daily Mail reports, while The Times states: "Bad cholesterol 'helps you live longer',".
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Link between stillbirth and air pollution 'inconclusive'

26 May 2016
City skyline with pollution "Air pollution may raise risk of stillbirth and pregnant women should consider leaving cities, say scientists," The Daily Telegraph reports.
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Healthier lifestyles 'could cut cancer death rates'

23 May 2016
Couple cycling in park "Half of all cancer deaths could be avoided if people simply adopted a healthier lifestyle," the Daily Mail reports.
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Review calls for global action to tackle antibiotic resistance crisis

23 May 2016
Superbug definition "Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now," BBC News reports.
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Exercise benefits you - even in polluted city air

09 May 2016
Man running in city "Why walking is good for you ... even in the smog. Health benefits of a stroll found to outweigh harm caused by chemicals and dust pumped out by traffic," says the Mail Online.
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Can you really 'catch' obesity?

09 May 2016
Overweight family "Obesity could be contagious like superbug C diff, suggest scientists," The Daily Telegraph reports. This rather alarming headline follows a study that explored characteristics of bacteria living in the human gut.
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