Behind the headlines

Unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories

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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Attending all-girl school linked to increased risk of eating disorders

25 Apr 2016
Unhappy teenage girl "Anorexia could be 'contagious' in girls' schools," the Daily Telegraph reports, while the Mail Online claims that, "Pushy parents are driving children to eating disorders."
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Daily low-dose aspirin may help combat cancer

25 Apr 2016
Man placing pill on tongue "Aspirin could help beat cancer: Daily pill can 'cuts odds of dying of breast, bowel and prostate cancer by a fifth'," the Daily Mail reports.
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Child head injuries could harm relationship with parents

20 Apr 2016
Boy with head injury "A simple bang on the head can alter a child's relationship with their parents claim academics," the Daily Mail reports.
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Natural protein 'restores memory in mice with Alzheimer's'

20 Apr 2016
grandmother and granddaughter "Alzheimer's symptoms could be reversed by restoring protein in brain," The Daily Telegraph reports.
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Quitting smoking overnight 'better than cutting down gradually'

17 Mar 2016
Person breaking a cigarette in half "Want to quit smoking? Forget trying to cut down, if you really want to kick the habit 'going cold turkey is the best option'," is the headline from the Mail Online.
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