Behind the headlines

Unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories

Transvaginal mesh implants helpline launches

03 Aug 2015
stack of newspapers From Monday 3rd August, those affected by transvaginal mesh implants can phone a dedicated helpline for advice and support.
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Can the so-called 'male menopause' be treated with HRT?

31 Jul 2015
"New research suggests that testosterone deficiency in older men is much more prevalent than current screening methods suggest, and that more men would benefit from hormone treatment," The Daily Telegraph reports.
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Some over-the-counter drugs may be linked to falls in older men

30 Jul 2015
"Popular over-the-counter drugs for hay fever and insomnia may increase the risk of a serious fall among older men," the Daily Mail reports after a study suggested anticholinergic drugs, which can cause side effects such as blurred vision and drowsiness, could increase fall risk.
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Nose balloon could be used to treat glue ear

29 Jul 2015
"Using the nose to inflate a balloon helps heal glue ear," BBC News reports. The technique, known as autoinflation, was found to be effective in around half of cases of this common childhood ear condition.
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Study says 'size really doesn't matter' when it comes to a penis

27 Jul 2015
"Scientists claim they've worked out what makes the perfect penis," The Independent reports.
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If in doubt, sit them out: New guidance for managing concussion launched

17 Jul 2015
concussion guidance launch event Scotland has new guidance for managing concussion sustained during grassroots sport. The overriding message is that all concussions are serious and if in doubt, sit them out!
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Researchers identify protein that spreads cancer

16 Jul 2015
scientist looking at samples "Scientists have found a way of preventing the spread of cancer from the site of the original tumour," The Independent reports. Targeting proteins called DNA-PKcs could prevent cancer cells moving to other parts of the body. This is known as metastatic cancer and is often fatal.
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Should we worry about the 'flesh-eating killer bug'?

16 Jul 2015
Streptococcus bacteria A "terrifying" and "flesh-eating" bug that "kills one in four it infects invasively" is spreading around the world, warns The Daily Telegraph in news that surprisingly didn't make its front page.
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No proof tea is the 'elixir of life'

14 Jul 2015
pouring a cup of  tea "Is the elixir of life as simple as two cups of tea?," the Mail Online asks, prompted by a study looking at whether tea drinking is associated with a longer life expectancy in women.
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Heart attack, stroke and diabetes 'can shorten life by 23 years'

13 Jul 2015
Woman eating fast food on sofa "Suffering from heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes could knock 23 years off life," The Daily Telegraph reports, covering the stark conclusion of a major new UK study. The good news is many chronic diseases, such as stroke, are preventable.
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