Behind the headlines

Unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories

Sugary drinks killing 'hundreds of thousands', study estimates

01 Jul 2015
Glass full of sugar cubes “Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year, says study,” The Independent reports. This is the alarming claim of researchers who created a model of sugary drink-related deaths based on global consumption rates.
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If in doubt, sit them out: New guidance for managing concussion launched

30 Jun 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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Antidepressant use in menopause linked to broken bones

29 Jun 2015
blister of pills "Taking antidepressants like Prozac to counter mood changes in menopause 'raises risk of broken bones'," the Daily Mail reports. A new study suggests that using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during the menopause may increase the risk of bone fracture by around 76%.
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Could a smart insulin patch mean no more diabetic injections?

25 Jun 2015
abdomen insulin injection “A 'smart' insulin patch could replace painful injections to help millions of people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels in check,” the Daily Mirror reports; though the technology has only been tested on mice.
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Mushroom supplement could be one way to tackle obesity

25 Jun 2015
Ganoderma lucidum mushroom "A mushroom used for centuries in Chinese medicine reduces weight gain in animals," BBC News reports.
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Drinking 'plenty of red wine' won’t help you lose weight

24 Jun 2015
Man pouring glass of red wine Sorry to be party poopers, but The Daily Telegraph’s headline "How to lose weight – drink plenty of red wine," is simply nonsense. First, the study it reports on did not involve red wine. Second, it was carried out on mice, not humans.
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A case report about skinny jeans sparks media frenzy

24 Jun 2015
Woman in skinny jeans The UK media have had a field day with the suggestion that "Skinny Jeans Could Be Bad for Health".
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Weighing yourself every day may help with weight loss

22 Jun 2015
woman on scales "Stepping on the scales every day could be the key to weight loss, a study has found," the Mail Online reports. This report was based on a US study which suggested daily weighing can lead to a small, though sustainable, loss in weight.
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New chlamydia vaccine shows promise after being tested on mice

22 Jun 2015
chlamydia “Researchers in the United States say they have developed a vaccine that can protect against chlamydia,” The Independent reports. Initial results in mice have shown promise in protecting against this common sexually transmitted infection (STI).
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Too soon to say if breastfeeding problems could be genetic

19 Jun 2015
"Is your inability to breastfeed written in your genes?" the Mail Online asks. The question is prompted by animal research that discovered that problems with a protein called ZnT2 may restrict milk production after pregnancy.
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