Behind the headlines

Unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories

Transvaginal mesh implants

05 Mar 2015
stack of newspapers There has been publicity about the use of transvaginal mesh implants which are used for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse or stress incontinence.
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Adults may only get 'real flu' every five years

05 Mar 2015
"Average adult catches virus just once every five years," the Daily Mail reports.
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Coffee can 'cut risks of heart attack' claims

04 Mar 2015
"Three coffees a day cuts the risk of heart disease and strokes," the Daily Mirror reports.
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Immune changes found in people with CFS/ME

03 Mar 2015
"Distinct stages to chronic fatigue syndrome identified," reports BBC News online.
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Does deadly diet drug DNP defeat diabetes?

02 Mar 2015
"A chemical [DNP] which caused munitions factory workers to lose weight inexplicably in the First World War could cure diabetes," The Daily Telegraph reports. The banned weight loss drug looked effective and safe when given in a modified form to rats bred to have diabetes.
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Depression linked to violent crime

27 Feb 2015
"Depressed people are three times more likely to commit a violent crime," the Daily Mirror reports. Research into Swedish crime and medical data found that depression was linked with an increased risk of a person committing a violent crime.
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Longer sleep linked to stroke

27 Feb 2015
Brain scan image “Too much sleep could kill you,” is the baseless and needlessly alarmist headline on the front cover of today’s Daily Express.
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Anger possibly linked with non-fatal heart attacks

25 Feb 2015
Woman in a rage 'Plate-throwing rage' raises heart attack risk nearly 10 fold," The Daily Telegraph reports, slightly inaccurately.
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Peanut butter for non-allergic babies may reduce later allergies

25 Feb 2015
Shelled peanuts 'The cure for peanut allergy – peanuts, from the age of four months' says The Guardian.
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Nanoparticles used to treat damaged arteries

20 Feb 2015
“New trials suggest microscopic stealth drones could be used to seek and repair damaged arteries,” The Daily Telegraph, somewhat over-excitedly, reports.
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