Behind the headlines

Unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories

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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Can happiness break your heart?

07 Mar 2016
Woman celebrating birthday "Moments of joy 'can damage heart'," reports BBC News.
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Can aspirin reduce bowel cancer risk?

07 Mar 2016
White pills "Taking two aspirin a week could protect against cancer," reports the Daily Telegraph. The Express suggests we should take it daily.
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'Strong evidence' of Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome link

02 Mar 2016
Mosquito on skin "Scientists have amassed the strongest evidence yet that the Zika virus can cause the serious neurological condition Guillain-Barré syndrome," The Guardian reports.
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Have scientists really discovered why skin ages?

02 Mar 2016
Older lady smiling "Powerful anti-ageing treatments which banish wrinkles for good are a step closer after scientists found the enzyme responsible for youthful skin," says the Daily Telegraph.
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Daily diet of almonds is no magic solution for weight loss

25 Feb 2016
"Desperate to lose weight?" asks the Mail Online. "Eat almonds! Handful a day 'wards off hunger and replaces empty calories from junk food'," it says, without any justification.
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