Behind the headlines

Unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories

Just one drink a day 'may raise breast cancer risk'

21 Aug 2015
"Just one drink a day raises breast cancer risk," is the front page headline in the Daily Mail following the results of a new study. While the health risks of heavy drinking are well established, the effects of light drinking are less clear.
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Is your purse a hotbed of bacterial infection?

18 Aug 2015
"More than 90 per cent of purses have bacteria on them, and women are the worst offenders," the Mail Online reports. A study found purses could be a reservoir for bacteria, especially those made out of synthetic materials.
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Low-fat diet 'better' than low-carb diet for getting rid of body fat

17 Aug 2015
"Low-fat diets 'better than cutting carbs' for weight loss," says BBC News. But wait, the Mail Online says: "Low-carb 'is best for weight loss". Confused?
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Checking emails out of work 'can reduce wellbeing'

13 Aug 2015
"Checking your emails outside of work really IS bad for your health," the Mail Online reports. A German study recruited a sample of 132 workers and aimed to look at how extended working outside normal hours influenced people's mood the next day.
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Can eating white bread and pasta make you depressed?

11 Aug 2015
White pasta potatoes and bread "White bread and pasta 'may increase the risk of depression'," reports the Mail Online today.
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Iodine supplements could help mums, babies and the economy

11 Aug 2015
Pregnant woman "Providing pregnant women with iodine supplements could boost children’s intelligence and save thousands of pounds in future health costs," The Daily Telegraph reports.
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A 15-minute daily walk 'will help you live longer' says study

06 Aug 2015
Family walking in the sun Going for a 15-minute walk every day will "make you live longer", reports the Mail Online. It is one of several news outlets to report that small amounts of daily exercise may be enough to increase your chances of living longer.
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Could eating spicy food help you live longer?

06 Aug 2015
Curry "Curry really could be the spice of life," says The Daily Telegraph, reporting on a study looking at the link between regularly eating foods that contain capsaicin – found in chilli peppers – and the risk of dying early.
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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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