Behind the headlines
Unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories
28 Jan 2015
"Hay fever tablets raise risk of Alzheimer's," is the main front page news in the Daily Mirror. The Guardian mentions popular brand names such as Nytol, Benadryl, Ditropan and Piriton among the pills studied.
27 Jan 2015
"The brains of people diagnosed with autism are 'uniquely synchronised'," the Mail Online reports.
26 Jan 2015
"Angry tweeting 'could increase your risk of heart disease','' is the poorly reported headline in The Daily Telegraph. The study it reports on found there is a link between angry tweets and levels of heart disease deaths.
21 Jan 2015
“Fitness 'rubs off on your partner’,'' BBC News reports.
20 Jan 2015
The Mail Online tells us shell shock has been "solved" after scientists claimed they have pinpointed the brain injury that causes pain, anxiety and breakdowns in soldiers.
19 Jan 2015
"Killer heels could lead to osteoarthritis in knees," The Daily Telegraph reports. An analysis of the walking patterns (gait) of 14 women found evidence that walking in high heels puts the knees under additional strain. Over time, this may potentially lead to osteoarthritis: so-called wear and tear arthritis, where damage to a joint causes stiffness and pain.
16 Jan 2015
“Lack of exercise is twice as deadly as obesity,” The Daily Telegraph reports. The headline is prompted by a Europe-wide study on obesity, exercise and health outcomes.
15 Jan 2015
"Chronic fatigue syndrome patients' fear of exercise can hinder treatment," The Guardian reports.
14 Jan 2015
"The key to learning and memory in early life is a lengthy nap, say scientists," BBC News reports.
13 Jan 2015
"Contraceptive injections moderately increase a woman's risk of becoming infected with HIV," The Guardian reports.