Behind the headlines

Unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories

'Electromagnetic smog' unlikely to harm humans

19 Dec 2014
The Daily Telegraph reports that “mobile phones are unlikely to harm human health”, adding to the ongoing, and often conflicting, coverage of the potential health impact of environmental exposure to what some commentators have called “electromagnetic smog”.
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Fathers-to-be experience hormone changes

18 Dec 2014
“Men suffer pregnancy symptoms too: Fluctuating hormones make fathers-to-be … more caring,” the Mail Online reports. A small US study found evidence of changes in hormonal levels that may make fathers-to-be more able to cope with the demands of fatherhood.
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Yoga may help protect against heart disease

17 Dec 2014
Group of women doing yoga “Yoga could be as effective as cycling or brisk walks in reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke,” The Guardian reports.
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Spicy food 'curries favour' with alpha males

16 Dec 2014
Man eating chilli “Men who like spicier food are 'alpha males' with higher levels of testosterone,” The Daily Telegraph reports. A small French study found an association between a preference for spicy foods and elevated testosterone levels; but no evidence of a direct link.
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Political hardliners 'fitter' than 'fence sitters'

16 Dec 2014
Political protestors “Being an extremist is better for your health than holding moderate views,” the Mail Online reports.
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Memory gaps in graduates a 'stroke warning sign'

15 Dec 2014
Don't forget note “People with memory problems who have a university education could be at greater risk of a stroke,” BBC News reports. The hypothesis is that the gaps in memory could be the result of reduced blood flow to the brain, which may then trigger a stroke at some point in the future.
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Could a '10 to 6' working day help you sleep better?

15 Dec 2014
Woman sleeping in bed A major new study of American workers has recommended “later start times to improve on health,” the Mail Online reports.
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Food additive that could reduce appetite

12 Dec 2014
“Appetite suppressing additive could be added to food to create 'slimming bread'," ITV News reports.
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Gene therapy could help with inherited blindness

11 Dec 2014
"Procedure to restore sight in dogs gives hope for future blindness cure," The Independent reports.
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Lack of sleep linked to negative thinking

09 Dec 2014
“Feeling anxious? Go to bed earlier: Getting more sleep really can calm the mind,” reports the Mail Online.
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