Behind the Headlines

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Targeted back care 'better and cheaper'

Friday Sep 30 2011

Targeted back pain care is “cheaper and better for patients”, BBC News has reported. The broadcaster says that a new model for assessing the severity of back pain has shown significant improvements...

Do eggs raise prostate cancer risk?

Friday Sep 30 2011

“Eating just three eggs a week increases chance of men getting prostate cancer,” reported the Daily Mail. The story went on to say that “experts in the US claimed that men who consume more than two-and-a–half eggs...

HIV vaccine passes phase 1 trial

Thursday Sep 29 2011

The Daily Telegraph reported that a “vaccine could reduce HIV to ‘minor infection’”. The news story reports on a phase I clinical trial that assessed the safety of a new HIV vaccine in a small group of people in Spain.

Tabex smoking drug shows promise

Thursday Sep 29 2011

An anti-smoking drug called Tabex may “boost a person’s chances of ditching cigarettes three-fold,” The Sun has today reported. The smoking cessation drug, also known as cytisine, has been...

Heart risk of painkillers examined

Wednesday Sep 28 2011

A painkiller taken by millions can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by 40%, the Daily Mail has today reported. The newspaper says that researchers are calling for the drug, called diclofenac, to be available on prescription only...

When is best to screen for bowel cancer?

Wednesday Sep 28 2011

The Daily Mail reported today that, “thousands of lives could be saved if the age at which men are screened for bowel cancer is lowered by 10 years.” This news story is based on a large Austrian study...

Costs of cancer treatments questioned

Tuesday Sep 27 2011

The Daily Mail has reported that doctors do not support giving life-extending drugs to patients with terminal cancer. The newspaper says that a new report has said the treatments “give false hope and are too costly for the public purse”...

Coffee drinkers 'less likely to be depressed'

Tuesday Sep 27 2011

“Women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to get depressed,” said the BBC today, explaining that the caffeine in coffee may alter the brain’s chemistry.

Early days for 'memory restoring' molecule

Monday Sep 26 2011

“Scientists believe they may have discovered the secret of restoring lost memory,” the Daily Express has reported. The claim is based on research in mice that has identified a molecule called miR-34c that appears to...

New radiation drug for cancer tested

Monday Sep 26 2011

Several newspapers reported today on a new cancer treatment. The reports said that trials of the new radioactive treatment have been so successful they have been stopped early as it would have been unethical not to offer all the patients the treatment.

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