Behind The Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Teenagers influenced by smoking in movies

Tuesday Sep 20 2011

“Teenagers who watch films showing actors smoking are more likely to take it up, new UK research suggests,” reported BBC News. It said a study of 5,000 15-year-olds looked at their exposure to smoking on screen, and whether or not they had tried smoking.

Pregnancy allergy claims unfounded

Friday Sep 9 2011

“Mothers-to-be can reduce the chances of their babies developing food allergies by eating a diet rich in oily fish and nuts”, The Daily Telegraph has today claimed. The newspaper says that researchers found...

Study examines mortality in bereaved parents

Thursday Sep 8 2011

The BBC reported that “Bereaved parents die of 'broken heart'”, and went on to say that “Parents who lose a baby before its first birthday are more likely to die early themselves”. This news story is based on a study...

Ibuprofen may ‘raise miscarriage risk’

Wednesday Sep 7 2011

“Women who take even a small dose of painkillers such as ibuprofen early in their pregnancy more than double their risk of suffering a miscarriage,” reported The Guardian.

Research into blood test for premature birth

Tuesday Sep 6 2011

“A blood test which could tell mothers if they are at high risk of giving birth prematurely could be available soon,” reports the Daily Mail. This story is based on a study that aimed to identify differences in the proteins present...

Gene therapy treats immune disease

Thursday Aug 25 2011

Today it has been widely reported that gene therapy offers a long-term treatment for a rare condition that causes children’s immune systems to fail. In the rare condition, known as Severe Combined Immunodeficiency...

Sibling risk of autism examined

Monday Aug 15 2011

“Siblings of autistic children are nearly twice as likely to develop the disorder than was previously believed,” The Independent has today reported. The newspaper says a new study has found that the brothers and sisters of children...

Call for more maternity training

Wednesday Aug 10 2011

BBC News has reported “a call for more maternity doctors” by a group of six UK obstetricians who said that most maternal deaths are now caused by treatable medical conditions. In a British Medical Journal...

A new way to choose IVF embryos?

Wednesday Aug 10 2011

“A video technique that may significantly boost a woman’s odds of having a baby could soon be available,” according to the Daily Mail. The news is based on research in mice that investigated...

Artificial mouse sperm from stem cells

Friday Aug 5 2011

“Fertility experts are hailing a mouse study in which working sperm cells were created from embryonic stem cells in mice as ‘hugely exciting’,” reports the BBC. Other news sources have suggested that these results...

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