Behind The Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

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...

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”...

Could bone drug treat arthritis too?

Thursday Sep 22 2011

A jab that “can repair damaged joints could benefit millions crippled by osteoarthritis”, reported the Daily Express. The newspaper said that scientists have found that an existing drug called Forsteo, which is used...

Glowing bandages 'could show infections'

Friday Sep 16 2011

Scientists are developing a “glowing bandage to treat infection”, The Guardian has today reported. The news is based on a new technique devised by researchers at the University of Sheffield, who are currently developing...

Important clues to chemo resistance found

Thursday Sep 15 2011

“Fish oils block chemotherapy drug,” BBC news has reported. The broadcaster said that tumours could become immune to treatment due to processes involving two fatty acids that are also produced by stem cells in the blood. This...

Can vitamin B prevent Alzheimer's?

Wednesday Sep 14 2011

“A daily 10p vitamin pill could prevent millions of people being struck down by Alzheimer’s disease,” the Daily Express has today reported. In a front-page story the newspaper said that vitamin B can...

Long term painkiller use linked to cancer risk

Tuesday Sep 13 2011

“Painkillers triple the risk of kidney cancer,” reported the Daily Express. The newspaper reported that taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which includes ibuprofen...

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.

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