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Behind The Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Sleeping pills linked to death risk

Tuesday Feb 28 2012

Sleeping pills linked to death risk

Sleeping pills are linked to a raised risk of death, according to several high-profile news reports in today’s newspapers. Several front page stories have covered the link, reporting a four-fold death risk among users of the drugs...

New skin cancer drug performs well

Thursday Feb 23 2012

New skin cancer drug performs well

A study of a new drug for advanced skin cancer has shown it “almost doubles survival times”, BBC News has reported. The drug, called vemurafenib, was tested in a clinical trial that examined its impact...

Pancreas cancer drug shows promise

Tuesday Feb 21 2012

Pancreas cancer drug shows promise

An experimental drug combination may provide “a new weapon against pancreatic cancer”, BBC News has reported. In a search for new ways to fight the aggressive cancer, scientists combined...

Medicine microchips tested in humans

Friday Feb 17 2012

Medicine microchips tested in humans

BBC News says we are a step closer to microchips that can be “implanted under a patient’s skin to control the release of drugs”. The news was based on a study that tested the use of advanced...

Chemo during pregnancy likely to be safe

Friday Feb 10 2012

Chemotherapy during pregnancy 'appears to be safe'

“Children born to women undergoing cancer drug treatment show normal results in physical and mental development tests,” The Guardian has reported. The news is based on research that examined...

Cancer drug eases mouse Alzheimer's

Friday Feb 10 2012

Alzheimer's hope from cancer drug

A skin cancer drug can improve Alzheimer's-like symptoms in mice engineered to mimic the condition, it has been widely reported. Many national newspapers have covered the news...

PPI heartburn drugs 'up hip fracture risk in smokers'

Wednesday Feb 1 2012

Dyspepsia PPI drugs increase hip fracture risk

“Heartburn pills taken by thousands of women ‘raise risk of hip fractures by up to 50 per cent’”, the Daily Mail reported today. The headline is based on a large new study of drugs called...

Tiny particles 'could boost vaccines'

Monday Jan 23 2012

Tiny particles 'could boost vaccines'

“Tiny capsules engineered to mimic part of the body’s immune system could strengthen its response to vaccines,” reported the BBC today. The body’s immune response to a vaccine allows the immune...

Statins 'may block cancer'

Friday Jan 20 2012

Statins 'may block cancer'

A daily dose of statins has “been shown to block the growth and spread of tumours”, according to the Daily Express. The newspaper reported that common cholesterol-lowering drugs “could be the key to beating cancer...

Tamiflu 'effectiveness lacks proof'

Wednesday Jan 18 2012

Tamiflu 'effectiveness lacks proof'

“Tamiflu maker accused of secrecy over trial data,” reported The Independent today, while The Daily Telegraph said that scientists challenge Roche, the manufacturer of the antiviral, to “prove Tamiflu works”...

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