Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Does the 5:2 intermittent fasting diet work?

Monday Jan 14 2013

Does the 5:2 diet work? – the evidence for intermittent fasting

The 5:2 diet, and other forms of intermittent fasting (IF) have become increasingly popular, with claims that IF can help you lose weight, live longer and prevent disease. But is there any evidence to support these claims?...

Research into patient feedback websites usage

Thursday Nov 15 2012

Doctor ratings websites used by broad social mix

Rating your doctor or hospital online is not just the preserve of the 'chattering classes', new research suggests. While the research has not yet hit the headlines, it has been circulated on social media and is available to access for free...

Hope and hype: stem cells in the media

Friday Nov 18 2011

Hope and hype: stem cells in the media

Stem cells are often portrayed in the media as a miracle cure for many serious conditions and disabilities. Hugely positive headlines have led significant and understandable public interest in this fascinating cutting-edge science...

What’s your poison? Alcohol special report

Wednesday Oct 19 2011

What’s your poison? Alcohol special report

Is Britain beset by binge boozers? Will wine help you lose weight? Could six cans of lager help you live longer? The media pose questions like these on an almost daily basis, often using and abusing the findings of...

Special report: Alzheimer's in the news

Friday Aug 12 2011

Special report: Alzheimer's in the news

Alzheimer's disease is a major topic of health news stories, which regularly cover everything from potential cures to possible ways to prevent the disease in the first place. With an estimated 465,000 of cases of Alzheimer's disease in the UK...

Supplements: Who needs them? A special report

Tuesday May 31 2011

Supplements: Who needs them? A special report

Millions of us take health supplements hoping to achieve good health, ease illness or defy ageing. But do they work? This report discusses the issues surrounding them and looks at some of the evidence for the most popular supplements.

Miracle foods: a special report

Tuesday Feb 1 2011

Miracle foods: a special report

“Curry could save your life.” “Beetroot can fight dementia.” Every day there’s a new crop of seemingly life-changing headlines about how the food we eat affects our health. Read our special report on the supposed health properties of common foods.

What is Behind the Headlines?

What is Behind the Headlines?

We give you the facts without the fiction. Professor Sir Muir Gray, founder of Behind the Headlines, explains more...

Miracle Foods: myths and the media

Each day there's a new crop of possibly life-changing headlines about how food affects our health. Read our report on the health properties of food

Clinical trials and medical research

Clinical trials explained, including how to take part in one and why medical research is important

Video: clinical trials

In this video, find out about clinical trials, what they involve and who can take part in one.

Atlas of risk

NHS Atlas of Risk

Compare cause of death and health risks based on age, sex and where you live

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