Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Exercise 'may boost school grades'

Tuesday Jan 3 2012

Exercise 'may boost school grades'

The BBC News has reported that there is “strong evidence of a link between exercise and academic performance”. The news service says that a review of previous research found a link, which could...

'Healthy snacks' may be high in calories

Tuesday Jan 3 2012

'Healthy snacks' may be high in calories

It is the time of year when research about diet and exercise makes a big splash in the headlines, but today the Daily Mail warned that dieters should steer clear of seemingly healthy dips and spreads that...

Quiz of the year 2011

Friday Dec 30 2011

Quiz of the year 2011

Test your knowledge of the year with our month-by-month quiz on the scienctific studies that made it into the mainstream media.

2011's best health news

Thursday Dec 29 2011

2011's best health news

Although Behind the Headlines often spends time explaining mistaken or misguided news reports, the joy of this service is when there are genuinely exciting medical advances to report.

Strangest health stories of 2011

Wednesday Dec 28 2011

Strangest health stories of 2011

A round-up of the oddest health news stories of 2011, as analysed by NHS Choices Behind the Headlines.

Does brain size predict Alzheimer's?

Friday Dec 23 2011

Does brain size predict Alzheimer's?

“Having a brain packed full of grey matter means you are less likely to get Alzheimer’s disease” the Daily Mirror has reported. The news was based on research which found that healthy elderly people...

Study rates heart scan techniques

Friday Dec 23 2011

Study rates heart scan techniques

“Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans should be used to assess patients with suspected heart disease, rather than standard checks,” reports BBC News today. This story is based on...

Heartburn reflux rise 'triggered by fatty diet'

Thursday Dec 22 2011

Heartburn reflux rise 'triggered by fatty diet'

“Obesity could be driving a 50% rise in people suffering acid reflux over the last decade,” reported the Daily Mail. In acid reflux, stomach acid is regurgitated into the oesophagus, the tube that...

Brain cancer risk from hypertension

Thursday Dec 22 2011

Brain cancer risk from hypertension

People with high blood pressure may be twice as likely to develop a brain tumour, according to the Daily Mail. The newspaper said a new study had found an association between the two factors...

Implants examined after cancer death

Wednesday Dec 21 2011

Implants examined after cancer death

Many newspapers today reported details of a possible link between breast implants and a rare form of cancer. It is thought that up to 50,000 British women have had the French brand of implants...

What is Behind the Headlines?

What is Behind the Headlines?

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