Behind The Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

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.

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...

Swallowed pen found after 25 years

Wednesday Dec 21 2011

Swallowed pen found after 25 years

There has been a flurry of internet news over the bizarre case of a woman who had a pen removed from her stomach, 25 years after she swallowed it. Amazingly, the plastic pen still worked after...

Homeless people die early

Wednesday Dec 21 2011

Homeless people die early

On a sobering note during the festive period, the BBC today reported that homeless people “die 30 years younger” than the national average. The Daily Telegraph said that “homeless women die ‘by age 43’”...

Vomiting bug shuts hospital wards

Monday Dec 19 2011

Vomiting bug shuts hospital wards

‘Dozens of hospital wards closed over fears of norovirus outbreak,’ The Daily Telegraph has reported today. The paper said that health officials have issued...

24,000 'excess' deaths from diabetes

Wednesday Dec 14 2011

24,000 'excess' deaths from diabetes

As many as 24,000 people with diabetes are dying unnecessarily each year, many of the papers have reported today. This shock statistic was a conclusion from the National Diabetes Audit...

Winter vomiting bug in most oysters

Tuesday Nov 29 2011

Winter vomiting bug in most oysters

Testing has found that three-quarters of British-grown oysters contain norovirus, BBC News has reported. Norovirus, also known as “winter vomiting bug”, is thought to affect up to 1 million people each year in the UK. The news is based on...

Guide rates best and worst hospitals

Monday Nov 28 2011

Guide rates best and worst hospitals

The Daily Telegraph has today revealed the findings of the latest Hospital Guide. The guide, published annually, closely scrutinises a range of healthcare data to measure hospital performance and detect trends that could save lives. As well as listing...

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...

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