Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

What is the Liverpool Care Pathway?

Thursday Nov 1 2012

What is the Liverpool Care Pathway?

There have been several recent news stories about the Liverpool Care Pathway – a programme for delivering palliative care to people with a terminal illness. For example, the Daily Mail described the Liverpool Care Pathway...

Free bus pass is 'ticket to good health'

Friday Sep 21 2012

Free bus pass is 'ticket to good health'

“Free bus passes are spreading good health among older people,” the Daily Mail reported today. The story is based on research that found that older people who had a free bus pass were more likely to take part in “active travel”...

New zinc supplement is a 'botox-booster'

Monday Sep 10 2012

New zinc supplement Zytaze is a 'botox-booster'

A new supplement "keeps wrinkles at bay for 30% longer", the Daily Mail has reported. The news is based on the results of a small trial that found that dietary supplementation with "Zytaze" – a combination of zinc...

Altered sleep patterns 'early sign' of Alzheimer's

Thursday Sep 6 2012

Altered sleep patterns 'early sign' of Alzheimer’s

“Bad sleep may predict Alzheimer’s,” the BBC has reported, saying that “problems sleeping may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s if a study in mice also applies to people”. This news is based on research into the association between sleep patterns...

Healthy lifestyle in your 70s can 'add six years' to lifespan

Friday Aug 31 2012

Healthy lifestyle in your 70s can 'add six years' to lifespan

Being active and living a healthy lifestyle into your 70s can make a huge difference to your life expectancy, the BBC reported today. The story is based on a large Swedish study of people aged 75 and over...

Mediterranean diet link to stronger bones

Friday Aug 17 2012

Mediterranean diet link to stronger bones

"Just two years of eating like the Spanish and Italians who use olive oil rather than less healthy fats may preserve or even build bone in older people," the Daily Mail reports. The story is based on a study of whether the so-called Mediterranean diet...

Improved care for elderly could 'free up 7,000 hospital beds'

Thursday Aug 9 2012

Improved care for elderly could 'free up 7,000 hospital beds'

'Elderly people would need to spend less time in hospital if care in England were better organised,' the BBC has said. The claim is based on a report into elderly care released by the influential healthcare charity the King's Fund…

Yoga 'can help stroke patients improve balance'

Friday Jul 27 2012

Yoga can help stroke patients 'improve balance'

“Yoga helps stroke patients recover balance,” The Daily Telegraph headlines, saying that stroke victims who took an eight-week course of yoga had better balance and felt more able in their lives as a whole...

New polypill could save 'thousands of lives'

Thursday Jul 19 2012

Could new polypill save thousands of lives?

“Four-in-one pill to save 200,000 lives a year,” reports the Metro, with many other news organisations making similar claims. This news is based on research into a ‘polypill’, a single tablet that contains a combination of four different medicines...

'Cat ladies' suicide risk probed

Tuesday Jul 3 2012

Are women who own cats more likely to commit suicide?

“Cat ladies are more likely to commit suicide,” The Daily Telegraph states, evoking images of sad and lonely self-harming spinsters surrounded by hordes of meowing kitties. The reality is somewhat different...

What is Behind the Headlines?

What is Behind the Headlines?

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