Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Can caffeine really cut crash risk?

Wednesday Mar 20 2013

Caffeine cuts lorry drivers’ crash risks

“Lorry drivers who drink coffee cut their crash risk”, reports BBC News. This headline came from a large study of long-distance lorry drivers in Australia. It found drivers who had recently been involved in a crash were less likely…

Can drinking green tea or coffee cut stroke risk?

Friday Mar 15 2013

Green tea and coffee cuts stroke risk

'The key to preventing a stroke? One coffee and four cups of green tea a day, say scientists,' is the advice on the Mail Online website as Japanese research found that both beverages had a modest preventable effect…

Diet high in processed meat 'threatens health'

Friday Mar 8 2013

Processed meat link to premature death claims

The big health news of the week is the claim that eating a diet high in processed meat can increase the risk of premature death due to cancer and heart disease. The current media scare stems from a large Europe-wide study…

Salt link to multiple sclerosis unproven

Thursday Mar 7 2013

High-salt diet link to multiple sclerosis

News that high-salt diets have been linked to autoimmune conditions has hit the headlines today, with BBC News reporting that "The amount of salt in our diet could be…leading to diseases such as multiple sclerosis...

Binge drinking rates could be higher than thought

Wednesday Feb 27 2013

Is England a nation of secret booze bingers?

"England is a nation of secret boozers," The Independent argues, as it reports on a study investigating the discrepancy between alcohol sales in England and the amount people say they drink in surveys. International estimates suggest people...

Mediterranean diet cuts heart and stroke risk

Tuesday Feb 26 2013

Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease & stroke risk

"Mediterranean diet 'cuts strokes and heart attacks in at-risk groups'," The Guardian advises. Along with much of the global media, The Guardian reports on a study that found that eating a diet rich in fruit...

Claim weight loss is linked to mealtimes unsupported

Friday Feb 22 2013

Should you make lunch your main meal?

"Lunching like a prince and dining like a pauper really is the key to keeping trim," the Daily Mail explains, reporting how evening meals should be light and post-dinner snacks avoided. This claim is unsupported by the findings of the research...

Claim weight loss is linked to mealtimes unsupported

Friday Feb 22 2013

Should you make lunch your main meal?

"Lunching like a prince and dining like a pauper really is the key to keeping trim," the Daily Mail explains, reporting how evening meals should be light and post-dinner snacks avoided. This claim is unsupported by the findings of the research...

'Fizzy drink tax' to stop UK being 'fat man of Europe'

Monday Feb 18 2013

'Fizzy drink tax' to stop UK being 'fat man of Europe'

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has published a report containing 10 recommendations designed to tackle the UK’s obesity epidemic – a story covered by most of the UK media…

Horsemeat investigation: latest update

Friday Feb 15 2013

Is horsemeat harmful?

The Food Standards Agency released a statement on February 14 confirming that it had detected the presence of phenylbutazone (bute) in horses slaughtered in the UK. The advice that contaminated horsemeat poses little health risk remains unchanged…

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