Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Brain protein may play role in Down's syndrome

Monday Mar 25 2013

Protein loss link to Down's syndrome

BBC News reports that low levels of a particular protein may contribute to some of the characteristics of Down's syndrome. The news comes from a study that builds on previous research into the condition...

Can Parkinson's drug help old people decide?

Monday Mar 25 2013

Parkinson drug helps people 'think younger'

"A drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease could help older people make better decisions," the Mail Online website reports after a recent study found that L-dopa, a medication used to boost dopamine levels, aided decision making in some elderly people…

Older dads 'more likely' to have autistic grandkids

Thursday Mar 21 2013

Older dads 'more likely' to have autistic grandkids

"Having an older grandfather 'raises autism risk'," the Daily Telegraph reports, saying that older fathers are much more likely to go on to have grandchildren with autism. However, this doesn't mean...

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…

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...

Safety of brain implant for anorexia tested

Thursday Mar 7 2013

Anorexia may respond to brain pacemaker

The Independent has claimed that a "Brain pacemaker offers hope for anorexics". The Independent’s story is based on a tiny pilot study on the safety of deep brain stimulation to treat severe anorexia...

Video games tested as treatment for dyslexia

Friday Mar 1 2013

Video games boost dyslexic kids reading skills

"Video games help reading in children with dyslexia," BBC News reports. The news is based on a study that found video games could be a new treatment for dyslexia in children...

Light shed on how brain's stroke defences work

Monday Feb 25 2013

Insight into the brain’s stroke defences

Researchers have identified how part of the brain can "shield itself from the destructive damage caused by a stroke," reports BBC News. These fascinating findings from research in rats could be an early step on the road to discovering new stroke...

Light shed on how brain's stroke defences work

Monday Feb 25 2013

Insight into the brain’s stroke defences

Researchers have identified how part of the brain can "shield itself from the destructive damage caused by a stroke," reports BBC News. These fascinating findings from research in rats could be an early step on the road to discovering new stroke...

Worry over antipsychotic drugs in care homes

Thursday Feb 21 2013

'Mind-altering' drug use 20 times higher in care homes

New research looking at prescription data has raised concerns that powerful drugs such as antipsychotics are being overused, with both The Guardian and the BBC News website covering the story. The stories are based on a useful study in Northern Ireland...

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