Behind the Headlines

Behind the Headlines, a service provided by the NHS, offers an unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories that make the news.

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Children become less active between age 5 and 11

13 November 2019

"Kids become dramatically less active over their years at primary school, study warns", reports Mail Online following a study on children at 57 schools in the southwest of England.

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Do hiccups help babies learn to breathe?

12 November 2019

"Why the hiccups help a baby learn to breathe more easily," reports The Times of a study looking at newborn babies.

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Difficulty sleeping linked with raised risk of heart attack and stroke

07 November 2019

"Can't sleep? Insomnia means you're at risk of heart attack and stroke," reports The Sun of a study looking at nearly 500,000 people in China.

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Loneliness may increase death risk in people with heart conditions

06 November 2019

Heart patients who are lonely have an increased risk of dying within a year of leaving hospital, new research from Denmark has found.

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Running 'reduces risk of early death' study reports

05 November 2019

"One jog a week is all you need to cut the risk of early death," Sky News reports.

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No clear evidence that paracetamol in pregnancy is 'linked to autism and ADHD'

31 October 2019

'Study links taking Tylenol in pregnancy to two-fold higher risks of having children with ADHD and autism - but experts say the household painkiller is an unlikely cause' Mail Online reports

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Peanut allergy treatment may offer protection but may not be a cure

30 October 2019

"Peanut-allergy therapy 'protection not a cure'," reports BBC News on a study looking at cell behaviour before and after treatment.

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No evidence that medical cannabis helps mental health conditions

29 October 2019

"Risks of cannabis use for mental health treatment outweigh benefits", The Guardian reports

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Could blood pressure tablets be more effective if taken at bedtime?

24 October 2019

"Blood pressure pills 'work better at bedtime'," reports BBC News.

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Anorexia in younger children may be increasing

23 October 2019

"Number of children with anorexia on the rise, study suggests," reports the Guardian.

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Dementia fears for former footballers

22 October 2019

"Ex-pro footballers three times more likely to get dementia from heading balls" reports The Sun

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Would people at low risk of heart disease benefit from statin treatment?

17 October 2019

"Benefits of statins 'are marginal at best' for otherwise healthy people," reports the Mail Online.

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Steroid injections to treat arthritis pain may worsen joint damage

16 October 2019

"Cortisone injections for hip and knee pain are more dangerous than was thought,” reports The Telegraph. This follows a study looking into the effects of steroid injections (also called corticosteroid injections) in the hip and knee.

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Anti-bleeding drug could prevent death after brain injury

15 October 2019

"Common drug could prevent thousands of injury deaths," reports the Guardian on a study looking at head injury treatment in 29 countries.

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