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View postMarch 2015

Children's Diets Are Raising Their Risk of Heart Disease

The rate of childhood obesity has been rising – and their risk of heart disease later in life along with it. The problem might be worse than we realize. A new study concluded that between... Read more…

View postNovember 2014

Could Our Body Clocks Affect How Well Our Medicines Work?

Many drugs are aimed at body processes that vary during the day and night – like blood pressure and hormone levels. If genes involved in those processes are more active at certain times of... Read more…

View postSeptember 2014

Urine Tests for HPV: How Do They Compare to Smear Tests?

Could self-administered urine tests reduce the number of smear tests? A systematic review of studies looking at this question has been widely reported – and the NHS Behind the Headlines team... Read more…

View postAugust 2014

Tomatoes and Prostate Cancer Prevention: Could There Be a Link?

Tomatoes are in the news again. That’s the main source of lycopene in Americans’ diets. Lycopene is an antioxidant – it’s what makes tomatoes red. Results have just been reported from a... Read more…

View postAugust 2014

Morning Sickness: Some Reassuring News

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy could sometimes be a good sign, according to a new systematic review assessed by the NHS Behind the Headlines team. Researchers from Canada's Motherisk... Read more…

View postJuly 2014

Powered Toothbrushes: Is it Worth Jolting Your Tooth Brushing Routine?

People started using bristle toothbrushes first in the 18th century. Toothbrushes as we would recognize them today were developed in the 1930s. Powered toothbrushes came on the market in the... Read more…

View postJune 2014

Stress, white cells, and heart attacks: 'There are a lot of maybes'

A possible explanation for the way stress could ultimately lead to heart attacks is in the news – and the NHS Behind the Headlines team has analyzed the story.  The research involves... Read more…

View postJune 2014

Dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis: what works?

What do dandruff and baby’s cradle cap have in common? They’re both caused by a condition called seborrheic dermatitis (SD) or seborrheic eczema. For babies, a mild case is normal – about... Read more…

View postJune 2014

Behind the headlines on sunburn in teen years and melanoma risk

Can just five serious sunburns when you are a teenager increase your risk of developing skin cancer? It can, according to the authors of a study analyzed by the team from NHS Behind the... Read more…

View postMay 2014

Exercise and heart failure: counting the benefits

Heart failure reduces the capacity to do things that take a lot of effort. Because the heart isn’t pumping properly, normal activities can be very tiring. For many people with heart... Read more…