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Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Weak link between grandmums' smoking and autistic grandkids

"Smoking in pregnancy hurts your grandkids by 'increasing their risk of autism'," The Sun brashly reports. Researchers looked at data spanning multiple generations and reported a link...
1 day 19 hours ago

Binge drinking could trigger abnormal heart rhythms

"Why Oktoberfest could be damaging your heart" is the somewhat strange headline in The Times. Researchers who attended the annual Bavarian beer and folk festival found binge drinkers were...
2 days 18 hours ago

New glaucoma test could save millions from blindness

"It might be possible to treat the main cause of permanent blindness before people notice any loss of vision," BBC News report. A proof of concept study of early testing for glaucoma – the...
2 days 20 hours ago

Regular exercise for the over-50s 'sharpens the mind'

"Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you're over 50," BBC News reports. A review of existing data found both aerobic exercise and...
3 days 19 hours ago

Four cups of coffee 'not bad for health' suggests review

"Drinking up to four cups of coffee a day carries no health risk, experts say. Scientists said those who stick to that limit have no need to worry," reports The Sun. This was based on a...
4 days 19 hours ago