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Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Thousands of studies could be flawed due to contaminated cells

"More than 30,000 scientific studies could be wrong due to widespread cell contamination dating back 60 years," reports the Mail Online. The news is based on research that suggests...
3 days 5 hours ago

Pregnant women 'should avoid sleeping on back in last trimester'

"New warning to pregnant women: Do not sleep on your back in the last trimester as it could cause stillbirth, claim experts," the Mail Online reports. This rather overdramatic headline...
1 week 2 days ago

'Magic mushrooms' may help 'reset' depressive brains, study claims

"Magic mushrooms can 'reboot' brain to treat depression," reports the Daily Telegraph. The news is based on a small UK study that looked at the effects of psilocybin, a chemical found in...
6 days 4 hours ago

Hormonal fertility tests 'waste of time and money'

"'Fertility MOTs' are a waste of money," reports The Daily Telegraph after researchers in the US found hormones tested in "ovarian reserve" fertility test kits bear no relation to...
1 week 3 days ago

Childhood obesity soars worldwide

"Shocking figures show there are now 124 million obese children worldwide," reports The Guardian. A pooling of records of height and weight in children from 200 countries found the numbers...
1 week 3 days ago

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