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Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Sex link to older people's brain power, says study

"Sex is the key to staying sharp in old age," reports the Mail Online after researchers found older people who have regular sex scored better on two of five brain tests. Participants who...
14 hours 5 min ago

'Contaminated air' on planes linked to health problems

"Toxic fumes in aircraft cabins could cause serious health problems, scientists warn," reports The Sun. This is based on a UK study investigating air contamination on aircraft and its...
2 days 8 hours ago

Cholesterol-lowering jab 'shows promise' for heart disease

"Cholesterol-lowering jab to help prevent heart disease," reports BBC Online. The headline refers to a recent mouse study that aimed to see whether a new vaccine could reduce cholesterol...
3 days 8 hours ago

Blood test may show if prostate cancer treatment is working

"Prostate cancer blood test helps target treatment," BBC News reports. A study found a blood test could detect which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from new drug treatment...
4 days 8 hours ago

Is a new flu pandemic just three mutations away?

"Just three mutations are needed to make bird flu a potential pandemic strain that could kill millions," is the alarming headline from the Mail Online. However, the chance of all three...
6 days 15 hours ago