A recent study suggests Australian women are ageing 20 years earlier than their US counterparts. But this claim deserves some close scrutiny.
An association isn't the same as causation – and as far as associations go, the one in this study was pretty weak.
Headlines screaming that aged cheese could be an aid to better ageing were based on a paper that didn't test the effects of cheese on ageing.
A study was reported to show caffeine protects older women from dementia. But looking closer at the research, we can't truly claim coffee was the reason some of the women had a lower risk of dementia.
Recent reports claiming we need to do five times more exercise than we previously thought are incorrect. Current physical activity guidelines are enough to achieve health benefits.
Some of the headlines are alarming but pregnant women and their doctors should not change their current use of paracetamol on the basis of this paper.
A study claiming "only half your friends like you" made headlines last week. But the data support a humbler, and perhaps happier, story.
A recent study claims most people with melanoma don't have many moles or any atypical moles. But exploring the study in depth shows these conclusions don't have a strong foundation.
Everyone loves a study that turns one of our favourite vices into a health benefit. Before you reach for a Mars bar or a Dairy Milk, let's take a step back.