We dug into what was behind the headlines on nose-picking and dementia so you don’t have to. Here’s what the study really says.
It seems as though every other week there’s a study telling us coffee is good for us, or it’s bad for us. Here’s what to make of this new piece of research.
The real message is how old you are when you first have sex and have your first child is controlled by a little bit of nature and a lot of nurture.
The researchers found a link between shorter heights and lower bone mineral content among vegan kids, compared to meat-eaters. But they didn’t show diets caused the difference – or that it lasted.
People taking hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus may be more likely to die, according to new research. But that doesn’t mean the drug is killing them.
A study from France concluded smoking might protect against coronavirus. But particularly now, in the midst of a pandemic, it’s critical we don’t take headlines at face value.
If you’re a male who enjoys dairy, there’s no reason to stop having it.
A recent study reported a high consumption of dairy products was associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. But breaking down the results shows there’s no reason for men to give up dairy.
Eating lots of red meat increases your risk of cancer and a range of chronic diseases.
The advice is still to limit your red meat intake to a maximum of 500g a week. So why did some headlines tell us otherwise this week?
This is the first study to link a vegetarian diet to an increased risk of stroke. But the evidence isn’t strong enough to cause alarm.
A new study has found a vegetarian diet is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, but linked to an increased risk of stroke. This is how we should – and shouldn’t – interpret the results.
While this research has merit, it doesn’t exactly tell us eating chicken reduces risk of breast cancer.
Recent reports suggested eating chicken could reduce the risk of breast cancer. In the study, those who ate chicken were at lower risk – when compared to women who ate large quantities of red meat.
If you’re depressed, the headlines might tempt you to reach out for a chocolate bar. But don’t believe the hype.
Depression is a serious, common and sometimes debilitating condition. And no, chocolate won’t help, whatever the headlines tell you.
In women with endometriosis, tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found outside the uterus, causing pain and infertility.
The research, mostly in mice, delivers some interesting new insights about endometriosis but we still haven’t found the cause, let alone a cure.
As keen as we may be to hear about any health benefits of drinking coffee, the headlines aren’t always what they seem.
Caffeine may be able to increase the function of what we call ‘brown fat’. But we shouldn’t immediately scramble for the closest long black or flat white and expect to see the kilos drop.
Whether you’re eating red meat or white meat, a lean cut is the healthier way to go.
Researchers looked at whether it’s better to eat red meat, poultry or plant protein sources for heart health. While a plant-based diet was the clear winner, red meat and white meat scored the same.
There’s no need to be put off using sunscreen.
A study that found chemicals from sunscreen in people’s blood has made headlines. But the participants were applying huge amounts, and the measurements were far lower than would be cause for concern.
The science isn’t clear on whether organic foods can lower your risk of cancer. But eating plenty of fruit and veg – however it’s grown – can reduce your risk.
The participants who chose more organically grown foods over 4.5 years had slightly lower rates of cancer. But it doesn’t necessarily mean one thing caused the other.
Don’t worry, it’s still OK to have that sleep in or afternoon nap.
The researchers found a link between sleeping for longer than eight hours a night and getting heart disease or dying prematurely. But they didn’t show the sleep duration caused these problems.
Hyperactivity and inattentiveness doesn’t mean you have ADHD.
While the study found a link between high rates of digital media use and inattention and hyperactivity, it didn’t find that one caused the other. Nor did it look specifically at clinically diagnosed ADHD.
The fashion advice is generally to tighten ties so they’re tight but not too tight.
Wearing a tie that causes slight discomfort can reduce blood flow to the brain by 7.5%, but the reduction is unlikely to cause any physical symptoms, which generally begin at a reduction of 10%.
The study contains some good news for people who drink a lot of coffee.
The study only showed a correlation between drinking coffee and living longer, but it’s still plausible coffee caused the effect.