Behind the headlines

A section of The National Health Service (NHS Choices) runs a service which "provides an unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories that make the news". Sadly, this is necessary because the press often gets the story wrong, or sensationalises it, and, in some cases, claims results that are the direct opposite of what the research found!

We will do our best to gather stories that relate to children's health and publish the NHS Choices commentary here

Vaccines not linked with autism, study finds (May 21st 2014)
Scarlet fever (March 21st 2014)
Is breast milk really best, American sudy asks (February 27th 2014)
Peanut allergy theory shows promise (January 30th 2014)
Swaddling may damage babies' hips (October 30th 2013)
Call to ban additives in children's medicines (October 23rd 2013)
Call to delay school for premature babies (October 17th 2013)
Irregular bedtimes make children "naughtier" (October 14th 2013)
Misguided claims that alcohol in pregnancy helps baby (June 18th 2013)
Sharing a bed with your baby ups risk of cot death (May 20th 2013)
Dubious claims that crying babies 'self-soothe' (January 5th 2013)
One primary school child in three is "too fat" (December 14th 2012)
Half of all medical reporting is subject to spin (September 19th 2012)
Controlled crying "safe for babies" (September 11th 2012)
Twins "more likely to die before first birthday" (June 22nd 2012)
Sharp rise in whooping cough cases (April 13th 2012)
Study "links autism to maternal obesity" (April 10th 2012)
"Kids grow out of autism" claim unfounded (February 23rd 2012)
Spoon-feeding compared with 'baby-led' weaning (February 7th 2012)
Autism detected in brains of six-month-old infants (January 27th 2012)
Medical chief highlights importance of vitamin D (January 25th 2012)
Some foods "too high in salt for babies" (August 3rd 2011)
Are sweets good for kids? (July 1st 2011)
Mother's sleeping position and risk of stillbirth (June 16th 2011)
Do childhood pets affect allergy risk? (June 15th 2011)
What factor sun screen? (June 1st 2011)
Energy drinks not good for children (May 31st 2011)
Lack of sleep and child obesity (27th May 2011)
Are children getting weaker? (23rd May 2011)
Radiation exposure and iodine tablets
(24th March 2011)
Breastfeeding 'linked to school grades'
(March 14th 2011)
Advice for managing child fever
(March 1st 2011)
Symptoms of child infections studied
(Feb 28th 2011)
NICE warns of alternative allergy tests
(Feb 23rd 2011)
Children's diets "still lack nutrition"
(Feb 18th 2011)
Risk of energy drinks examined
(Feb 15th 2011)
Child diet "linked to IQ"
(Feb 8th 2011)
Study examines peanut allergy in England
(7th Feb 2011)
ADHD children should have diets assessed
(4th Feb 2011)
Antibiotic link to bowel problems unclear
(18th January 2011)
Call for breastfeeding advice to be re-examined
(14th January 2011)
Alternative medicine danger for children
(23rd December 2010)
Mobile telephones and mums-to-be
(7th December 2010)
Motherhood "brain boost" unproven
(21st October 2010)
Overfeeding linked to child obesity
(30th September 2010)
Breastfeeding "fights infection"
(28th September 2010)
Early babies and special needs
(9th June 2010)