NHS Choices runs a “behind the headlines” website, which looks at current news reports of healthcare advances and explains the scientific breakthroughs behind these stories. It is an excellent site for getting balanced coverage of health-related discoveries, with analysis of the primary research provided at a level suitable for non-specialist scientists and health care workers. The site often highlights the hyperbole used in newspaper headlines, such as a recent Daily Express headline suggesting a “Cure for most cancers ‘soon’” – NHS Choices balances this with “this was a preliminary laboratory study and no such drug has yet been found. Such a wide-ranging cure is much further away than the headline suggests.”
A weekly email bulletin with the week’s top ten stories is also available from NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines.