SIRC Media Watch Archive
Panics and Scares – June 2003

Iron pills 'increase risk' of Parkinson's People with higher-than-average levels of iron in their diet, or who take iron supplements, seem to be twice as likely to develop Parkinson's disease, says a study published yesterday. Telegraph

Potatoes feared as diabetes trigger. Australian researchers have found that mothers who eat vegetables such as potatoes and turnips when pregnant could increase their child's risk of developing diabetes. Herald Sun

Doctors' ties 'spreading disease'. Doctors are being urged to stop wearing neckties in hospital. It follows fears that the humble male accessory may be putting patients at risk of disease and infection. BBC.

Scientist warns of Star Wars health risk. An American military scientist leading a cancer cluster investigation near a Star Wars radar base said last night that he would not buy a house close to the similar establishment on Fylingdales Moor in North Yorkshire. Dr Richard Albanese of the US Air Force said that his "very conservative" approach to possible medical risks from new technology would keep him well away from the hugely powerful monitoring system. Guardian