SIRC Media Watch Archive
Panics and Scares – February 2005

Beware: pancakes are flipping dangerous. The pancake’s annual day in the limelight today has been overshadowed by warnings which add it to the list of traditional fun activities which may be more dangerous than most people thought. Hot on the heels of its Christmas warning about tripping up over presents and getting scratched by tree needles, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has issued safety guidelines for eating and tossing pancakes. Guardian

Tooth-brushing ‘cuts heart risk’. Brushing your teeth could reduce the risk of having a stroke or heart attack, a study has suggested. BBC

Probably the most silly report ever from the Japan Society for the Study of Obesity.
Brushing 3 times a day keeps flab away.
If you want to keep trim, forget the diet books and gym membership — you may be better off just brushing your teeth more often, according to a Japanese study. In a survey of the everyday habits of nearly 14,000 people whose average age was in their mid-40s, Dr. Takashi Wada of Jikei University in Tokyo found that those who managed to stay slim tended to brush their teeth after every meal. Overweight men sometimes went more than a day without brushing their teeth … The results do not mean that brushing in itself constitutes a fat-burning exercise, the authors say(!) Reuters