SIRC Media Watch Archive
Panics and Scares – February 2002

Study links more frequent fish intake with asthma. Japanese youth who eat fish once or twice per week or more may be more likely to have asthma than their peers who consume fish less often, new study results show. Reuters. But – Eating fish 'cuts early birth risk'. Women who eat fish early in their pregnancies can reduce the risk of a premature birth and of their babies being underweight, according to researchers. Telegraph.

'Dancing OAP rats' offer hope of reversing aging. Older people could be given a new lease of life with a combination of dietary supplements that has been found to rejuvenate rats. Scotsman.

Common myths about nutrition can spell trouble for your pet. As a veterinarian, I often hear interesting nutrition myths. Like brewer's yeast repels fleas; it doesn't. Or pets need bacon grease in their food for a healthy coat; they don't. San Francisco Gate.

Vitamins in beer plan considered. Vitamins could be added to beer in an attempt to reduce alcohol-related health problems in Scotland. BBC.

Research links vegetables to cancer. Ground-breaking research has found eating vegetables could be the cause of the fastest growing cancer in the UK. Ananova.

Scientist proves you can sleep your life away. A new study in the US shows that sleeping for too long is bad for your health. The healthiest amount of sleep is between six and seven hours per night. Those who sleep for longer have a significantly increased death rate. Ananova
A good night's sleep could kill you. Glasgow Herald.

Doorbell may trigger strokes say scientists. Jumping up to answer the door may be enough to trigger a stroke, according to new research. Ananova

Vibrating games health warning. Doctors are calling for vibrating computer game controllers to carry health warnings after a teenager developed a painful condition known as hand-arm vibration syndrome…In a report in the British Medical Journal, the authors say that with an increasing number of children using these games, there should be consideration for statutory health warnings. BBC.