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Skinny women on TV harmful for health

A new research has suggested repetitive exposure to images of thin women alters brain function and increases our likeliness to develop eating disorders.

Scientists have identified sudden, unexpected changes in the brain function of healthy, body-confident women when they view certain female figures.

In a landmark study, scientists of the Harvard Medical School visited Fiji to evaluate the effect of the introduction of television on body satisfaction and disordered eating in adolescent girls.

In 1995, television arrived and within three years the percentage of girls demonstrating body dissatisfaction rose from 12.7 per cent to 29.2 per cent.

Dieting among teenagers who watched TV increased dramatically to two in every three girls and the rate of self-induced vomiting leapt from zero to 11.3 per cent.

Molecular biologists at Harvard Medical School now believe that external stimuli may activate major psychiatric disorders by changing how our genes function.

Variety in meals holds key to a long and healthy life

Food containing anti-oxidants, wholegrains and vital fatty acids are likely to cut the risk of killer illnesses including heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, a new study has suggested.

Scientists have found that rather than just a narrow range of foods being responsible for boosting health; the answer was a widely varied diet that might include oily fish, porridge oats and blueberries.

“The key is definitely to introduce these kinds of foods into the diet. It is a very healthy diet and completely proves the point that it is about healthy eating as a whole, not just doing one thing,” said nutritionist Angela Dowden.

“It is a lifestyle change instead of tweaks here and there. It could be that it is just one of the foods that is producing these effects but it is much more likely that it is an additive affect of them all contributing,” she added.

Results of the study carried out at Antidiabetic Food Centre at Lund University in Sweden have shown that it is multiple rather than just single foods with anti-inflammatory effects that work wonders.

Swine flu jab may trigger rare nerve disease

Experts have indicated a possible link between the swine flu jab and an increased risk of developing a rare nerve disease.

Studies are on to examine a possible association between the vaccine and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a condition that attacks the nervous system and can cause paralysis and even death.

The Medicines and Health care products Regulatory Agency has published a report that suggests that further tests are to be carried out. It reads: “Given the uncertainties in the available information and as with seasonal flu vaccines, a slightly elevated risk of GBS following H1N1 vaccines cannot be ruled out.”

“Epidemiological studies are ongoing to further assess this possible association.”
A vaccine used to combat a different form of swine flu in the US in 1976 led to 25 deaths from the condition, compared with just one death from swine flu itself.

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