Health: Obesity linked to poverty

Working class people are more likely to be obese and suffer from high blood pressure than their more affluent neighbours, a government study has found.The poorest people - who live in deprived urban areas mainly in the north - suffer from illness the most.

Anorexia links

Problems with relationships were by far the most common stressful event which preceded the onset of an eating disorder according to findings published in the British Journal of Medical Psychology.

Health: Discovery may help tackle obesity

A signalling mechanism discovered in the brain which governs appetite and metabolism could lead to new treatments for obesity.

Cannabis Campaign: A toke without smoke

The British Medical Association's long-awaited endorsement of cannabis as a potential source for beneficial medicines came with a strong public health warning, writes Graham Ball. In a rider to their influential report The Therapeutic Uses of Cannabis, published last Tuesday, medical experts pointed out that smoking a cannabis joint can lead to three times more tar inhalation than smoking a cigarette.

Paraphernalia: Water features

THE SOUND of running water in a garden is delightfully relaxing and charming. However, if the sight is also to be delightfully relaxing and charming, bear in mind that any water feature where the water is spurting out of something's open jaws at high velocity is more alarming than charming (all-too-popular examples - lion, frog, gargoyle). Crude approximations of peeing cherubs and/ or Grecian maidens carrying brimming pots are also to be avoided.

The facts on fat

Obesity in England doubled between 1980 and 1994 from 6 per cent to 13.8 per cent of men and from 8 per cent to 17.3 per cent of women. Half the adult population is overweight.

No short cut to slimming, say doctors

Slimming pills offer no cure for the overweight and should only be taken by very fat people when all else has failed, specialists say.

Letter: Babies at risk from dioxins

Sir: It has been known for many years that PCBs and dioxins are widespread in our diet and are concentrated in human milk as well as in cows' milk (Briefing, 15 May) and that they take a long time to decay, probably over 10 years.

Letter: Worry about plutonium on Earth before you worry about it in space

Plutonium is the most toxic substance known to man. It has few uses other than for nuclear weapons and satellite power units. It has a half-life in the millions of years. That means it must be stored securely for some multiple of that time without leaking or falling into dangerous hands. Recent events at Sellafield have shown that there is no consensus on the safe Earth-bound disposal of highly toxic and fissile substances. Blasting Plutonium into space, beyond harm, with the benefit of expanding our knowledge and sense of wonder at the universe seems, therefore, a positively sound proposition.

High dioxin levels found in breast-fed babies

High dioxin levels found

Nuclear plant leak injures 43

Forty-three people were taken to hospital after a leak of toxic material at a nuclear centre at Nizhny Novgorod, east of Moscow, Itar- Tass news agency said yesterday.

A little comic relief does wonders for utility shares

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Family makes pounds 50m as PCB buys Forward

Forward Group, the maker of printed circuit boards, yesterday agreed to a pounds 129m takeover bid from PCB Investments of the US, a deal that will yield more than pounds 50m for Raymond Chamberlain, chairman, and other family members. The 230p-per-share bid comes just three months after Forward's shares were sent plunging from 263p to 110p after the company issued a profits warning.

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