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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 28 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1281

Distraction during mealtimes leads to overeating. Researchers found that playing a computer game over lunch affected fullness, memory of eating, and the tendency to snack later on in the day (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2011;93:308-13, doi:10.3945/ajcn.110.004580). Distracted individuals were less full after a fixed lunch, had poorer recall of what they’d eaten, and ate significantly more biscuits in a taste test half an hour later. The results have implications for our multi-tasking society.

Stroke survivors who become depressed have a significant effect on their caregivers. Carers reported more emotional distress when looking after people who exhibited more depressive symptoms, and the effect remained two years after stroke. Carers were also more disturbed if they themselves were younger, female, or in poorer physical health, or had experienced more interference with their lifestyle. On the other hand, stroke survivors’ physical disability, severity of stroke, and co-morbidity were not significant factors (Stroke 2011;42:302-6, doi:10.1161/strokeaha.110.597963).

Women are three times more likely than men to get lung cancer, independent of how much they smoke. The mechanism is unknown but hormonal …

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