Watching TV can make you sick: so what else is new?
According to Dr Jan Van Mierlo, of Hasselt University, Belgium, "specifically, fear of illness increased with age and girls were more afraid of illness than boys. We questioned adolescents who, in general, had no personal experience of hospitals and doctors and are likely to have learned a lot through TV. It's a subliminal relationship, something you take with you from these programmes."
For the full article on the UK's Daily Mail, click here.
So - what ailments could other TV progs induce?
I can't really speak much about North American TV as I live most of the year in the UK, but let me speculate for a moment.
House - depression, supressed anger, pulling the wings off live flies
Strictly Come Dancing (or US equivalent) - dropped arches and bunions on both feet
Talent shows in general - severe tinnitis in both ears
Gardening programmes - gang-green (oh, sorry)
Home makeovers - housemaid's knee (sorry again)
Sports - tennis elbow (not sorry any more)
Beauty makeovers - Bell's Palsy (of the face)
Political documentaries - acute schizophrenia
OK, over to you now
How many more TV related illnesses can we come up with? Post your ideas as comments on here. Or email them to me, suze at suzanstmaur dot com, and I'll post them for you.
No budget for champagne I'm afraid but a big, big smile and cyber-hug will go to the author of the funniest responses.
All for now...