Playing violent video games for just 20 minutes a day can encourage aggressive behaviour

Playing violent video games for just 20 minutes a day can encourage aggressive behaviour University students were asked to play a violent video game or a driving game over three daysThey were then set a couple of tests to see how they reacted to the outside worldThose who played shoot-em-ups like Call of Duty were more likely to assume the world was hostile and react aggressively | UPDATED: 16:57 GMT, 11 December 2012 Playing a violent video game for just an hour over a three-day period is enough to increase aggressive behaviour, according to a new study. However, playing a non-violent video game, such as a racing game, has no effect on aggression when played for 20 minutes a day for three consecutive days. Although previous studies have revealed a single violent gaming session can increase short-term aggression, this is the first to show longer-term effects.

How Britain"s high sales tax "holds back economic recovery"

How Britain's high sales tax 'holds back economic recovery'British shoppers face one of the highest levels of sales tax in the worldAverage sales tax is 15.97%, higher than European average of 15.5%Among Western nations, only Netherlands had higher sales tax at 18.18% | UPDATED: 01:00 GMT, 11 December 2012 Shoppers in Britain face one of the highest levels of sales tax and duty in the world, a study has revealed.

Meningitis link to smoking in pregnancy: Cigarettes can treble child"s chance of developing the disease

Meningitis link to smoking in pregnancy: Cigarettes can treble child’s chance of developing the disease | UPDATED: 01:24 GMT, 10 December 2012 Scientists estimate that more than 600 children a year in Britain develop meningitis as a result of their parents' second-hand smoke (pictured posed by model) Smoking during pregnancy can treble the baby’s chance of developing meningitis, researchers warn, and children exposed to smoke from a parent’s cigarettes at home are twice as likely to have the deadly illness. Scientists estimate that more than 600 children a year in Britain develop meningitis as a result of their parents’ second-hand smoke

Carla Bruni admits craving cigarettes during pregnancy and describes giving birth as "fulfilling" during Vogue interview

Carla Bruni admits craving cigarettes during pregnancy and describes giving birth as 'fulfilling' during Vogue interviewThe model gave birth to daughter Giulia in November last yearIn the interview, she said she found breastfeeding 'absolutely sensual' Added that husband Nicolas Sarkozy is not the love of her lifeSparked outrage with comments saying a woman's place is in the home | UPDATED: 22:19 GMT, 2 December 2012 Carla Bruni has admitted to craving cigarettes whilst pregnant with her first child. The model said that even though giving birth was ‘fulfilling’, she enjoyed it less because she was unable to smoke the entire time