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Crisps cause hyperactivity, legal highs should be sold in chemists and why a big member matters

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines on Tuesday 9 April.

Eating one pack of crisps a day is like drinking five litres of cooking oil each year, headlines the Daily Mail this morning, reporting the frightening truth about crisps.

New research has predictably linked crisps to the obesity and heart disease epidemics, but also said the salty potato snack can be linked to developmental problems in unborn babies, hyperactivity in children and potentially cancer in adults.

The Mail writes that the risks would not be so critical if it weren’t for one-third of Britain’s children eating one pack of crisps a day.

Meanwhile, over at The Telegraph, headlines call out for so-called ‘legal highs’ to be sold in chemists so kids know what is in them. The advice, from the Government’s former chief drugs adviser Professor David Nutt, said then doctors will know when they have taken an overdose.

Professor Nutt, who was sacked by ministers in 2009 after claiming that alcohol and tobacco were more dangerous than LSD, warned online customers that party drugs risk their health because they don’t know what is in them.

However, if too much partying has affected your memory, help is at hand as The Telegraph also reports that the smell of rosemary boosts recollection.

A rosemary essential oil boosted healthy adults’ ability to recall past events and ability to perform future tasks, which could include taking medication or sending a birthday card, at the correct time.

The improvement was unrelated to the participants’ mood, suggesting it was a chemical influence that improved their memory, the study found.

The last, but not the smallest, news headline has gone viral overnight after a study finds that penis size does matter, as reported in The Independent and elsewhere. A new study has shown that men with the largest penis, broadest shoulders and who are tallest most often get picked by women and this may have affected evolution.

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