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Plymouth study claims Tetris could help dieters

Researchers at Plymouth University have revealed people who are dieting could reduce cravings for fatty foods and snacks by playing Tetris. Through studies on volunteers psychologists say playing three minutes of the game can distract the user's brain long enough so they can stave off the cravings.

"Episodes of craving normally only last a few minutes, during which time an individual is visualising what they want and the reward it will bring.

"Often those feelings result in the person giving in and consuming the very thing they are trying to resist.

"But by playing Tetris, just in short bursts, you are preventing your brain creating those enticing images and without them the craving fades."

– Professor Andrade

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Coastal researchers measure impact on gravel beaches

Coastal researchers measure impact on gravel beaches Credit: ITV News West Country

The inclement weather we've been experiencing lately has been good news for some West Country scientists.

Coastal researchers from Plymouth University have been able to carry out experiments to measure the impact of extreme waves and water levels on gravel beaches which are considered natural means of coastal defence

Ann Widdecombe faces her fears at Dartmoor Zoo

Ann Widdecombe in pantomime mode in 2009 Credit: Jenny Duval/EMPICS Entertainment

Former Government minister Ann Widdecombe is among the special guests facing their fears of creepy crawlies at Dartmoor Zoo today. It's part of a campaign to raise £1 million for brain tumour research.

Researchers from Plymouth University are at the forefront of the development of treatments for people with brain tumours.

The broccoli that's REALLY good for you

We've all been told to eat our greens because they're good for us. Well it turns out a special type of broccoli really is extra-specially good for us.

Scientifically- designed to have special properties that will fight against cancer and heart disease - a new medical test has found that it's making a real difference to people's lives and health. Our Health Correspondent Jacquie Bird has more.

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Study into effect of cannabis on MS

Scientists at Plymouth University say cannabis has no effect in halting progressive multiple sclerosis. But they say it may have some benefit for people with less serious MS.

Experts studied 500 people with MS over an eight-year period. Some were given capsules containing the active ingredient in cannabis, while others were given placebos.

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500 multiple sclerosis sufferers took part in the study Credit: ITV Westcountry

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