Morning. Ben here at Television Centre. I think the sun’s out, but our office here has no windows so it’s hard to tell. Some early morning things to thing about…
Barack Obama’s camp has accused Hillary Clinton’s staff of circulating a photo that could damage his campaign. Clinton’s aides deny any involvement. So called ‘happiness pills’ might not make you happy after all. And does commercialism damage children?
Obama in costume
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have traded accusations over a photo released on the Drudge Report website. The picture shows Mr Obama dressed in traditional Somali clothing while on a visit to Kenya in 2006.
The website claims the photos were released by Mrs Clinton’s aides, designed as a smear. Clinton’s camp denies the allegations. Several months ago, Clinton’s staff were accused of releasing an email suggesting Obama is a Muslim.
So, just another episode in the increasingly bitter race for the Democrat nomination? Or could this photo seriously damage Barack Obama’s campaign, regardless of how the photo got out there? If you’re about to vote in Ohio or Texas, could this change the way you vote?
Prozac or placebo?
Moving on, the front pages of many UK papers are covered with large pictures of little pills. One of the most comprehensive studies of modern antidepressants, including Prozac, suggests they have very little clinical effect.
The study compared a number of clinical trials, published and unpublished. It concluded that the drugs produced a very small improvement compared to the placebo.
Do you have experience with antidepressants? Is this proof of the power of the placebo effect?
Pressures of commercialism
And finally, according to a report on modern childhood, the pressures of commercialism are making children unhappy. The pressure to keep up with all the latest trends has a negative effect on the well-being of youngsters, the report says.
Do you agree? Are today’s young people under more pressure than ever before to keep up?