August 17, 2006

RESEARCH: TV 'can numb pain for children'

TV 'can numb pain for children'
Watching television may act as a natural painkiller for children, Italian research indicates.

A University of Siena team studied the level of pain reported by 69 children aged between seven and 12 as they gave blood samples.

Some were distracted by their mothers during the procedure, some had no distraction and some watched cartoons.

Those who watched TV reported least pain, the study - published in Archives of Disease in Childhood - said.

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