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IN BRIEF: Fizzy drinks link to diabetes

DRINKING water instead of fizzy drinks could significantly decrease the risk of diabetes and heart disease, health experts have said.

Professor Frank Hu, from the Harvard School of Public Health, said: "There is convincing evidence that regular consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with increased risk of obesity and diabetes, and emerging evidence that these beverages increase the risk for heart disease."

Home-vid OAPs are online stars

An elderly couple have achieved YouTube stardom -- by accident.

Grandparents Esther and Bruce Huffman, of McMinnville, Oregon, unwittingly pressed 'record' on their new laptop's web camera in mid-August.

The resulting video, recorded without their knowledge, captures them messing around, worrying about wrinkles in their faces and questioning whether the camera is working.

Emma takes on Rabbit tale

Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson is writing a new Peter Rabbit story.

The book is to be published by Penguin in September 2012.

Penguin has announced that the book will be called The Further Tale Of Peter Rabbit.

The book will be set in Scotland, where Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter visited as a child. Thompson has worked on other projects for young people, including Nanny McPhee, her film adaptation of Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda stories.