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Morning Radar: Three things we're talking about this morning

Snot funny: New Brunswick's Department of Health is facing some heat over a graphic PSA that relies on gross-out humour to remind people to get their annual flu shot.

In it, a young girl walks to a computer and then she suddenly sneezes into the camera and the screen is left covered in mucus. Text appears that reads: "Your screen just came between you and the flu." A voice then mentions the government is providing free influenza vaccinations for people between six months old to 18 years old.

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Dr. Paul Van Buynder, the provinces deputy chief medical officer of health, told the CBC he isn't apologizing to those complaining about the vivid imagery used in the television spot.

What do you think? Too gross? Or nothing compared to what that guy next to you on the bus did this morning?

TP goes tubeless: It's the biggest news in the toilet paper world in 100 years: the tube is finito.

Kimberly-Clark has announced that it will will begin testing Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper at Walmart and Sam's Club stores throughout the Northeast U.S.A.

If sales take off, it may introduce the line nationally and globally - and even consider adapting the technology into its paper towel brands, according to a piece in USA Today.

No, the holes won't be perfectly round, but they should fit toilet paper spindles. And the company says even the last piece of toilet paper will be usable and not all gluey. It's all in the "winding process" allegedly.

While the move appears to be green, the test rolls do not have recycled paper for now. It's the kind of confusing green marketing that they're talking about over at the Wall Street Journal.

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But there's a bigger question for craft lovers across North America: What will become of all those cute toilet-paper-roll crafts?

Behind the hype: Does sugar really make kids hyper? As Halloween approaches, so too does the Sugar Dread that many parents feel. Will their children lose their minds over those baby KitKats and Smarties?

Maybe, but not for the reason you think. Research has repeatedly shown that's it's the environment a kid's in - and the expectation that sugary treats will set them off - that actually fuels hyped-up behaviour. has a round-up of the arguments, and one commenter on the site pointed out that the popular health TV show Dr. Oz addressed this topic recently on a show called The Truth About Food.

"It showed that the kids who were in a calm atmosphere while they ate sugar were fine, while the same kids who ate healthy snacks in a party atmosphere were wild. It seems it was all about the environment, not the food."

So think about that on Sunday when you're about to loadly bemoan the effects of all that Halloween loot.

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Tralee Pearce has been a reporter at The Globe and Mail since 1999, starting as a writer in the paper’s Style section. She joined the new Life section for its launch in 2007. She covers parenting and family issues for the daily section. More

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