Now, today, a 'magic pill to keep you slim: drug kills hunger pangs without any side effects'.
Here's how the article, by Mark Reynolds, begins:
Millions of overweight Britons could benefit from a new wonder diet pill which switches off appetite without any side effects.
Scientists are close to developing the drug which will help combat the growing obesity epidemic with some 15 million in the UK now falling into that category.
Regular readers of the Express may feel they've been here before. On 23 April 2007, the paper asked: Is a magic pill a cure for obesity?
A week later, it was trumpeting a 'magic pill that helps you burn fat without exercise'.
Given there is, according to the article, a 'growing obesity epidemic' it appears those 'magic pills' didn't work.
Incidentally, this story, like a similar version in the Mail, was based on a report in yesterday's Sunday Times. The Express says the pill is 'without any side effects'. The Mail claims at the start there are no 'nasty side effects'. At the end of the article, however, the Mail states:
Side-effects are predicted to be limited to bouts of nausea, but OAP-189 will have to go through extensive human testing before it reaches the market, which is expected to take between five and seven years.
Ah. So there could be 'bouts of nausea' and it could be another 5 years - at least - before the product might be available. After 'extensive human testing'. In which time, the absence, or otherwise, of side effects might be rather more clear.