Cartoon characters calm kids' nerves

Watching Kung Fu Panda soothes children’s nerves before undergoing cryotherapy for cutaneous viral warts, research shows.

A study found anxiety scores were significantly lower in under-sixes shown the animated comedy blockbuster – or with TV show Barney – before treatment, compared with those who received regular care.

Cryotherapy also took less time, and was less likely to involve restraining the child, when the videos were shown beforehand.

So successful was the