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Daily Digest 13 October 2009

Today's roundup of the GP and other health stories making the headlines - including a discovery that children can ‘catch' cancer from their mums and a female GP’s harrowing battle against depression.

By Ian Quinn

Today's roundup of the GP and other health stories making the headlines - including a discovery that children can ‘catch' cancer from their mums and a female GP's harrowing battle against depression.

Today's health news is dominated by the discovery by British scientists that women suffering from cancer during pregnancy can pass the disease on to their unborn child.

British scientists uncovered the tragic case of a mother who gave leukaemia to her baby, after an extremely rare set of genetic conditions saw rogue cells bypass the child's immune system.

The case solves a mystery of previous similar events and, they hope, may help lead to new treatments.

A thought-provoking feature in The Independent meanwhile covers the story of Dr Liz Miller, a locum GP whose battle against mental illness questions the saying that doctors can't be depressed

Her story includes the suicide of three friends who took their own lives while under investigation by the GMC.

‘If that had been an intensive care unit there would have been an investigation,' says Dr Miller.

Some GPs may well be depressed by an article in the Daily Mirror by resident doc Miriam Stoppard.

She reveals how she was delighted with health secretary Andy Burnham's plans to scrap practice boundaries which she says will make the UK's health service more like the system of health clinics in New York.

She goes on to provide patients with a handy guide as to the many reasons why they may be best to quit their GP. (This would never happen to the 'nation's favourite doctor' of course.)

Speaking of sharp pains in the neck, the Mail carries among its usual Tuesday dose of miracle cures, news that an electrode which can stimulate a nerve in the neck may be the new way to tackle asthma attacks.

Spotted a story we've missed? Let us know and we'll update the digest throughout the day...

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