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Daily Digest 15 October 2009

Today's roundup of the GP and other health stories making the headlines - including different takes on the CQC's annual NHS report and the healing properties of sugar.

By Mia Kukathasan

Today's roundup of the GP and other health stories making the headlines - including different takes on the CQC's annual NHS report and the healing properties of sugar.

The annual report on the NHS, by the Care Quality Commision, has come out - and a number of papers have a view on the results. In the Guardian they report on an overall increase in standards, while noting a drop in those rated excellent. In the Mail they focus on the watchdog's criticism of hospitals on the basis of quality and value for money... whereas the Sun declares that half of NHS hospitals are failing patients.

The antidepressant Seroxat has been ruled to be the cause of a baby's heart abnormalities. The Guardian reports on the case in a US court where GlaxoSmithKline was forced to pay £1.6 million to a Philadelphia family. Seroxat is sold under the name Paxil in the US.

And finally, rubbing granulated sugar into wounds such as bedsores (a traditional remedy in countries including Zimbabwe) appears to promote healing, according to a trial at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham.

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