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Daily Digest 16 November 2009

Today's roundup - including the Summary Care Record roll-out in London, cowboy cosmetic surgeons and how wearing a bikini can help fight cancer.

By Steve Nowottny

Today's roundup - including the Summary Care Record roll-out in London, cowboy cosmetic surgeons and how wearing a bikini can help fight cancer.

The official London launch of the Summary Care Record receives attention in a number of papers this morning, as well as from the BBC.

As Pulse reported some months ago, the first records in the capital are due to be uploaded at the Princess Street Group Practice in Southwark. But the scheme is now set to offered to every patient in London within months, while the Telegraph reports that: ‘Family doctor practices across every party of the country will be transmitting the data by the end of 2011'.

The Daily Mail reports a warning that women wanting cosmetic surgery are increasingly at risk from ‘cowboy cosmetic surgeons'. Nigel Mercer, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, is reported as saying that ‘public expectation, driven by media hype and professional greed' has culminated in a ‘perfect storm in the cosmetic surgical market.'

The Times is one of a number of papers to cover an outbreak of swine flu in West Sussex, which has closed the Christ's Hospital boarding school after more than 100 pupils were infected.

And almost 80,000 cases of cancer could be prevented each year simply through healthy diet and exercise, according to a study by the World Cancer Research Fund. Amongst the advice given to patients, we're told that ‘just 15 minutes of sunlight a day will give Britons enough Vitamin D to boost healthy hearts' – a fun fact which conveniently allows the Daily Express to publish an accompanying picture of bikini-clad beauties demonstrating exactly how one should obtain said sunlight.

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

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