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Daily Digest 18 November 2009

Today's roundup - including a private treatment scare, takeaway timebombs and swine flu refuseniks.

Today's roundup - including a private treatment scare, takeaway timebombs and swine flu refuseniks.

The biggest health news in the papers today comes directly from general practice and from Pulse, with our poll of 107 GPs, which found patients in the priority groups are unenthusiastic about having the swine flu vaccine.

The story is covered in the Times, the Telegraph, the Independent, the Daily Mail and the Express.

In a blow to plans to use private companies to provide NHS treatment, the Times has learned a scheme in London has been halted due to safety concerns. NHS London told the paper after a ‘number of safety incidents' they were transferring the 50,000 patients on the scheme to reduce waiting lists back to treatment on the NHS.

The Mirror covers a slightly disturbing story for anyone who thought their child-bearing days were over. A grandma has given birth to ‘miracle tot' 13 years after being sterilised.

A policewoman has become the first person in UK to have part of her skull replaced with ceramic plate, after she had five brain tumours removed. The plate is apparently made of the same material as bathroom tiles and will eventually knit together with the bone in her skull, reports the Daily Mail.

Thousands of elderly people will receive free care as part of new legislation being announced in the Queen's speech. From next October up to 280,000 people with the ‘most pressing care needs' will receive funding to stay in their homes, says the Telegraph.

The Daily Mail covers the salt health timebomb of teenagers regularly eating take-away or ready meals. The warning comes after a survey of 3,000 people found 16% of under-18s typically had one of the salt and fat-laden meals every day.

In a story that will comfort those teens as they age, the Daily Mail looks at the latest evidence on statins. In research released at the American Heart Association meeting last weekend another study shows statins can make unprecedented cuts in the risk of heart attacks in otherwise healthy people. Stuff another pizza down your face sunshine - they will soon be putting them in the tapwater.

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

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