Daily Digest 18 September 2009
By Nigel Praities
Today's round-up of the GP and other health stories making the headlines.
The spread of E.coli infection continues to make headlines, with the The Daily Mail covering a story on a three-year old boy who survived swine flu now in hospital with E. coli infection after visiting the farm in Surrey at the centre of the outbreak.
Speaking of the dreaded swine flu, the jump in the number of weekly cases from 3,000 to 5,000 after the new school term has started has many of the papers in a lather today, with The Telegraph saying this signals the second wave has begun.
In a candidate for the most obvious article of the week, men who live unhealthily can expect to have shorter lives than those who don't, reports The Times and many of the other papers today.
The Sun gleefully reports on two ‘health blunders' today, with a radiologist falsely giving 14 women given the clear after a mammogram at Accrington Victoria Hospital and a charity worker remarking ‘oh brilliant!' on discovering one women had breast cancer.
In a more light-hearted story, The Sun also reports the number of male boob reductions are soaring. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic surgeons or BAAPs (no sniggers in the back rows there) have supplied figures showing an increase of 1000% in the surgery.
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