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Daily Digest 2 December 2009

Today's roundup - including the secret behind men dying first, and more good news for red wine drinkers.

By Ian Quinn

Today's roundup - including the secret behind men dying first, and more good news for red wine drinkers.

Health stories are so thin on the ground in today's papers... but it's not every day one of the great mysteries of life is solved.

The Times and the Daily Mail report on a discovery that genes passed on by fathers may be to blame for the fact that women live longer than men.

Japanese scientists have apparently found that the same genes which cause greater growth in males may be to blame for a shortened lifespan, with the average woman in Britain expected to make it to 81, compared to a mere 77 if you are a bloke.

Most of the other health stories today focus on ways to either add on a few sneaky bonus years or to invite the Reaper to put in an early appearance.

The Daily Mail focuses on yet more health benefits associated with red wine, featuring research that it can not only sort out your heart problems and fend off cancer but also keep the dentist at bay.

Best stick to the Tinto however, as white wine will rot your teeth, it reports.

The Telegraph reports that noisy hospitals can harm patientsrecovery, after a study showed wards are often as noisy as the average office.

According to the WHO - that's the World Health Organisation rather than the band famed for playing so loud it made your ears bleed - wards should be kept as quite as a library whisper. Deathly quiet in fact.

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

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