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Daily Digest 20 November 2009

Today's round-up - Mums gang up on David Cameron, an update on swine flu and spraying anaesthetics in sensitive areas...

By Nigel Praities

Today's round-up - Mums gang up on David Cameron, an update on swine flu and spraying anaesthetics in sensitive areas...

The biggest news story of the day is the coming of age of stem cell therapy. The Independent's front page reports the world's first clinical trial of a therapy derived from embryonic stem cells will be for patients with the rare sight disorder Stargardt's disease.

Most of the papers have also covered the latest development in the swine flu vaccination campaign, with more than 3 million healthy children to be offered the vaccine after a ‘striking rise' in the number of under-5s requiring hospital treatment.

In a dramatic worldwide crackdown on websites that sell illegal medicines, the UK medicines regulator and Interpol have coordinated raids in 24 different countries and confiscated thousands of products from more than 750 websites, reports the Times.

In the scare story of the day, Vicks are recalling 40,000 of their nasal sprays in the UK after the company discovered they may be contaminated with the bacteria B. cepacia. The bug can cause serious infections in people with a weak immune system or with lung conditions, reports the Telegraph.

The Tories have been accused of scare-mongering for refusing to support the Government's plans for a national care service for older people in The Guardian.

David Cameron has also come unstuck after being quizzed on childcare in an online forum for mothers. After a discussion on the site Mumsnet, they criticised the Tory leader for being evasive, patronising and out of touch, reports the Mirror.

An anaesthetic spray could help men who are ‘too hasty in bed', as the Telegraph puts it delicately. In a trial of the spray it found sexual intercourse lasted five minutes longer than a dummy treatment.

An actress has been slammed for a performance where she stops taking her medication and has an epileptic fit on stage, reports the Daily Telegraph. Rita Marcalo says she wants to highlight the ‘invisible disability' of epilepsy and is being supported by a £14,000 grant from the Arts Council for her performance.

GPs and nurses should say sorry for any mistakes they make under new NHS guidance, the Telegraph reports. The advice from the National Patient Safety Agency is intended to placate patients and prevent them from then going on to sue the NHS for any mistakes made.

In coverage that will warm many a GPs heart, the Daily Mail reports unusual comments from a former NHS chief. Sir Nigel Crisp said politicians should focus on public health issues such as smoking, assisted dying and stem cell research ethics - leaving the health service to run itself day-to-day.

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

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