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Daily Digest 22 October 2009

Today's roundup - including news on NICE rejecting a breast cancer drug, the NHS banning ageism, and the swine flu vaccination programme

By Gareth Iacobucci

Today's roundup - including news on NICE rejecting a breast cancer drug, the NHS banning ageism, and the swine flu vaccination programme

The Times and various other newspapers report on the news that NICE proposes to reject a breast cancer drug which can give women with advanced breast cancer extra weeks or months of life. NICE said it plans to block use of Tykerb (lapatinib) after a second review.

'NHS bans ageism' is the proclamation in the Daily Mail this morning, who report that health secretary Andy Burnham has vowed that elderly patients must receive same attention as the young.

Most papers, including The Daily Telegraph, give coverage to the news that doctors from London have predicted the world's first successful womb transplant could take place within two years.

The Guardian reports that the swine flu vaccination programme is now underway, with Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson urging all priority groups to take up the offer of vaccination.

The Telegraph reports on the inquest of a boy who died from meningitis, which heard he was diagnosed with a migraine and sent home with Calpol.

And the Telegraph also reports that a breakthrough in cancer treatment may allow doctors to protect healthy cells from radiotherapy while at the same time accelerating the death of tumours.

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

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