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Daily Digest 23 November 2009

Today's roundup - including marriage guidance counselling on the NHS, and a warning on mistletoe liplocks.

By Steve Nowottny

Today's roundup - including marriage guidance counselling on the NHS, and a warning on mistletoe liplocks.

A quietish day for health stories today, but there's still plenty to get through, with some papers following on from stories first broken over the weekend.

The Daily Mirror carries a warning over a new strain of ‘Tamiflu-resistant' swine flu. Three of five patients diagnosed in a local outbreak in a Welsh hospital are still in the hospital.

The Times is one of a number of papers to follow on from a story at the weekend revealing that couples are to be offered marriage guidance counselling on the NHS. Health secretary Andy Burnham is due to announce later this week that couples with relationship problems will be offered free sessions for up to six months as part of a £270 million investment in talking therapies.

A new US study has found that mothers who smoke during pregnancy more than double their chances of their children suffering from ADHD, the Daily Mail reports.

The Daily Telegraph reports critcism of so-called ‘superdiets' from Professor Chris Hawkey, president of the British Society of Gastronenterology.

‘Food has been shrouded in myths and fairy tales since time immerorial, Professor Hawkey said last week. ‘But what's important is to recognise that, despite the popularity of fad diets, we are losing a grip on the fight with obesity.'

And finally, Christmas is coming - but if you've been lining up someone special for a cosy cuddle under the mistletoe, there's bad news. ‘Mistletoe kisses must be chaste' warns the Telegraph's front page, in a story also covered in the Mail. It's all the fault of swine flu, of course, but interestingly, this latest infection control guidance comes from no less a medical authority than Debrett's, the etiquette experts. You have been warned.

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