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Daily Digest 25 November 2009

Today's roundup - including news that thousands of children have already had swine flu without knowing it, and the health benefits of Sudoku.

By Ian Quinn

Today's roundup - including news that thousands of children have already had swine flu without knowing it, and the health benefits of Sudoku.

The revelation that thousands of children have already had swine flu without even realising it is the big health news in today's papers.

The bombshell was dropped yesterday by the Health Protection Agency which found that in hotspots such as London and the West Midlands up to a third of children had developed antibodies against the virus, showing they had been infected.

‘We have not got the pandemic we planned for,' was the almost-crestfallen quote in the Daily Mail from Professor Maria Zambon, director of the HPA's centre for infections, as the news appeared to confirm suspicions that the outbreak is far more minor than we had been led to believe.

A bona fide deadly pandemic is the focus of The Independent's front page splash, which reports good news in the fight against Aids and HIV.

The number of cases of new HIV infections has fallen by almost a third according to an update by the UN.

The Daily Mail carries news of yet another cure for cancer - this time a chemical produced naturally in women's bodies during pregnancy which can halt the growth of breast cancer.

Several of today's rags carry the controversial claims by researchers that sitting on your backside on the sofa doing a crossword is an effective way to shed those extra pounds.

Tackling puzzles such as Sudoku can burn up to 90 calories an hour, if the findings are to be believed.

So forget the Wii Fit, ask for that bumper book of puzzles for Chrimbo - it's much cheaper and you will be able to eat more mince pies.

But today's story guaranteed to send a winter chill down the spine is the Daily Mirror's exclusive about a former GP who hid the body of her dead mother in a freezer for 29 years - not in the aid of medical research alas, but so she wasn't discovered by immigration officers.

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