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Daily Digest 29 October 2009

Today's roundup – including how swine flu vaccination 'will not be stopped' by the postal strike and why curry is the new cure for cancer.

Today's roundup – including how swine flu vaccination 'will not be stopped' by the postal strike and why curry is the new cure for cancer.

The Sun reports that drug giant GlaxoSmithKline expects to make £1bn from sales of its swine flu vaccine in the final three months of this year.

The BBC news website reports that RCGP chair Professor Steve Field has said GPs will phone almost 14 million patients to book swine flu vaccination appointments rather than sending letters to avoid disruption by the postal strikes.

Several newspapers, including the Times, report the furore over comments made by the Government's drug tsar David Nutt, who claims – according to the Times – that LSD, ecstasy and cannabis are less dangerous than alcohol.

But don't worry, because if you do get cancer from smoking, drinking or taking drugs – all you need is a good curry, according to the Sun. The red top reports on research that the chemical curcumin, which is found in turmeric – a common curry spice – kills cancerous cells after less than 24 hours exposure.

The Independent's health editor Jeremy Laurance looks in depth at NICE's guidelines on treating depression and asks what is the best way to treat it? The Times also looks at the NICE guidelines, focusing on how GPs should screen patients with chronic illness for depression.

The Independent also reports a sharp rise in hospital admissions for obesity. The paper says that over the past five years, the number of people needing care because they were overweight jumped 360 per cent.

The Guardian is among several papers to report on groundbreaking brain surgery carried out via the nose. The procedure, known as endonasal endoscopic skull base surgery, is being pioneered at a handful of hospitals, including the Wessex Neurological Centre in Southampton.

And finally, The Telegraph follows up on Pulse's story about how red tape is preventing GPs from making eye contact with patients.

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