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Daily Digest 29 September 2009

By Ian Quinn

Today's roundup of the GP and other health stories making the headlines - including the tragic death of a girl given the HPV vaccine, doubts over the health of working mums' children and sorry news for the NHS in the Euro league tables

The tragic death of a 14-year-old schoolgirl after she was given the cervical cancer vaccine, Cervarix, dominates today's health stories.

The Times is among those to feature the story on its front page, claiming schools are on alert after the death, which it says follows nearly 5,000 side-effects from the vaccine.

However, in a separate article the newspaper's health editor argues the benefits of the vaccine will prove to far outweigh the risk and save thousands of lives.

As well as the HPV tragedy, the Telegraph's front page also features a study by British researchers claiming children whose mothers work ‘are less healthy'.

The paper says the research, which claims said offspring eat fewer vegetables and fruit and spend more time stuck in front of the TV, will re-open the debate over Patricia Hewitt's policy of getting mums back to work.

With its conference underway in Brighton, Labour's current health front bench will not welcome headlines in several of today's papers, pointing out that the NHS is not even ranked in the top 10 health systems in Europe, according to new index, or, as the Daily Mirror puts it, the NHS is a Euro flop.

Both the Mirror and the Telegraph feature the story of Dr Libby Wilson, founder of the right-to-die lobby group Friends At The End a and former GP arrested by Surrey police over the circumstances surrounding the death of a multiple sclerosis sufferer.

The Guardian, meanwhile, features the story of the homeopathy couple jailed over their daughter's death - the disturbing case of a baby who died after her parents chose to use homeopathic remedies rather than conventional medicines to treat her severe skin disorder.

On a lighter note, although perhaps not for sufferers, the Telegraph carries the news that killer heels, whilst popular with men the world over, can cause the women who dare to step out in them to develop arthritis later in life.

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

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