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Daily Digest 9 November 2009

Today's roundup - including a fresh warning over antibiotic prescribing, a flu 'double whammy' and why a license to practise is not a licence to speed.

By Steve Nowottny

Today's roundup - including a fresh warning over antibiotic prescribing, a flu 'double whammy' and why a license to practise is not a licence to speed.

The Daily Telegraph leads its front page this morning with a story on antibiotic prescribing, also covered in the Daily Mail.

The European Centre of Disease prevention and Control is reportedly due to write to all GPs with a fresh reminder of the dangers of routine antibiotic prescribing. Last year GPs wrote 38 million prescriptions for antibiotics at a cost of £175 million.

The Telegraph also warns that Britain is facing a ‘double whammy' of flu at Christmas, with the ECDC warning that swine flu and seasonal flu are spreading in waves.

A new multi-tasking test could help distinguish between between symptoms of depression and early Alzheimer's, the Independent reports.

The Daily Mail reports that new health warnings are to be issued over statin side-effects. Leaflets issued with package of the drugs are to be updated to include information about five ‘undesirable effects' – sleep disturbance, memory loss, sexual dysfunction, depression and a rare lung disease.

The Guardian reports that private OOH provider Take Care Now has had its contract to cover east Cambridgeshire and Fenland terminated after new safety concerns.

President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms in the US – which passed the House of Representatives over the weekend – receive widespread coverage in the papers, and from the BBC.

And finally… the Telegraph reports that a Bristol surgeon, Dr Sherif Abdel-Fattah, has been given a speeding ticket after speeding to hospital to save a pregnant woman's life. A licence to practise is not a licence to speed – you have been warned.

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