DoH to ramp up targets for diabetes pay
'Vaccine cures flu for life'
A vaccine could protect against flu for life, the Daily Mail and BBC News Online report.
The Cambridge-based company Acambis announced it had started developing a 'potentially breakthrough' influenza vaccine that could offer permanent protection and might also protect against pandemics.
Dr Douglas Fleming, director of the RCGP Birmingham research unit, said the target
for the vaccine, the matrix or M2 protein, was attractive because of its stability and the potential to protect against several
different strains of flu.
He said: 'This augurs well for such a development, but there is a long way to go before there is a marketable product.'
'Milk raises ovarian Ca risk'
Drinking a glass of milk a day can raise a woman's risk of ovarian cancer, the Daily Mail and Scotsman report.
A systematic review of 21 studies, published in the International Journal of Cancer, found whole milk was associated with an overall increase in the risk of ovarian cancer. The research found milk sugar lactose seemed to increase risk by up to 13 per cent.
Professor Tim Key, deputy director of the
Cancer Research UK epidemiology unit in Oxford, said: 'The authors found there was
weak evidence of an increase in risk with high milk intake in the few studies with a prospective design. But the results of different studies
varied substantially and no firm conclusions
can be drawn.'
'Drink preserves faculties'
Moderate drinking could help to preserve thinking power, The Guardian reports.
A study of 7,000 people by the Australian National University
in Canberra found moderate drinkers had better verbal skills, memory and speed of thinking than teetotallers or heavy
Dr Clare Gerada, director of the
RCGP substance misuse unit and a GP in south London, said: 'Drinking in moderation can be good for you as it lubricates the mind.
Doctors don't always bring bad
news drinking in moderation can be good for the heart, good for the soul and good for the brain.'
'Pill could cure child obesity'
Obese children as young as 12 could take pills to help them lose weight, report the Daily Express and BBC News Online.
Pharmaceutical company Roche has claimed its product orlistat is effective in under-18s, following research published in JAMA in June finding it could improve weight management in obese adolescents.
Dr David Haslam, chair of the National Obesity Forum, said: 'The use of diet pills in children is going to be done in very extreme circumstances. I don't think this is going to make a huge difference to life as we know it in primary care.'