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Exercise 'as effective as drugs', NHS IT fails in Glasgow and should the term 'family doctor' be banned?

A round-up of the health news headlines on Wednesday 2 October.

Exercise could be as effective as drug therapy to reduce mortality in heart patients, the Independent reports.

Researchers compared swathes of people taking exercise with people on drug treatments and found ‘no statistical difference’. They have now called for more research into the benefits of exercise - especially as only 14% of UK adults take regular exercise.

Glaswegians were turned away from planned operations and outpatient appointments at up to 10 hospitals yesterday, after Scotland’s biggest health board experienced an IT failure, according to the BBC.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said it was working to fix the ‘major IT problem’ and apologised to patients.

It said it could ensure chemotherapy patients still had their treatments.

And finally, the Express reports that NHS bosses have banned the use of the term ‘family doctor’ in leaflets and brochures - alongside other words such as ‘elderly’.

Staff in Scotland have been told to use ‘GP’ and ‘older people’ instead, in guidance which the NHS said was to ensure publications ‘do not discriminate against any section of society’ - but which UKIP leader Nigel Farage attacked as ‘absurd’.

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