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Female sexual dysfunction 'myth', science brain drain and some BMA white paper thingy

Our roundup of health news headlines on Friday 1 October.

By Nigel Praities

Our roundup of health news headlines on Friday 1 October.

The biggest news this morning is not –surprisingly – a stinging attack on the Government's reforms of the NHS from doctors, but the 'invention' of female sexual dysfunction by the pharmaceutical industry.

The claim comes from a preview of a book published in the British Medical Journal by an Australian researcher. The book says drug firms ran surveys aimed at portraying the problem as widespread and helped ‘create' diagnostic tools to help convince women they had a problem.

The newspapers also carry warnings from the National Screening Committee that private screening tests are a waste of money (wait – didn't Pulse report on this ages ago?) because many of the tests are available on the NHS.

The Guardian leads with a warning of a science 'brain drain' in the UK, with academics taking jobs abroad as major research cuts loom.

The top line is not quite supported by the rest of the article (they can only find two leading researchers that are ‘poised' to quit the UK) but all credit to them for an important front page story (take note Daily Mail with your ‘BBC stars condemn militant strikers').

And lastly, a couple of the papers cover some pesky BMA consultation response to something called the health white paper, but none of you want to hear about that, do you?

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

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