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Healthiest places to live, lung cancer kills women and a cup of coffee to ward off diabetes

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines on Friday 25 April.

The Guardian reports today that central London, north Norfolk, parts of Suffolk and Brighton and Hove are the healthiest places to live in England and Wales, according to 25 years of data matching environmental hazards and diseases to geographical location.

The health atlas allows anybody to enter their postcode and look at the risks and health outcomes in their neighbourhood.

The data has been collected at ward level - neighbourhoods of around 6,000 people. Among them, 33 have a consistent pattern of lower than average risks to health, while eight have higher risks: Porthcawl East Central and Newton, both in Bridgend, Bucklow and Flixton, both in Trafford, Tranmere in Wirral, Church Village in Rhondda Cynon Taff, City and Holbeck in Leeds, and Princess in Knowsley.

Meanwhile the Daily Mail warns that lung cancer will soon become the biggest cancer killer among women - overtaking breast cancer - because of the number who took up smoking 50 years ago.

Death rates for women with lung cancer will rise 8% by 2014 in the 27 EU states, according to a new report. Lung cancer for women - and pancreatic cancer for both men and women - have been revealed as an increasingly deadly threat by researchers from the University of Milan.

And the Telegraph reports that drinking more coffee may cut the risk of diabetes.

Drinking more than three cups of a coffee a day may cut type-2 diabetes risk by a third, a study has suggested, with those who drink more over time also reducing their risk.

The study conducted by a team at Harvard School of Public Health also found people who drank three or more cups of coffee a day and did not change their drinking habits had a 37% lower risk of diabetes than those who always drank less than one cup per day.

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