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More on GP commissioning plans, the dangers of the vuvuzela and the hottest shoes in Hollywood

Our roundup of health news headlines on Thursday 22 July.

By Lilian Anekwe

Our roundup of health news headlines on Thursday 22 July.

No escape from the Government's plans for GP commissioning yet. The Daily Telegraph reports that, much like a utility company, GPs will be to outsource their commissioning responsibility to a private company, possibly in India, who may or may not try to sell patients double glazing or offer broadband technical support at the same time as provide NHS services.

Soaring numbers of children are being born diagnosed with special needs, including ADHD, school phobia (think I might have had that, I went to a Convent school) and oppositional defiant disorder – the symptoms you might recognise from children not a million miles away from you: arguing with adults, refusing to comply with instruction, and being deliberately irritating. Which was called misbehaving when I was a problem child and was solved by a clip round the ear. But times change.

The Daily Mail's concern for the yoof of today is possibly not that genuine and more about bashing migrants. Did you know that one in four children born in Britain with the terrible affliction known as ‘having a migrant mother', the poor things. Apparently there's no cure for it, but ‘action is needed to cut immigration'. Riiiiiight…..

But it's not all about the kiddies – record numbers of women are being diagnosed with womb cancer too.

Scientists have cracked the secrets behind why some people are intolerant to gluten and have coeliac disease.

The monotonous and droning soundtrack to the World Cup in South Africa, the vuvuzela, could cause permanent hearing damage, according to audiology specialist. If you're stood in front of one the noise could hit 125 decibels – louder than a pneumatic drill, which will ‘really hurt you ears', The Guardian reports.

Hot on the heels of Ugg boots, Crocs, MBTs and other quite ugly shoe fads comes the Wörishofer, the shoes that can correct bunions. The wedged sandals are sold for $60 (£40) to chumps in the United States who they convince that, because successful but clearly bunion-riddled Hollywood starlets Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kirsten Dunst have a pair, they must too. I think I'll stick with my Pumas and my foot deformities, thanks.

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