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Banning transfat would save thousands of lives, hospital bans iced water to save £40k and CQC tells care home to quit calling patients 'love'

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines

Banning transfats from processed foods across Britain could save over 7,000 lives over the next five years, researchers have said.

The report, covered by the Telegraph, said ingestion of transfats such as contained in hydrogenated vegetebable oil cause thousands to die from cardiovascular disease.

Researchers also argued banning trans fatty acids from fast food could relieve health inequalities in the UK.

A hospital has decided to deny patients ice in their water in a bid to save £40,000 a year, the Daily Mail reports.

The paper said managers at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge took ‘horrifying’ decision to tackle a ‘£1.2m a week’ deficit.

Lastly, a care home criticised by the CQC for using potentially ‘demeaning and patronising’ language to address patients has vowed to continue to use words like ‘darling’, ‘love’ and ‘handsome’.

Stephanie Kirkman Meikle, chief executive of the Harrogate Skills 4 Living centre which cares for around a dozen adults with learning disabilities, said staff would be allowed to continue using the ‘terms of endearment’.

She told the Guardian: ‘We’re confident the terms we use are used appropriately, affectionately and go down well [with the people] we use them with.’

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