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NHS managers' 'rich list'; Prostate drug warning; Breast-feeding 'reduces heart disease'

The daily digest of news headlines from Friday 4 December 2009.

By Steve Nowottny

The daily digest of news headlines from Friday 4 December 2009.

The ‘Public Sector Rich List', compiled by every GPs' favourite body the Taxpayers' Alliance, is covered in a number of papers today, with the Times focusing on NHS managers' salaries.

At least 350 NHS executives in hospitals and primary care trusts were paid more than £150,000 last year, with 80 paid more than Gordon Brown.

The Telegraph runs a number of clinical news stories today – most prominently, the news that new warnings are to be added to the packaging of Finasteride, the drug taken by up to 100,000 men for enlarged prostate, after five men in Britain developed breast cancer.

A report from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency found a total of 53 men worldwide who had taken the drug had developed breast cancer.

Another story covers a new study published in the British Medical Journal which has found that the risk of suffering a potentially fatal blood clot after surgery is higher than previously thought. The risk remains high for up to three months, researchers found.

And breast-feeding a baby can significantly reduce the woman's risk of developing heart disease or diabetes, according to new American research covered in the Telegraph as well as the Daily Mail.

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

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