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NHS mental health revamp; obesity genes; the perfect Christmas present for spectacle wearers

The daily digest of news headlines from Monday 7 December 2009.

By Nigel Praities

The daily digest of news headlines from Monday 7 December 2009.

The first of - no doubt - many NHS cutbacks was revealed by Alistair Darling yesterday. He told the BBC journalist Andrew Marr that the NHS IT programme would be scaled back to help public finances as it was not essential for ‘the front line'.

The Times reports the launch of the Government's ‘new vision' for mental health services today, including increased access to CBT and extra training for psychological therapists.

Couples seeking fertility treatment are being offered little protection against mistakes being made, reports The Telegraph today. A report into the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has found it was ‘reluctant' to take action against clinics putting patients at risk.

Researchers have discovered more evidence that childhood obesity could be the result of genes as well as the environment, the Telegraph reports. Scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered that a certain genetic variant could stimulate a ‘strong drive to eat' in some children.

The Daily Mail covers the release of data they claim shows the impact of Labour's relaxation of alcohol licensing laws. Cases of mouth cancer have gone up by half and liver tumours have increased by 43% in ten years, according to the newspaper.

A bizarre headline in the Daily Mail claims stress over staying thin leaves one in three women with hair loss. The report covers a survey of 3,000 women that found 37% of women had some hair loss. Trichologist Sara Allison puts this down to women trying to stay thin.

The Times gives the ideal Christmas present for the reluctant spectacle wearer this year - adjustable eye implants offering ‘super vision'... although they may be a bit pricey at £600 per lens.

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

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