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Independents' Day

Report into Savile's crimes released, call for banning of energy drinks and full body transplants 'are possible'

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

Leading the BBC news today, and featured in all the main nationals, is the publication of the independent report into Jimmy Savile’s crimes at the Stoke Mandeville hospital.

It found Savile had abused 63 people from the hospital, but the one formal complaint was ignored.

It found Savile’s reputation as a ‘sex pest’ was an ‘open secret’ among some staff - but allegations probably did not reach managers.

The BBC reports that there are calls for energy drinks to be banned for children under 16.

A team from the campaign and research group Action on Sugar surveyed the nutritional labels of 197 drinks found in supermarkets and online, finding that one had up to 10 teaspoons of sugar per 250ml, twice as much as others surveyed.

It is thought teenagers get 30% of their sugar from soft drinks.

The Guardian today reports that has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body and claims the procedures needed to carry out the operation are not far off.

Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy - and not a figment of Mary Shelley’s imagination - told New Scientist magazine that he wanted to use body transplants to prolong the lives of people affected by terminal diseases.

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  • Kate Lampard Chair of the Saville Report has just revealed on BBC Live 12am why there needs to be another independant investigation carried out by persons approved by those who were abused by Saville. People with no connection to the establishment. She claims that the culture has changed so much it could not happen what if the culture was different then - that;s not the point - he and others could abuse and get away with it - it was wrong then and is now - it was wrong then and is has and will happen again despite her naive claim that it could not..When people in her position can get away with claiming that no senior managers can be blamed as they 'probably' weren't aware of the abuse!!! ..Pull the other one Kate - an ex barrister stating such rubbish?? The doctors involved in abuse recently have all been named - yet the managers from all the NHS institutions he abused in are somehow excused as being ignorant of it and will to get away with it. What message does that give? The survivors/victims of historic child abuse in care homes crucially with the help of journalists,would not allow her and her team to fob them off in such a disgraceful way.

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