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Our roundup of health news headlines on Wednesday 10 November

By Gareth Iacobucci

Our roundup of health news headlines on Wednesday 10 November

To the Guardian first, which is one of a number of papers to chronicle the invasion of the locums. The paper reports that NHS hospitals spending on hiring locums has topped £750 million a year. It also has some fancy data where you can check out the state of play in your local area.

Elsewhere this morning, experts quoted in the Mail predict that cervical cancer should soon be a rare disease thanks to a mass vaccination programme for young girls.

The Mail also reports on the findings of a new report which suggest one in six deaths could be caused by dementia

Also in the Mail, we read that soaring numbers of women in their late 40s are having twins or triplets following a surge in IVF

In the Telegraph, we read that new NICE guidance suggests that broken hips should be operated on the same day.

The paper also reports that probiotics - increasingly marketed in a handy drink format (a bit like non-alcoholic ‘shorts') - actually do reduce the length of time people are ill with stomach upsets, according to a comprehensive review of research.

You can always rely on the Telegraph to create a questionable link between a series of disparate activities all done by ‘the young folk' to a kind of moral decay. Today, it's texting, internet, sex AND binge drinking (is that bingo?). In fairness, they backed up by some research from the US, which suggests that ‘feverish texting' (their words not ours) by teenagers may be a sign that they are more likely to have sex and binge drink.

And it's not strictly health news (more a health warning really), but the news that singer Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays' fame is to appear on tacky reality TV show I'm a Celebrity is sure to put the flying doctors on red alert. Given the copious Class A's he has consumed over the years, we imagine eating a few insects will be something of a cakewalk.

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

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