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Independents' Day

Soak up the sun, buy your own gluten-free pasta and let failing hospitals crumble

Our round-up of the health news headlines on Tuesday 21 June.

Our round-up of the health news headlines on Tuesday 21 June.

It might not be achievable with some of the current weather sweeping the UK, but a group of MPs advises Britons to spend up to 20 minutes a day in the sun, sans lotion, to protect their bones.

The All-Party Parliamentary Osteoporosis Group warns that lack of sunlight and Vitamin D could lead to brittle bones in later life, today's Daily Mail reports.

Fractures caused by weakened bones and osteoporosis are now a 'major public health concern', the review says.

'This report is a key stage in applying pressure on the Government and NHS so that healthcare professionals and the general public have clear guidance on protecting bone health, through diet and sunlight exposure,' says James Cooper from the Osteoporosis Society.

And in what might be considered another health U-turn, the Mail also reports that leading scientists have ruled out a theory that chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME, is caused by a virus, despite previous claims.

Researchers have dismissed as 'another false claim' the idea that myalgic ancephalomyelitis is triggered by bugs found in blood.

The Mail also carries the news that NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent has stopped orders of £50 pastas, getting patients to buy them in the supermarkets for £2 instead.

The Guardian reports on its front page a warning by Britain's top psychiatrist that patients are being left fearful for their safety because of overcrowding and understaffing.

Outgoing president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor Dinesh Bhugra, says that widespread failures in mentally ill inpatient care mean many people are being discharged back into society when they are still a risk to themselves and others.

Failing hospitals could be allowed to go bust under the Government's health reforms, the Telegraph says.

The Department of Health has said 'poor quality' organisations will no longer be 'propped up with subsidies'.

The Independent reports that animal rights group Animal Aid has declared 'war' on the UK's leading health charities, including cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation, over animal testing.

Meanwhile the care home at the centre of a scandal over patients being abused is to close, the paper says.

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