Cookie policy notice

By continuing to use this site you agree to our cookies policy below:
Since 26 May 2011, the law now states that cookies on websites can ony be used with your specific consent. Cookies allow us to ensure that you enjoy the best browsing experience.

This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Swine flu horror stories, CT scan cancer risk and the woman who is constantly horny

Our daily digest of news headlines from Tuesday 15 December 2009.

By Nigel Praities

Our daily digest of news headlines from Tuesday 15 December 2009.

The Daily Mail reveals the latest horror stories on swine flu – with a report on how pandemic panic is making doctors ‘miss' serious illnesses such as pneumonia and the story of a two-year old girl who died of swine flu one day after a hospital sent her home.

The newspapers today cover calls from the British Pharmacological Society for all doctors to take a prescribing exam to reduce the number of errors that could harm patients. The body says all doctors should take the National Prescribing Assessment before qualifying after GMC research showed inadequate preparation of junior doctors contributes to almost one in 10 prescriptions containing errors that could harm patients.

A number of newspapers also have the story that the risk of cancer from CT scans is higher than previously thought, with recent research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showing scans can trigger cancer in as many as one in 80 patients.

Cancer is a bit of a theme today, with the Daily Mail reporting an implausible story on a woman who is convinced drinking bucket-loads of green tea is responsible for the regression of her cervical cancer.

The newspaper also reports on the effects of shock from a diagnosis of prostate cancer. They summarise the results of a Swedish study that showed men were up to 11 times more likely to die from cardiac problems in the week after being told they have the disease.

The Independent covers research that suggests the childhood obesity epidemic is levelling off in affluent homes but rising among those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

And finally, the Mirror reports on a bizarre story of an American woman who constantly craves sex after damaging a nerve in her pelvis in a car crash two years ago. She told the newspaper: ‘It's unbearable. Just my clothes rubbing gets me so aroused that I can hardly think straight.'

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

Daily Digest

Rate this article 

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say