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Labour ‘rushing through” NHS IT contracts, a third of 7/7 survivors suffer post traumatic stress, and why eggs are the new ‘superfood’

By Gareth Iacobucci

Our roundup of the news headlines on Tuesday 9 March.

In The Telegraph – Labour is accused of ‘rushing' through about £11 billion in spending contracts in an attempt to stop projects from being scrapped after the election. The Conservatives have urged Sir Gus O'Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary and head of the Civil Service to block any big IT contracts being signed in the run-up to the general election.

The Telegraph also reports on research - published in the journal Psychological Medicine - which has shown that one third of people who were caught up in the 2005 7/7 bombings have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Daily Mail brings good news for back pain sufferers. Apparently, research indicates that a single injection could banish back pain for good. A trial has shown that 90 per cent of patients who were suffering with disc problems were either pain-free or the pain was so reduced that they no longer needed medication after the treatment.

The positivity couldn't last for long. 'Shame of the NHS' is the doom-laden headline on page 6 of the Mail, which documents how patients are apparently being routinely treated in kitchens, mop cupboards and corridors due to hospital over-crowding. Suddenly a polyclinic doesn't sound so bad...

On a lighter note, the Mail and the Telegraph report on research which has called for eggs to be considered a 'superfood' because they can boost health and tackle obesity.

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

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