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Breast milk is better, masectomies avoided and Clegg’s fury-inciting boob

By Amy Fallon

Our round-up of the health headlines on Tuesday 10 May.

Breast is best, The Daily Mail suggests today. The tabloid reports on Oxford University research that has found that just four months of breastfeeding can cut the risk of children becoming badly behaved by almost a third. The study found that 16% of children brought up on formula milk had problems including anxiety, lying, stealing and hyperactivity – more than twice the proportion breastfed for at least four months.

Still on the topic of breasts, The Telegraph reports that breast cancer sufferers could be spared masectomies by taking oestrogen-lowering drugs, according to US research (print edition only).

A dreaded hot flushes that come with menopause could go on for a decade – three times as long as previously thought, the Mail warns on its page three. Research by the University of Pennsylvania has found that on average hot flushes or night sweats go on for 10.2 years – not two or three, as most expect. Almost nine out of ten women are likely to endure flushes at some point in their lives, the tabloid reported.

The health reforms also feature heavily in today’s news. ‘Tory fury over ‘double-dealing’ Cleggs move to kill NHS reform‘ the Mail says. Meanwhile, The Independent reports that Andrew Lansley is resisting a key Downing Street demand to give hospital doctors a greater say in the care that is commissioned for NHS patients.

Tories are urging the prime minister not to let Clegg dictate policy and stand firm on thereforms, or risk fury from backbenchers tired of giving in to Lib Dems, The Telegraph says.

It also reports that NHS bosses have seen their pay jump to almost £160,000, ignoring calls to curb it. According to researchers Incomes Data Services, the coalition’s reforms could drive up bosses pay even further, by handing executives more control over salaries. The Treasury will only support GP-led consortiums if the new bodies have passed rigorous clinical and financial tests, the Guardian reports.

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