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Cameron to pledge NHS reform allegiance, money for eggs and drink (organic) milk

By Laura Passi

Our roundup of health news headlines on Monday 17 January.

David Cameron will today pledge his support for the NHS reforms and other public services according to the Guardian and he will announce that ‘141 groups of GP practices … have signed up to a pilot scheme for the Government's central NHS reform.' Apparently Dave thinks that the rapid take up of the scheme ‘shows that GPs on the ground are highly supportive of the reforms.'

The Telegraph reported a warning from the prime minister: ‘Failing to reform the NHS would "end in tears" as he defended his plans for a radical-shake up of the health service.' He was speaking to BBC Today programme ahead of the major speech he will give later today. ‘Mr Cameron denied that his reforms were being rushed in too soon.'

A review into whether ‘hundreds of pounds' should be paid to sperm and egg donors will be launched today, the Independent reports. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) will review the rules on the donation of gametes to infertile couples.

A pill containing a mixture of fatty acids and vitamin E has been created by scientists to ease the symptoms of PMT, according to the Daily Mirror. ‘Women who took the tablet, … over six months, reported milder symptoms than ever before.' Dr Edilberto Rocha Filho the lead researcher in Brazil, said yesterday: ‘The pills show promise as a treatment.'

The Daily Mail reports research that ‘Organic milk is better for you than the traditional pint.' Scientists from Newcastle University found ‘Levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids – the ‘healthy fats' credited with boosting the heart and body – were up to 60 per cent higher. It is thought that the high grass content of the animals' diet leads to more nutritious milk.' Although they also warned that more expensive brands claiming to be ‘wholesome and grazing on fresh pastures' actually appeared to ‘from very intensive farms with very low reliance on grass.'

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