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‘Dementia catastrophe’ warning, Lansley investigated for ‘sleaze’, and why a lack of sleep could kill you.

By Gareth Iacobucci

Our roundup of health news headlines on Wednesday 9 February.

The Daily Telegraph reports on charities’ warning that Britain faces a ‘dementia catastrophe’ unless Alzheimer’s is tackled with the same aggression as the fight against AIDS.

Also in The Telegraph, we read of a new study showing that Britain has the highest death rate for breast cancer in Europe, with Spain the lowest.

In other news, public health minister Anne Milton has fired a warning to health authorities urging them not to cut IVF treatment, which she acknowledged was ‘very vulnerable’ in the current cost-cutting climate.

The Independent covers the results of a survey by the Nursing Standard, which shows that six out of 10 strategic health authorities in England are cutting midwife training places for 2011-12 against the previous year.

The Mirror continues in its quest to discredit the Government, reporting that a ‘top civil servant’ (aka Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell) has been drafted in to investigate links between health secretary Andrew Lansley and private health firms.

And in news which is likely to raise a cold sweat among some team members at Pulse Towers, the Daily Mail reports that sleeping for less than six hours a night greatly increases the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.

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