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Fraudulent NHS management consultant; blood-sugar detecting labradors and x-ray sex

By Lilian Anekwe

Our roundup of health news headlines on Wednesday 23 June.

Understandably, much of the news pages are dominated by two things: the Budget and dire state of the country's financial health, and the perilous position of the England football team, teetering on the brink of World Cup elimination. Things are starting to get a bit tense.

So to ease the tension, let's have us a gentle peruse through some of the health stories in the papers today, shall we?

The Government has slapped a two-year pay freeze on all public sector workers and…… oh, that's not going to cheer you up at all, is it? Ok, scratch that.

This is more like it: a three-year old Labrador called Shirley can smell when her owner, who has diabetes, has ow blood sugar and licks her hand to remind her to take her insulin four times a day, the Daily Mirror says.

A Japanese manufacturer of X-ray machines is promoting its products with a raunchy calendar stuffed with the hottest skeletons since, umm… well, it's not really my kind of thing so I'm struggling for a metaphor for this one. The Sun's report is strangely lost for words.

On the same theme, depending on how old you are you'd better get all your sex out the way or forget about it forever, because the Daily Mail says the passion is all over by the time we reach 45.

An NHS management consultant who advised GPs on how to make more money (I bet that got your attention!) has been jailed for fraudulently claiming thousands of pounds in benefits despite earning £325 an hour, The Guardian says. See, you were right not to trust management consultants – look at his shift eyes.

The Guardian also reports on a Nuffield Trust report, warning the Coalition Government's plans to give GPs commissioning power could leave practices at risk of bankruptcy. Sorry.

And lastly a BMJ study might have killed off a Daily Digest staple – that radiation from mobile phone masts cause cancer. Turns out they don't, The Independent says.

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

Daily Digest - 23 June 2010