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NHS cuts threaten routine operations; MS drug trial ‘a fiasco’ and finally some good news for Gordon Brown

By Nigel Praities

Our roundup of health news headlines on Friday 4 June.

Daily Mail is frothing at the mouth at cuts to routine operations on the NHS this morning. The newspaper warns that procedures for hernias, cataracts and carpal tunnel syndrome are among those for the chop (or not, so to speak).

Seems ironic when the newspaper has been at the forefront of calls for public sector cuts, but who are we to split hairs.

The Independent is also getting worked up about a Department of Health trial scheme testing four drugs for multiple sclerosis that was set up in 2002.

It says the scheme was ‘a fiasco' and was just to counter opposition from the pharmaceutical industry and patient groups following negative appraisals from NICE on the drugs.

Finally, there is some good news this morning. US researchers have developed a pill that will help erase bad memories. Mice treated with brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, forgot their fear of electric shocks they say.

The story says it could help people forget bad experiences - such as Gordon Brown and his 'bigot' comments – or that morning at Daily Digest when the papers arrived late.

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

Daily Digest - 04 June 2010