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NICE cancer drug row, the dangers of sunscreen and why half of us will be sneezing our way through the summer of 2030

By Nigel Praities

Our roundup of news headlines on Friday 9 April.

The newspapers have weighed into the row over the funding of specialist cancer drugs, with the emotive story of a woman forced to sell her home to buy specialist cancer drugs not approved by NICE.

The Daily Mail gives the story the royal treatment on their front page – pushing the Duchess of Cornwall's broken leg onto page five – and brands it ‘Labour's betrayal' of patients with cancer.

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley weighs into the row by saying it was unfair for anyone to have to sell their house and that the Conservatives would ‘sweep away mindless bureaucracy' to focus the NHS back on patients.

The parents of two co-joined twin babies have spoken of their joy after a 14-hour operation successfully separated them, in The Telegraph.

Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, aged four months, are stable in intensive care after the surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

The Mirror covers research that shows hayfever is set to double in the next 20 years, ‘leaving half of us sneezing through summer'. This is because more of us will be living in cities and will be affected by pollution, reports the paper.

The Telegraph reports on research that shows ACE inhibitors could protect patients with kidney disease from having to go on and have dialysis or a transplant.

The dangers of being too liberal with the sunscreen are also in the news today. A woman who religiously applied sunscreen has now found she has put herself at risk of osteoporosis through a lack of vitamin D.

Georgia Coleridge – photographed looking like a silken skinned English rose in the Mail – said she ‘took no risks' since her 20s and slapped on the sunscreen every time she went out.

Unfortunately, she had a bone scan in her forties that showed her bones were thinner than they should be and an investigative blood test found her vitamin D levels were severely under-par.

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