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Parties urged to come clean over cuts, fizzy drinks linked to accelerated ageing – and why Holby City encourages patients to believe in miracles

By Gareth Iacobucci

Our roundup of the news headlines on Wednesday 28 April.

Cuts dominate the news agenda this morning, with The Guardian leading on the accusation from leading economic think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies that no party is telling the truth about the scale of cuts facing Britain in the next few years.

Elsewhere, there's widespread coverage of research which suggests a new cancer screening test could cut the risk of developing bowel cancer by a third and save at least 3,000 lives a year. The Times and The Telegraph are just two of the papers following the story.

In the Mail, we read that using talcum powder just once a week to keep fresh can raise the risk of womb cancer by up to 24 per cent, according to new research.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph reports on a new study which shows that acupuncture does not reduce the pain of Labour (that's childbirth, not Gordon Brown by the way).

We knew they were bad for your teeth, but do fizzy drinks also speed up the ageing process? Yes, if the Mail is to be believed, with the paper reporting warnings from scientists that ‘drinking too much pop can speed up the ageing process'.

Also in the Mail, we learn that eating chillis (in moderation presumably) can apparently help you lose weight by speeding up your metabolism and burning fat.

And finally, we hear of nurses' concerns that TV hospital dramas like Holby City encouraging patients to believe in miracles. Call us cynical, but surely the real miracle is that anyone could find the acting believable…

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