This site is intended for health professionals only

Question marks raised over indigestion drugs, life expectancy ‘in the genes’ say researchers, and how cool was Hitler?

By Gareth Iacobucci

Our roundup of health news headlines on Tuesday 11 May.

The papers are yet again dominated by the fallout from the general election this morning, as Gordon Brown's resignation as Labour leader throws a large cat amongst the pigeons. The Mail, predictably, is furious at what it calls ‘a squalid day for democracy', but thankfully manages to stop foaming at the mouth just long enough to bring us the news that millions of patients are apparently being unnecessarily treated with expensive indigestion drugs that can cause serious side-effects, according to new research.

The Telegraph reports on the outcome of a report from longevity experts, which suggests that whether you do or don't live to 100 is likely to be determined by your genes, rather than smoking, drinking or obesity.

The Mail, The Sun, and The Times all report on a story that surely would have been a front-page contender in a normal news week, given it combines twin outrage at a) the NHS and b) references to Nazi Germany.

The papers report that a financially hard-up ambulance trust has spent £10,000 on a bizarre survey asking staff how ‘cool' they think Hitler was. It transpires that a research project by West Midlands Ambulance Service entitled ‘making leadership cool' asked respondents to rate leaders such as Gordon Brown, Fabio Capello, and yes, you've guessed it….Adolf Hitler, on how cool they were.

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

Daily Digest