By Gareth Iacobucci
Our roundup of health news headlines on Tuesday 21 December
The Daily Mail's front page has dramatic figures on the number of patients in intensive care with swine flu, reporting that more than 200 people were fighting for their lives in hospital last night. The paper says the number of patients in intensive care has doubled in a week, based on an analysis by SDI healthcare.
Swine flu is also the subject of the Mail's page 4 story, which chronicles the case of a pregnant mother who is fighting for her life with the condition – after being told by her GP she had a cold 24 hours before she was taken to hospital.
And on a lighter (or should that be heavier) note, the Mail reports that chocolate could provide the key to tackling a persistent cough, with researchers carrying out the final stages of clinical trials on a drug that contains theobromine, an ingredient naturally present in cocoa and chocolate.
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