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The health benefits of a university education, the latest round of NHS cuts… and why you shouldn’t wash chicken

By Laura Passi

Our roundup of health news headlines on Monday 26 July.

Over the weekend, the Sunday Telegraph revealed in its front-page splash that 'NHS bosses have drawn up secret plans for sweeping cuts to services.'

According to their investigation, which consisted of reading ‘obscure' appendices in documents published by NHS trusts, cuts will be made to budgets for common operations such as hip and knee replacements, terminally ill patients, IVF treatment, paediatric and maternity services, acute hospital wards and there will also be closures of nursing homes for the elderly.

So far the plans appear to affect people differently depending on where they live. In Hertfordshire, PCT talks are underway to ration '50 common procedures including hip and knee', while in Yorkshire, IVF treatment will be limited to one cycle per couple.

A university education has more benefits than simply getting a good job and having a good time, it appears. The Daily Mail reports that ‘Staying on at school and then going to university can help protect against dementia'. It doesn't reduce your chance of getting diseases like Alzheimer's - but it means ‘it will not advance as quickly'.

The Independent gives us a health warning about chickens, although it's unclear about what you should do about it. A new report states that ‘People who wash whole chickens before cooking them are increasing the risk of food poisoning for themselves and their households' because germs spread on kitchen surfaces. However the Food Standards Agency recently published figures that ‘65% of raw shop-bought chicken is contaminated with campylobacter, the most common identified cause of food poisoning in the UK.'

So, what to do… quorn anyone?

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