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The most glamorous health news of the day: Gisele, homeopathy and junk food allergies

By Nigel Praities

Our roundup of health news headlines on Tuesday 3 August.

Silly season has well and truly started – with cloned cow’s milk and Emma Thompson on women ‘having it all’ on the front pages.

But here at the Daily Digest we are going to concentrate on the (ahem) hard-hitting health news of the day, with Brazillian supermodel Gisele Bundchen launching a bid for breast feeding to be made compulsory for six months.

Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?‘ she asks.

‘No’, we reply gazing at the accompanying picture of the lady herself in a bikini. ‘Wouldn’t dream of it.’

Next we have claims in the Independent this morning that the Government ignored its own scientific advisers over the ‘questionable nature’ of homeopathy by continuing to allow its use on the NHS. According to the newspaper, experts – including chief scientific adviser Sir John Beddington – warned against the continued funding of homeopathy in the health service.

Also in the news is research that shows ‘junk food starts allergies‘ (have I read this story before?) and that the propensity for obesity is ‘hard-wired in the brain while we are in the womb‘ (yawn).

After that, we shall go back to the mesmerizing Gisele and her very important breastfeeding campaign. *Sigh*

Spotted a story we’ve missed? Let us know, and we’ll update the digest throughout the day…

Daily Digest – 3 August 2010