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24/07/2014
The Guardian
By: Presswatch
Glaxo boss insists he has zero tolerance of bribery as profits fall

GSK's chief executive, Andrew Witty, said yesterday that his firm had a "zero tolerance" attitude to the corrupt sales practices alleged to have taken place in China, as he announced a 14% fall in second-quarter profits to £1.3bn, which was below market expectation. GSK's shares fell nearly 5%.
 
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24/07/2014
The Guardian
By: Presswatch
Paracetamol does not ease back pain - study

Paracetamol does not help to relieve lower back pain, according to an Australian study published in The Lancet. Adults in Sydney with acute lower back pain and an average age of 45 were given paracetamol three times a day for four weeks, but took an extra day to recover than the people given the placebo.
 
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24/07/2014
Daily Mail
By: Presswatch
Could stem cell jab spell the end of joint replacements?

Forty men and women are being given a jab of stem cells and 'biological glue' that could replace missing cartilage as part of a treatment being trialled at Southampton General Hospital that could reduce the need for knee and hip operations.
 
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24/07/2014
Daily Mail
By: Presswatch
Gout hospital admissions soar by 20% in four years

Poor diets and too much alcohol may be fuelling a rise in gout, historically known as the 'disease of kings' because of its association with rich food. Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show the number of hospital admissions for gout rose by 4 per cent in England last year, from 5,560 to 5,800.
 
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24/07/2014
The Guardian
By: Presswatch
Poultry industry's dirty secret

The front page of The Guardian reports that Tesco, Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer have all announced the commencement of emergency investigations into their chicken supplies after a Guardian investigation into hygiene failings in the poultry industry that have led to the spread of campylobacter. Specific incidents identified in the last month include a factory floor flooded with internal organs and carcasses coming into contact with workers' boots only to be returned to the production line.
 
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24/07/2014
Daily Express
By: Presswatch
Being short or tall can make men feel blue

Scientists have discovered that height matters for men when it comes to the risk of their suffering depression. Both shorter and taller men in the US military are more at risk of suffering depression than comrades of average height.
 
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24/07/2014
By: Presswatch
NHS and Health Sector News
The Guardian reports that Andrew Miller, chair of the House of Commons' Science and Technology committee, has issued a report that concludes health officials are not taking the ongoing risks of variant CJD infection seriously, with recent policies based more on "economic prudence" and "a hope that the storm has now passed".

The FT reports that the number of NHS trusts referred to the health secretary Jeremy Hunt over financial irregularities has increased by almost three times over the past year, according to a report by the Audit Commission.

The Times reports that trainee nurse Alcinda Tobbal, 45, who developed severe obsessive compulsive disorder after she was accidentally pricked with a dirty needle whilst on duty at Whipps Cross University Hospital, has won £75,000 in damages.

The Daily Telegraph reports that an NHS doctor who lost his job after he was caught driving to work while nearly four times over the drink limit is to receive about £70,000 in compensation for unfair dismissal.

The Daily Telegraph reports that NHS chiefs are spending nearly £300,000 to advertise the closure of two A&E departments, which includes £55,000 to hire Charles Saatchi's PR firm.

The Sun reports that there has been a reported boom in vacancies for occupational therapists recruiters have said. Pressure on NHS bosses to cut costs and provide care and therapy for patients in their own homes means that one agency currently has 250 OT vacacies here and a further 100 posts in Australia.

Daily Express reports that NICE has told doctors they must take parents' fears about children's illnesses seriously in an effort to slash the numbers dying or left disabled by serious infections.
 
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