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Scale of NHS deficits to be revealed

The scale of the growing financial problems in the NHS in England will become clearer later, when the latest accounts are published.

The BBC reports regulators are expected to reveal a large deficit has already emerged among NHS trusts in the first three months of the 2015-16 financial year.

The figures will cover hospital, mental health, ambulance and some community services.

They account for about two-thirds of the NHS's 116bn budget.

Read more on the BBC News website

First-borns likely to be short-sighted because parents make them study harder

First-born children are more likely to be short sighted because their parents force them to study more, research has suggested.

According to the Telegraph order of birth has long been seen as crucial to personality, with the oldest child often growing

Scale of NHS deficits to be revealed

The scale of the growing financial problems in the NHS in England will become clearer later, when the latest accounts are published.

The BBC reports regulators are expected to reveal a large deficit has already emerged among NHS trusts in the first three months of the 2015-16 financial year.

The figures will cover hospital, mental health, ambulance and some community services.

They account for about two-thirds of the NHS's £116bn budget.

Read more on the BBC News website

First-borns likely to be short-sighted because parents make them study harder

First-born children are more likely to be short sighted because their parents force them to study more, research has suggested.

According to the Telegraph order of birth has long been seen as crucial to personality, with the oldest child often growing up to be more conservative, academic and law-abiding than their more reckless young siblings.

But a new study by Cardiff University suggests that the weight of parental expectation on first-borns is also having a grave impact on eye health. Older children are 10 per cent more likely to be short sighted, and 20 per cent more likely to be severely short-sighted than younger brothers and sisters.

Scientists suggest that over-anxious parents who keep their children indoors, hunched over text books are to blame for the problems.

Read more on the Telegraph website

Huge breakthrough for MS patients

A breakthrough drug for multiple sclerosis dramatically slows the progression of the disease, scientists announced tonight.

The Mail Online reports the medication is the first ever treatment for people with a certain form of the MS – and for another 85,000 MS patients offers a far more effective alternative to existing drugs.

The drug, which was tested in hospitals across the UK in a huge clinical trial, offers hope for more than 2.3 million people worldwide with MS.

Described as a ‘game changer’ by scientists, ocrelizumab is the first ever drug to be shown to effectively treat the 10 per cent of MS patients with a form called primary progressive MS.

Read more on the Mail Online

'Food is medicine': the hospital with a mission to serve patients healthy, fresh local produce

Following his TV series Operation Hospital Food, top chef James Martin said it would be a lifetime’s work to help patients across the country get good quality, more sustainable food. For William McCartney, catering manager at Sussex partnership NHS foundation trust, it’s almost proving a lifetime’s work to do this just where he works.

As NHS England announces it wants to cut corporate junk food at hospitals, McCartney is proud that there are no Burger Kings on site at the 16 hospitals he works with. Neither do they reheat frozen packaged factory meals, as is often the case with hospitals tied into long-term contracts with outside caterers.

The Guardian reports almost all of the 2,500 meals served daily are made at a small kitchen on-site at Amberstone hospital in Hailsham.

Read more on the Guardian website

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