Newspaper review: Health stories dominate papers


A variety of health stories feature prominently on several of the front pages.

The Daily Telegraph highlights a study that suggests millions of people who regularly take high doses of painkillers to combat arthritis and other forms of chronic pain are significantly increasing their risk of heart attack or stroke.

The Telegraph also reports that new takeaway restaurants in Salford could be banned from selling chips before 17:00 in an attempt to reduce childhood obesity levels.

The Times has a warning from a leading scientist who claims babies will be born deaf and blind unless teenagers receive the MMR jab.

Professor Colin Blakemore, who is former chief executive of the Medical Research Council, says people are in danger of forgetting the "miraculous power of vaccines".

In what the Daily Mirror calls a world exclusive report, the paper says an unnamed 83-year-old has become the first British dementia sufferer to die at a suicide clinic in Switzerland.

Cost of war

A grainy CCTV image of the man thought to be responsible for defacing the Bomber Command war memorial in London with the word "Islam" is pictured on the front pages of the Sun and the Daily Express.

Inside, the Express suggests that the man is "of African appearance" and accuses him of "a cynical attempt to stir up hatred and cause divisions across Britain" following the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby.

As many papers continue to examine the aftermath of the killing, the Times reveals that Home Secretary Theresa May withdrew anti-terror funding from the Woolwich area because the Home Office deemed it be "at low risk of extremism".

The lead story in the Guardian claims the war in Afghanistan has cost Britain at least £37bn.

That figure is expected to rise to £40bn by 2020, it says, which is the equivalent of £2,000 per household.

The paper says the amount is enough to recruit 5,000 police officers and nurses - and pay them for the rest of their careers.

It also quotes Frank Ledwidge, who has been a civilian advisor to the British government in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan.

He says Helmand province is no more stable now than it was when British troops were deployed there in 2006.

Wrong game

Allegations of sexual abuse have been made against 81 employees at the BBC since the Jimmy Savile scandal, according to the front page of the Daily Telegraph.

Using a Freedom of Information request, the paper reveals that 152 separate complaints have been made, and 40 of the people accused still work for the corporation or contribute to programmes.

The Telegraph says the figures "reveal a significant shift" in the number of people coming forward.

The corporation tells the paper that it has launched a series of reviews into such issues.

Finally, the Daily Mail claims the reason family games of Monopoly often last for hours and result in arguments is because we have all been playing it "the wrong way".

The game's "best kept secret", it says, is the rule that a property must be auctioned off as soon as a player lands on the space but declines to purchase it.

A games blogger tells the Mail that nobody ever bothers to read the rules properly but instead learns them incorrectly through word of mouth.

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