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Healthcare in Britain: from obesity to NHS hospitals

Media watch Is British health really as bad as it seems? Isobel Smith takes a look at today's headlines and provides an overview of what the papers are reporting about the nation's health

Hospital care, AIDS and obesity are top of the today's paper talk.

The BBC kick things off with news that being admitted to a hospital in England at the weekend is more risky than any other time, as NHS hospitals have higher death rates at weekends. The Guardian and the Independent also cover this story.

On the subject of hospitals, the Telegraph reports on the Dr Foster Hospital Guide, published today, which reveals the death rates at all NHS trusts in England for 2010-11.

With yesterday being World Aids Day there has been some significant coverage featured online. The Independent reports on how people are coping living with the virus 30 years on from the first reported diagnosis.

Meanwhile the Telegraph focuses its coverage on the stigma surrounding HIV and Aids after news that the DH is looking to address the current ban that prevents HIV-positive doctors and dentists from practising.

Elsewhere in the news, obesity has been a big talking point after an EU study found that nearly a quarter (23.9 per cent) of women in the UK were obese. Both the Guardian and the BBC cover this story.

Police are urging clubbers who attended parties in Alexandra Palace in London at the weekend to contact health authorities after two men died, suspected of taking ecstasy, reports the Independent.

Finally, the BBC reports that cells taken from people with Timothy syndrome could help to explain the origins of autism. However researchers in the UK have warned that these findings might not apply to everyone with the condition.

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