It is a widespread belief that statins are a likely cause of muscle aches. Now a “monumental” study by researchers at Oxford University has “definitively” debunked the theory that the cholesterol-busting pills are to blame for common pains. 

While aches are experienced by many taking the drugs, the vast majority are caused by other things – most commonly that those taking them are simply getting older. 

GPs are advised to offer patients greater reassurance, paving the way for millions more people to be prescribed the pills that greatly reduce the risk of heart attacks

It follows decades of debate about the merits of statins, which are taken by more than eight million people in the UK.

Health editor Laura Donnelly reports how charities said the findings, unveiled at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Barcelona, were the “gold standard” of evidence and should reassure millions of people.

Meanwhile, 1.5m patients have lost their GP in the past eight years after the closure of almost 500 practices, research suggests. 

Recruitment issues were a factor in the shutting down of about two-fifths of surgeries, while workloads and inadequate premises were also cited as triggers. 

Lizzie Roberts reports on an investigation, which is the first to show where a surgery has closed and not been replaced in a certain postcode.

Meghan compares her wedding to freeing of Mandela

The Duchess of Sussex has invited the public into her California home for an unprecedented insight into her personal life. 

Telling of her relief at being “able to tell [my] own story”, the 6,500-word US magazine article includes an anecdote comparing her and Prince Harry’s wedding to the freeing of Nelson Mandela

Meghan welcomed a US magazine to write about the couple’s new lives and their plans – including a return to Instagram and a Netflix documentary telling their “love story”. 

The Duchess also made a series of claims about the Royal family, claiming that the Duke could “lose” his father just as she has lost hers. 

Hannah Furness, our royal editor, covers every detail of the interview.

Sarah Beeny: I have the cancer that killed my mother

TV presenter Sarah Beeny is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, the same disease that killed her mother. 

In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph today, she says that for 40 years since her mother died when she was 10, she knew she would one day hear the words “you’ve got cancer”. 

She began a course of chemotherapy last Friday and will have surgery and radiotherapy in the new year. 

The mother of four tells Anita Singh about her diagnosis and a “tinderbox” of emotions.

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Criminal checks | Albanian migrants crossing the Channel face criminal record checks by police from their own nation stationed at Dover, it has emerged. Home Office officials are due to meet Albanian police chiefs today to agree plans for officers from the Balkan state to check fingerprints and biometric data. As home affairs editor Charles Hymas reports, Government sources said it would enable Border Force to fast-track the return to Albania of anyone not “conducive to the public good”.

Around the world: Ukraine ‘breaks through’ defences

Ukrainian troops mounting a counter-offensive have broken through Russian defences in several sectors of the front line near the city of Kherson, a senior adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky said overnight. 

Oleksiy Arestovych said Ukrainian forces were shelling the ferries that Moscow is using to supply a pocket of Russian-occupied territory on the west bank of the Dnipro river. 

The long-awaited counter-offensive marked a significant step forward in Kyiv’s campaign to retake key Russian-held territory. Follow the latest in our live blog.

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