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  • Prostate cancer: NI may introduce robotic surgery

    Tuesday 24th October 2017

    Northern Ireland's health officials are considering offering a robotic-assisted surgery treatment for prostate cancer that is already available in England. To date, the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) has spent £1m sending more than 170 Northern Ireland patients to Cambridge to receive the t...

  • DNA surgery on embryos removes disease

    Wednesday 4th October 2017

    The research group at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou hit the headlines before when they were the first to use Crispr on human embryos. Prof Robin Lovell-Badge, from the Francis Crick Institute in London, described parts of their latest study as "ingenious". But he also questioned why they di...

  • Surgery waits up by 400% in Wales since 2013

    Wednesday 20th September 2017

    Five times as many patients in Wales are waiting more than a year for surgery compared to four years ago, the Royal College of Surgeons has said. An RCS Freedom of Information request showed more than 3,600 patients had waited more than 12 months in March, compared to almost 700 in March 2013. Ti...

  • Pancreatic cancer trial: Early surgery boosts success rates

    Wednesday 16th August 2017

    Speeding up access to surgery for pancreatic cancer patients diagnosed early enough increased success rates by a third, a pilot scheme has shown. The Birmingham team said it had saved the NHS £3,200 per patient and could help hundreds of patients UK-wide. The trial involved cutting average time ...

  • Blood test 'surgery survival predictor'

    Thursday 6th July 2017

    A routine blood test could predict whether a patient is likely to survive after surgery, a new study suggests. Researchers found patients with lower levels of the protein troponin were less likely to die after an operation. The test is normally used to diagnose a heart attack, during which the pr...

 
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