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  • Preventive surgery for cancer genes

    Tuesday 24th March 2015

    While most women in the UK have a one in 54 chance of developing ovarian cancer in their lifetime, for those who inherit faulty genes, like Angelina Jolie, the risk increases to one in two. If women know they have BRCA gene mutations, they can choose to take action before cancer develops. But wei...

  • Bristol study into blood transfusions after heart surgery

    Wednesday 18th March 2015

    A study by the Bristol Heart Institute suggests giving surgery patients a blood transfusion before their haemoglobin levels fall could be beneficial. BBC Points West health correspondent Matthew Hill spoke to Bob Harvey who had the treatment after becoming anaemic after a heart bypass operation t...

  • Lisa Orsi's organs donated after death following volcano trek

    Monday 9th March 2015

    A young Northern Ireland woman who died after collapsing after a volcano trek in Indonesia has donated nine organs. Lisa Orsi, from Londonderry, had been on life support since she suffered extreme altitude sickness last month. The 22-year-old, who had been working as a physiotherapist in Singapor...

  • Children's heart surgery: parents' reactions

    Tuesday 3rd March 2015

    It has been formally decided that children's heart surgery in Northern Ireland will end. The health minister, Jim Wells, had already signalled his support for the proposal last October. It will see operations move to Dublin. Here, parents of children with heart conditions give their reaction to t...

  • Distraction during surgery 'reduces anxiety and pain'

    Friday 20th February 2015

    Using a stress ball or watching a DVD during surgery can reduce a patient's anxiety levels, suggests a study from the University of Surrey. Patients said their pain levels were also reduced by chatting to nurses while under local anaesthetic. Nearly 400 patients were distracted in different ways ...

 
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