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  • The dark side of cosmetic surgery in Thailand

    Friday 13th February 2015

    When British woman Joy Williams went into the SP Clinic in Bangkok last October, she must have believed she was about to undergo a straightforward cosmetic operation, at a very reasonable price, and at a modern facility which has been widely used, and often praised, by other patients from oversea...

  • The 'everyday miracle' of cataract surgery

    Sunday 8th February 2015

    The first ever cataract operation was performed in 1950 by Harold Ridley, replacing the eye's natural lens with one made out of plastic. At the time the operation was very controversial, many of Mr Ridley's contemporaries disapproved. However the surgery he pioneered has saved the sight of more t...

  • Distraction during surgery 'reduces anxiety and pain'

    Friday 30th January 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 ...

  • Da Vinci robot 'improving' prostate care on Teesside

    Sunday 18th January 2015

    A £1.5m robot being used at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough is "dramatically improving" surgery on prostate cancer patients. Up to 400 patients a year, including 100 men with prostate cancer, are benefiting from the Da Vinci robot which helps the speed of recovery as it is le...

  • Brain surgery for epilepsy sufferers

    Monday 12th January 2015

    There are 1,000 epilepsy-related deaths a year, approximately 600 of which are attributable to SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy). Most people who die are young, often in their 20s. BBC Newsnight's James Clayton has been given access to epilepsy brain surgery at the National Hospital for...

 
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