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  • Anonymous donor helps fund Staffordshire boy's surgery

    Tuesday 25th March 2014

    An anonymous donor has given thousands of pounds towards a young boy's potentially life-changing operation. Ben Baddeley, nine, who has cerebral palsy, was due to have a procedure on his back in February but the NHS withdrew the funding. His mother, Amy, 29, said a man paid nearly £7,500 directl...

  • Excess skin removal has health benefits, surgeon claims

    Wednesday 19th March 2014

    Saggy skin gained following weight loss should be removed to prevent patients from becoming "demoralised" and putting weight back on, a leading plastic surgeon has claimed. Graeme Perks, President of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) said the healt...

  • Learning to live without a sense of smell

    Monday 10th March 2014

    "Smell impacts on our lives in so many ways," says Duncan Boak. "Emotions, memories, mood - they are all linked to our sense of smell." Unfortunately for Mr Boak, 31, from London, his ability to smell is just a memory after a serious head injury nearly 10 years ago. But the experience has led him...

  • Silk screws used to repair fractures

    Wednesday 5th March 2014

    Screws made from 100% silk have been used to repair broken bones in research that could transform surgery. US scientists say metal fixtures can potentially be replaced with plates and screws made from the natural fibre, which will eventually dissolve in the body. So far the technique has only bee...

  • Stethoscopes 'more contaminated' than doctors' hands

    Friday 28th February 2014

    Doctors should disinfect their stethoscopes after every examination because the instruments are heavily contaminated by bacteria, a study says. Stethoscopes were found to carry as many bacteria as the palms of doctors' hands, and only doctors' fingertips were 'dirtier'. University of Geneva resea...

 
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