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  • New ligament discovered in knee, Belgian surgeons say

    Thursday 7th November 2013

    Two knee surgeons in Belgium say they have identified a previously unfamiliar ligament in the human knee. Writing in the Journal of Anatomy, they suggest the fibrous band could play a part in one of the most common sports injuries worldwide. Despite glimpses of the ligament in medical history, th...

  • Scanners spot heart attack risk

    Friday 1st November 2013

    Researchers from the University of Edinburgh say they have discovered a way of predicting who is at greatest risk of a heart attack. They used PET-CT scanners, which are used in major teaching hospitals, to detect fatty blockages in the heart. Heart disease kills about 8,000 people every year in ...

  • First UK trial of heart failure operation

    Monday 21st October 2013

    A pioneering operation to improve the function of failing hearts while they are still beating has taken place in the UK for the first time. Patients with heart failure struggle to pump blood around the body and mild exercise can leave them breathless. Surgeons used a form of "cardiac sewing" to r...

  • When an operating theatre becomes a lab

    Friday 18th October 2013

    Scientific research takes place in a lab, doesn't it? Well, not when the developments are in surgery. Then it takes place in the clinics, wards and even the operating theatre. In this week's Scrubbing Up, Prof Dion Morton, director of research at the Royal College of Surgeons, says it is crucial ...

  • The third state of consciousness under the knife

    Tuesday 8th October 2013

    Having a general anaesthetic is a routine part of many operations. But what happens if you are still conscious after you close your eyes? You are in the operating theatre. Anaesthetic has been administered and the countdown to unconsciousness begins. For most people, the next thing they will reme...

 
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