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  • Heart transplant surgeon: Longest living patient 'remarkable'

    Thursday 11th February 2016

    The surgeon who operated on the world's longest-surviving heart transplant patient has said surviving "in excess of 30 years" was "remarkable".  John McCafferty, 73, died on Tuesday, 33 years after his operation. Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub performed Mr McCafferty's transplant at Harefield Hospi...

  • Balloon 'last chance treatment' for heart failure

    Monday 25th January 2016

    Scientists have used a pioneering balloon technique as a "last chance" treatment to help a patient with severe heart failure. Richard Reach, 59, had the balloon device implanted to close off a leaky heart valve, after he was told he was too unwell to have open heart surgery. Doctors at King's C...

  • Blocking brain inflammation 'halts Alzheimer's disease'

    Friday 8th January 2016

    Blocking the production of new immune cells in the brain could reduce memory problems seen in Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. University of Southampton researchers said their findings added weight to evidence that inflammation in the brain is what drives the disease.A drug used to block t...

  • Amputated leg weight contest raises £1.5k for charity

    Saturday 12th December 2015

    Amputated leg weight contest raises £1.5k for charity Peter Rowswell said the surgery represents "the start of my better life" A competition to guess the weight of a man's amputated leg has raised nearly £1,500 for charity. Peter Rowswell, from Langport in Somerset, who had suffered from club...

  • US firefighter has world's most extensive face transplant

    Monday 23rd November 2015

    US surgeons say they have carried out the world's most extensive face transplant to date including the entire scalp, ears and eyelids. Plastic surgeon Dr Eduardo Rodriguez led the team that performed the 26-hour surgery to give injured volunteer firefighter Patrick Hardison, aged 41, a new face.T...

 
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