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French study finds higher incidence in elderly people who have had operations

Patient almost bleeds to death at hospital with 'very serious failings'

A patient nearly bled to death in a private hospital that has been severely criticised for putting lives at risk.

The lake scene in Dirty Dancing

I've had the surgery of my life: Patients choose to watch relaxing classic films during theatre

Dirty Dancing, The Sound of Music and Cabaret are proving popular film choices in the new scheme run at Peterborough City Hospital

Bound With New Ropes by Peter Morris

Bound with New Ropes: the book written by an NHS anaesthetist while his patients slept

It is a torrid tale of unrequited love which ends with a charge of sexual harassment. But Bound With New Ropes, a 480 page-turner priced at £10, has one unusual feature – it was authored by an NHS anaesthetist while his patients were asleep.

Almost 36,000 bottles of prescription eye drops need to be sent back to their manufacturer

36,000 bottles of eye drops recalled after printer ink is found inside

Almost 36,000 bottles of prescription eye drops need to be sent back to their manufacturer, after they were found to contain printing ink.

Nurse guilty of manslaughter of baby who bled to death after botched home circumcision

A nurse has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a four-week-old baby who bled to death after a botched home circumcision.

Baby died after botched circumcision, jury told

A four-week-old boy bled to death after a botched home circumcision by a nurse, a court heard yesterday.

Why I refuse to wear wool

Little is known about the vulgar treatment of lambs - all just to keep us snug and trendy.

Museum of London head inspired 'to leave body to medical science' by dissection exhibition

Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men which opens tomorrow has had a profound effect on Sharon Ament

Doctor John Bunker: Anaesthetist who saw the dangers of private medicine

John Bunker, who in later life described himself as "a surgeon at heart" gave up surgery when he finished his military service and devoted the rest of his life to making surgery safer, first as an anaesthetist, and later as an epidemiologist and health technology critic. He was among the first to warn of the pitfalls of America's fee-for service healthcare system. In 1970 he showed that part of the reason that Britons lived longer than Americans was because they underwent less surgery, with all its hazards. He also warned against adopting new operations before their outcomes were properly understood. In the same period he investigated operation rates, mortality statistics and surgical workloads in the US and Britain, where he later worked.

New BMA chairman revealed

A consultant anaesthetist has been named as the new chairman of council at the British Medical Association (BMA).

Dechra buys rival to expand in EU

Dechra Pharmaceuticals, which makes medicines for pets and livestock, yesterday spent €135m (£112m) buying a smaller Dutch rival that makes drugs for cattle, horses, dogs, pigs, cats and chickens.

Previous research in America has suggested that redheads are more susceptible to pain

Why dental visits are hair-raising if you're a redhead

New research aims to determine whether having ginger hair makes you especially sensitive to pain

Victory in sight for revolution over female genital mutilation

Amid the horrors surrounding female genital mutilation (FGM) there is a quiet revolution, which experts hope could lead to the eradication of the practice.

Japan’s emergency services treat commuters after the gas attack which saw the army decontaminate Tokyo’s subway cars

Fugitive surrenders 17 years after Tokyo gas attack

Member of doomsday cult behind Japan's subway atrocity turns himself in at police station

Interviewed before his conviction, Dr Conrad Murray said he did not know the Michael Jackson's full medical history

Murray defends himself on TV over Jackson

The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson remained silent during his trial, but Conrad Murray defended himself in television interviews filmed only days before a jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

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