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

Boy tells of a new massacre

A WOUNDED 10-year-old boy said yesterday he saw the Serbs massacring 19 civilians in the western city of Djakovica, including members of his family.

Long live the Comedown Queen

DOT ALLISON IMPROV THEATRE LONDON

Letter: Transplant tests

Sir: From Dr David Hill's perspective as an anaesthetist, his distaste for organ harvesting procedures is understandable: he wants all his anaesthetics to result in a conscious and happy patient. However his unnecessarily emotive letter of 22 February gives the erroneous impression that donor organs are stripped from patients with a chance of life. This is untrue, and can only be damaging to attempts to reduce the number of patients waiting for donor organs.

Letter: Whose organs?

Sir: Post-mortem examinations are carried out on dead bodies; organs are harvested from living ones, in spite of Professor Harris's use of the term "cadaver".

Health: It only hurts when I look

More and more Americans are staying awake during operations. Would you go under the knife with just a local anaesthetic? By Roger Dobson

Zeneca to sue US drug monitor

ZENECA, THE pharmaceutical giant, is taking the US drug watchdog to court over the approval of a rival version of one its best-selling medicines, it emerged yesterday.

Female circumcision on trial

A FRENCH court has been trying 27 Malian women this week for the "mutilation of minors" - the circumcision of infant girls, according to their ancient tribal customs. The trial represents a collision of cultures but also, more importantly, a collision of generations.

More attackers using 'date rape' drugs

UP TO four suspected serial sex attackers are being investigated for using "date-rape" drugs to intoxicate their victims before assaulting them.

Real Living: Debate - Should you follow your heart or your head when you're looking for someone to marry?

Two young people who had never met before were married in Birmingham last week after a radio station assessed their compatibility. A publicity stunt, of course, but is the underlying principle sound? Yes, says Sarah Litvinoff - being in love is a kind of madness. Not true, says Helen Carey; it's the magic ingredient and shared interests will never match up

Meningitis girl wins pounds 1.9m award

A STRING of medical negligence cases secured multi-million awards in court yesterday.

Letter: Unkind cut

Sir: So Jack Shamash circumcised his son knowing the risks and arguments against it because, as he says, "I don't really want my son to look different from me." So now we can amputate healthy tissue from our infants for aesthetic reasons. Where will this end? Is there any other part of a child that parents can remove because it doesn't conform to their sense of what looks nice?

My son at the cutting edge

There were tears and tantrums the day Jack Shamash had his baby son circumcised. They mostly came from his wife

Books: He got nowhere with the leopard but made the elephants yawn

Mesmerized: Powers of Mind in Victorian Britain by Alison Winter Chicago University Press pounds 23.95

The Life Doctor: Eleanor Bailey

LOOK INTO my eyes. You can control your life. Repeat after me: "I am feeling very relaxed. I will always buy my lovely Independent On Sunday."

Obituary: Derek Wylie

MANY YEARS after Derek Wylie had become a consultant a very junior nurse in the operating theatre said she thought he was so good he should apply for a consultant job. That pleased him. Wylie, for more than 30 years a consultant at St Thomas's Hospital, made many outstanding contributions to anaesthesia, medical education and prevention of medical negligence, but he detested pomposity.
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003