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

Surgery by sound removes tumours

SCIENTISTS HAVE begun using sound to treat cancer in experiments that could avoid the need for surgery.

Sound beams can destroy cancer tissue

SCIENTISTS HAVE begun using sound to treat cancer in experiments that could avoid the need for surgery.

Woman wins pounds 4m damages from NHS

THE WIDOW of a multi-millionaire New York banker, who died after an operation at a London hospital, today won record damages of about pounds 4m at the High Court.

Travel: UK - Out of the closet

Rediscover the world of white magic at the apothecary's herb garret, housed in London's old St Thomas' Hospital

Letter: Safe anaesthetics

Sir: Sir: Any death during general anaesthesia is distressing. Stephen Goodwin reports such a death during dental treatment (14 October). Although it is extremely rare, as Goodwin reports, it does still occur, both in general dental and hospital practice. However, his statement that risk is unaffected by whether the person administering the anaesthetic is a doctor or an anaesthetist does merit further comment.

Boy of 10 dies in a coma after visit to dentist

A BOY aged 10 has died after a routine visit to a dentist to have a tooth extracted. The latest tragedy comes at a time when dentists are conducting an urgent review of the use of general anaesthetics, in the hope of cutting a toll of two or three deaths each year.

Investment: Chiroscience deserves better

INVESTORS HAVE steered clear of biotechnology companies ever since the start of the British Biotech saga. The sorry spectacle of a drug stalwart being dragged down by allegations of malpractice has hoisted a huge "sell" signal over the whole sector. Share prices have plummeted as investors rushed for the exit.

Low-power beams through a helmet mark the dawn of bloodless surgery

THE ERA of bloodless surgery is heralded today with the launch of a machine that can operate inside the head without the skull being opened.

Letter: Victims of sanctions

Sir: John Spellar, Under-Secretary for Defence (letter, 29 August) is playing with words when he states that Security Council Resolutions exempt from sanctions against Iraq "supplies intended strictly for medical purposes" and "essential for civilian needs".

Musical therapy calms patients

ANAESTHETISTS WHO play music to their patients during operations have discovered that the sound substantially reduces the amounts of sedatives and pain-killers needed.

New chairman at Chiroscience

CHIROSCIENCE, the UK's second-biggest biotechnology company, has named SmithKline Beecham executive Hugh Collum (left) as its next chairman, a move that analysts say could raise the company's profile.

Health: The waking nightmare

If you come round during an operation, you can feel everything, but you can't scream. What happened to June Blacker could happen to you. By Roger Dobson

Court win for patient wide awake during operation

A HOSPITAL patient has won a legal battle after she was left wide awake during an operation.

Emergency care below standard

HALF OF patients admitted to hospital in an emergency receive poor care, which doubles their risk of dying, an inquiry has revealed.

Half of patients given poor emergency care

HALF OF patients admitted to hospital in an emergency receive poor care which doubles their risk of dying, an inquiry has revealed.
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