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Health Update: HRT warning

WOMEN on hormone replacement therapy may still not be getting enough oestrogen to prevent brittle bone disease, doctors from Llandough Hospital, South Glamorgan, warn in the British Medical Journal. They say that the oestrogen content of certain HRT preparations is below the dose thought most effective in preventing the disease.

Hospitals alert

Hospitals in Birmingham and parts of London have declared a 'yellow alert' over bed shortages after 'an unprecedented run of extremely high levels of emergency medical and surgical admissions'. A yellow alert allows hospitals to delay non- urgent cases.

Bart's denies threat of financial collapse

A REPORT that St Bartholomew's hospital in east London is on the brink of financial collapse was strenuously denied yesterday by its chief executive, who said it was offering the most cost-effective service in the North East Thames region.

First transplant of small bowel

The first small intestine transplant in Europe has been carried out at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. The recipient, a married man in his thirties, is now in intensive care. His condition is said to be stable.

Letter: Barts' need for a captain at the helm

Sir: Averil King (letters, 27 October) wonders if the coincidence of Professor Mike Besser's appointment as chief executive at Barts and an advertisement for the post is 'symptomatic of the state of the hospital'. Yes, but not in the way implied.

Hospital hate mail inquiry

Two former senior police officers have been asked to conduct an inquiry into a 'stream of hateful literature' said to have been displayed and distributed inside Ashworth special hospital on Merseyside, which houses many criminally insane patients.

Rave death

Tests were being done on the body of Robert Jeffrey, 17, an army private who died in hospital after a rave event in Micheldever, Hampshire, to see if he had taken the drug ecstasy.

Pope recovering

ROME (Reuter) - The Pope, looking thinner and paler, left hospital for a period of convalescence, 13 days after undergoing surgery to remove a benign intestinal tumour.

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