Pied à Terre, 34 Charlotte Street, London W1

Once impressive but joyless, Pied à Terre is now so sleek, warm and pedigreed that it practically purrs. Terry Durack feels like the critic who got the cream

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Health: A Question of Health - with Dr Fred Kavalier

I read that isotonic "sports"drinks help relieve cramp, so when one of my clients said she was suffering from it at night, I suggested she drink some. She says they make her feel more energetic. She also suffers from polymyalgia rheumatica and osteoporosis. Do these drinks have adverse effects? Will they do her any harm?

Patient is given meningitis man's liver meningitis sufferer

DOCTORS TRANSPLANTED the liver of a man who had meningitis into another patient, a hospital confirmed yesterday.

Transplant patient given liver of meningitis man

A HOSPITAL confirmed yesterday that doctors had transplanted the liver of a man who had meningitis into another patient.

Health: Health Check: Drink to your liver

THE DEFINITION of a drunk used to be one who drank more than his doctor. A pickled liver was evidence of a tough constitution and as much a part of the medical make-up as a white coat and a hard heart. But ask a doctor today about drinking and the likeliest advice you receive will be to have frequent drink holidays.

Cell research offers `dazzling medical applications'

RESEARCH THAT could herald a new era in transplant medicine and at the same time fend off the ravages of old age has been voted the most significant breakthrough of 1999 by the leading American journal Science.

Axa sells former GRE's Irish life business to Royal Liver for pounds 55m

AXA SUN Life, the insurance group, will today announce it is selling the former Guardian Royal Exchange Irish life business to Royal Liver, the mutually owned insurance company, for around pounds 55m.

Debtor told to sell eyeball, kidney and parts of his liver

A DEBT collector was arrested after trying to force a Tokyo man aged 62 to sell his kidney, an eyeball and parts of his liver to settle an overdue loan.

Three benefit from single liver donation

THREE PATIENTS have received liver transplants in a "domino" procedure that French doctors have claimed is a medical first.

Health bias against alcoholics `unfair'

ALCOHOLICS DO just as well with a liver transplant as any other patients and denying them the option of a new organ amounts to unfair discrimination, new research suggests.

`Our son was dying. The risk to myself was not important'

Most parents say they would do anything for their children, but few are tested. Jill Bettelley gave up part of her liver. She talks to HESTER LACEY

Letter: Racist transplant

Sir: Reading your story "How a dead man provoked an ethical dilemma that has convulsed the NHS" (8 July) I am struck by the thought that, while someone may prefer not to give me his organs, I equally would prefer not to have the heart, liver etc of a racist inside me.

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