New bowel operation that could replace colostomies

New bowel operation that could replace colostomies Damage to the lower bowel — as a result of childbirth, bowel cancer or gut conditions — leaves many patients needing a colostomy bag. Louisa Smalley, 42, from Brentwood, Essex, underwent a pioneering treatment to avoid this. THE PATIENT My problems began after the birth of my son Charles 14 years ago

As experts consider possible link to tainted surgical instruments… Is Alzheimer"s caused by a brain infection?

As experts consider possible link to tainted surgical instruments… Is Alzheimer”s caused by a brain infection Within two years, the world of Peter Dunlop has shrunk dramatically — the respected senior obstetrics and gynaecology consultant who once worked on high-risk births and performed complex operations almost every day is now a man who struggles to understand his daily post. The married father-of-two switched from the role of doctor to patient with brutal speed when told, aged just 53, he had Alzheimer’s disease

Could your painkillers give you an accidental overdose?

Could your painkillers give you an accidental overdose Taking slightly too much paracetamol day after day can be fatal, researchers at Edinburgh University recently warned, as the damage can build up gradually. Each year, the average adult swallows more than 300 painkilling pills, according to the British Medical Association