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 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 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
Gene test that could save lives of heart operation patients Doctors and scientists have developed a new screening programme to identify those at risk Doctors have developed a new test to identify patients at risk of complications following heart surgery.