"Rapid response" operation that cuts risk of new strokes by a third

'Rapid response' operation carried out within 24 hours of suffering a mini-stroke cuts risk of another episode by a thirdSurgery offered to patients within 24 hours of a 'mini-stroke'Carotid endarterectomy operation cuts risk of new stroke by a third By Martyn Halle PUBLISHED: 21:57 GMT, 2 March 2013 | UPDATED: 22:57 GMT, 2 March 2013 Rapid response: How the operation is carried out Patients who have suffered a mini-stroke are now being offered ‘rapid-response’ surgery to prevent the condition worsening and leading to a full stroke.

The kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even lead to PARALYSIS

The kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even lead to PARALYSISThere are 10million bacteria per square inch of a kitchen sponge and 1m per square inch on a dish clothBacteria found on them can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can lead to loss of movement <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 14:32 GMT, 20 November 2012 </p> <p>It may come as a surprise to the houseproud and 'clean freaks' among us but the kitchen sponge is one of the dirtiest places in the home – 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat.

Fishing for blood clots: The net that dramatically reduces stroke deaths

Fishing for blood clots: Tiny metal net dramatically reduces stroke deaths Tiny wire net expands inside blood vessel 'catching' the clotResearchers say it can effectively reverse a stroke while it is happening | UPDATED: 15:56 GMT, 27 August 2012 Doctors could soon be using small nets to retrieve blood clots from the brains of stroke patients, according to researchers.

NHS refuses to fund treatment for a brain tumour that is making Angela Steel go deaf

A brain tumour is making me go deaf – so why does the NHS refuse to 'zap' it One woman's battle for pioneering treatment | UPDATED: 21:11 GMT, 14 July 2012 Anger: Angela Steel faces surgery after she was refused radiotherapy The surgeon was adamant – the MRI scan showed a tumour on Angela Steel’s brain and it had to be dealt with.

Doctor twins: One treats patients with traditional medicine, the other opts for the holistic approach

Which doctor would you choose These twins treat patients with chronic conditions – but one sticks to traditional medicine, the other opts for the holistic approach By Patrick Strudwick PUBLISHED: 21:02 GMT, 7 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:02 GMT, 7 July 2012 Last summer, Julie Mathias collapsed suddenly, paralysed down the right side of her body.

Paralysed patients may get revolutionary treatment after rats with severed spinal cords taught to sprint again after just TWO WEEKS

New hope for the paralysed: Breakthrough sees rats with broken backs able to run in just two weeks | UPDATED: 11:18 GMT, 1 June 2012 Paralysed patients have been given fresh hope after scientists enabled rats with severed spines to run again.

Britain"s bionic man: Robot suit allows Olympic torch bearer, 22, to walk again

Britain's bionic man: Robot suit allows Olympic torch bearer, 22, to walk again five years after seafront car smash Exoskeleton is strapped over user’s clothes and uses battery powered motors to lift people from sitting and move their legs | UPDATED: 12:52 GMT, 19 April 2012 A British student who was paralysed in a horror car smash is walking again five years later thanks to a revolutionary bionic suit.

Cataplexy: Rare disorder means mother collapses every time she expresses strong emotion

The mother who cannot laugh or love: Rare disorder means she collapses every time she expresses strong emotion During an attack Kelly can see and hear but her body is temporarily paralysed Attacks can last anything from a few seconds to an hour | UPDATED: 11:18 GMT, 18 April 2012 A woman with a rare condition that means she collapses every time she laughs fears she may have passed the rare illness onto her young son.