Suits you, sir: The ultra-realistic prosthetics helping rebuild patients' lives after illness or accidents Experts at the Royal Truro Hospital make 9,000 fake body parts a yearRecipients include facial trauma victims injured after fires, cancers and throat operationsDoctors sculpt each feature in wax and mould into latex noses, teeth or earsThen make sure each one is a perfect match for the patient's skin tone By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 13:16 GMT, 31 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:34 GMT, 31 January 2013 These bizarrre images of eyes, ears and noses look like a film make-up department – but are a behind-the-scenes peek at a hospital prosthetic unit.
Patients with liver disease are up to 42% more likely to die' if admitted to hospital at the weekend Patients with liver disease or heart disease most at risk Aortic aneurism and stroke victims also did badly Statistics blamed on fewer staff on duty and fewer scans carried out at weekends | UPDATED: 18:40 GMT, 16 October 2012 Critically-ill patients are up to 42 per cent more likely to die in hospital if they are admitted at weekends, it has emerged.
Hospital patients 'up to 42% more likely to die' if admitted at weekends Patients with liver disease or heart disease most at risk Aortic aneurism and stroke victims also did badly Statistics blamed on fewer staff on duty and fewer scans carried out at weekends | UPDATED: 16:03 GMT, 16 October 2012 Critically-ill patients are up to 42 per cent more likely to die in hospital if they are admitted at weekends, it has emerged.
Hair straightener accidents now account for one in 10 young burns victims – with children as young as 18months left needing plastic surgery The beauty product can reach 220C, which is hot enough to fry an eggChildren's skin is up to 15 times thinner than adults so far more vulnerable to burnsStraighteners takes 40 minutes to cool down By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 11:31 GMT, 16 October 2012 | UPDATED: 12:34 GMT, 16 October 2012 Hair straighteners are causing 'horrific injuries' to hundreds of young children across the UK, a safety charity has warned.
Don't ration operations for the elderly so they can be given to younger patients, surgeons warn | UPDATED: 07:48 GMT, 15 October 2012 Older patients must not be denied NHS operations on the grounds of their age, a report by surgeons says.
Medical miracle Father 'wakes up' from seven-year coma after he is given a sleeping pill Ayanda Nqinana, from Johannseburg, was left with severe brain injuries after his car crashed in 2005His doctors said he would most likely never recoverFive days after they started giving him Stilnox, Mr Nqinana showed signs of consciousness | UPDATED: 14:36 GMT, 11 September 2012 A South African man who had been in a coma for seven years was 'woken up' after being given a sleeping pill.
The brain injection that could help save lives of soldiers in battle and other victims of serious head injury Nanoparticles help stabilise bloodflow in the brain | UPDATED: 14:40 GMT, 24 August 2012 Victims of serious brain trauma could be saved by an injection of nanoparticles in the moments after injury, researchers have found.
Men with short ring fingers may have a better chance of surviving prostate cancer Men with ring fingers that are shorter than their index fingers are thought to have lower levels of testosterone | UPDATED: 14:34 GMT, 15 August 2012 Men with short ring fingers may have a better chance of recovering from prostate cancer, say scientists.
Eye surgeons unite to condemn rationing of cataract operations by half of NHS trusts | UPDATED: 23:01 GMT, 12 August 2012 Eye surgeons are warning that the rationing of cataract operations by more than half of NHS trusts is putting thousands of patients at risk.
Dog bite hospital admissions on the rise – especially among children Three-quarters of children admitted to hospital for dog attack injuries needed surgery | UPDATED: 09:32 GMT, 10 August 2012 Hospital admissions for injuries caused by dogs rose by 5.2 per cent in England last year, with young children suffering the most wounds.