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Surgery death rate twice as high as previously thought

Twice as many people die after surgery in NHS hospitals as previously thought according to a new report that finds serious shortcomings in the way many patients are treated.The overall chance of dying within two months of surgery is one in 28 (3.6 per cent), found the study published in The Lancet. Dr Rupert Pearse, […]

Daily aspirin dose for everyone over 45 helps hearts and cancer survival

Everyone aged over 45 should consider a small daily dose of aspirin to help protect themselves against heart disease and cancer, a panel of experts have suggested.Evidence is building that the benefits of taking aspirin for many healthy middle aged and older people “far outweigh” the side effects, according to the academics. In particular, individuals […]

MMR vaccine row Dr Andrew Wakefield defends investigation

The doctor who first suggested a link between MMR vaccinations and autism will appeal being struck off the medical register. The General Medical Council found Dr Andrew Wakefield guilty of serious professional misconduct over the way he carried out his controversial research.It follows a GMC ruling earlier this year that he had acted unethically. Dr […]