After our mother died in May 1999, my brother had trouble sleeping. His GP prescribed the benzodiazepine temazepam. My brother had a history of depression, was not a strong person and had all the potential for developing dependency. The prescription...
Tracking down the exact prevalence of medical errors is a difficult task as many incidents go unreported. However, what estimates are available describe a disturbing picture. Up to 98,000 patients in the US die each year as a result of a medical...
Surgeons use a lot of implements and instruments when performing surgery - some of which, all too frequently, stay in the patient afterwards.
HOSPITALS: Are we sure they're places where people go to get better?
It’s axiomatic that blood is a good thing, and that not having enough of it is a bad thing. This is true as far as it goes, but there’s mounting evidence that the picture is not that simple.
HYSTERECTOMIES: Is this really the only 'cure' for heavy periods?
TRANSPLANTS: What happens afterwards
That old Chinese proverb 'Be careful what you wish for as you might just get it' comes to mind when we hear the calls from multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers in the UK for free access to the drug interferon beta-1b.
It all began with a fever. So begins The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion’s extraordinary account of the events of 2003 and 2004, and memoir of her marriage to writer John Gregory Dunne.
People with AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) should beware of biopsies, according to doctors in the USA.