I have prostate cancer. But I am happy | George Monbiot

The three principles that define a good life will protect me from despair, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot It came, as these things often do, like a gunshot on a quiet street: shocking and disorienting. In early December, my urine turned brown. The following day I felt feverish and determined it hard to pee. I…

Swallowable gastric balloon could help the obese lose weight without surgery

Although not a replacing for bariatric surgery, temporary balloon could be used as early intervention or for those who do not want, or cannot have, surgery A balloon that can be swallowed and then filled with water while in the stomach can help obese people to lose large amounts of weight without invasive surgery, a…

Cutting-edge theatre: world’s first virtual reality operation runs live

Dr Shafi Ahmed will carry out surgery live-streamed in virtual reality, a move experts hope will build healthcare more equitable and help medical training This Thursday afternoon, Shafi Ahmed will lean over a patient and begin a delicate operation to remove cancerous tissue from a male patients bowel. He has performed such procedures many times…

Hundreds of operations cancelled despite doctors’ ten-strike being called off

600 planned operations cancelled along with 3,500 outpatient appointments, according to survey of NHS trusts Thousands of operations and appointments have been cancelled in England despite a last-minute bargain to avert a strike by junior doctors furious over endeavors by the government to unilaterally change their contracts and working conditions. About 600 operations and procedures…