Sunday 18 February 2018

In Brief: Glove left in patient

A hospital trust in England has apologised after a surgical glove was left inside a patient following an operation. Sharon Birks underwent a hysterectomy at the Royal Derby Hospital last month. She felt unwell after the operation. It was three days later that the 42-year-old, from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, discovered the error.

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has apologised to Mrs Birks and said an investigation has been launched into the incident.


A bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in north west Australia and took it on a cross-country journey.

Rangers released footage that reveals the sea eagle's flapping wings as it grabs the device and soars across the landscape. The eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens. The camera was found near a river about 110km from where it vanished.


Americans don't trust each other anymore. For four decades, a gut-level ingredient of democracy – trust in the other fellow – has been quietly draining away.

These days, only one-third of Americans say most people can be trusted. Half felt that way in 1972, when the General Social Survey first asked the question.


Teen singer Justin Bieber was the UK's most searched-for person of the year on Bing.

The rest of the Microsoft search engine's top 10 was made up of women, with US star Beyonce the runner-up and the Duchess of Cambridge third. Arsenal were the most searched-for sports team in Britain.


A renowned British media executive and his wife have been killed in a road accident in Spain.

Brian Hitchen (77) and his wife Nelli Hitchen were struck by a car in Altea, on the country's east coast. Mrs Hitchen died at the scene, while Mr Hitchen died in hospital. Mr Hitchen was editor of the 'Daily Star' from 1987 to 1994 and sister publication the 'Sunday Express' in 1995.


The number of HIV-positive citizens in Iran has skyrocketed over the last decade.

State television has quoted Health Minister Hassan Ghzaizadeh as saying there has been a nine-fold growth in the number of HIV/AIDS patients in the decade. It said a third of those infected got the virus through sexual intercourse, while the rest got it from infected syringes.

Irish Independent

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