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Rise in heart transplants

THERE was a fall in the number of kidney and liver transplants but an increase in the number of hearts and lungs transplanted last year.

Organs were donated from 78 deceased donors last year, down from 93 in 2011.

A total of 206 transplants were carried out -- kidneys (131), livers (50), hearts (10), lungs (14) and pancreas (one).

Mark Murphy, chief executive of the Irish Kidney Association, said: "Thanks to the generosity of these 78 deceased donors and their families, 206 transplants took place in Ireland in 2012."



Fat injections are up by 13pc

FAT injections have become more popular than liposuction, new figures show.

The number of women in the UK who are having fat from their thighs or bottom injected into areas like the face or hands has increased by 13pc in just one year.

Meanwhile, the number of women who had lipo has reduced by 14pc, according to data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps).



Jet probe into battery danger

THE joint US and Japanese investigation into the Boeing 787's battery problems has moved to the manufacturer of a monitoring system.

Transport ministry official Shigeru Takano said there was no evidence of a problem at battery-maker GS Yuasa.

Ministry officials said they are inspecting Kanto Aircraft Instrument Co later in the day as part of the ongoing investigation.

All Boeing 787s are grounded after one of the jets made an emergency landing in Japan when its main battery overheated.



22 journalists flee in Nepal

A MEDIA rights group says 22 journalists have fled a town in Nepal after threats from supporters of the prime minister's party.

Jagat Napal, of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists, said the journalists fled Dailekh last week following threats from supporters of Communist Party of Nepal.

The journalists were protesting the alleged attempt from prime minister Baburam Bhattarai to stop an investigation into the killing of a journalist by Maoists in 2004.