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NHS hernia mesh repairs 'leaving patients in chronic pain'

  • hernia: NHS England is using mesh to repair hernias which leaves many patients in chronic pain, surgeons have told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme.
  • hernia: NHS England said mesh implants had been successfully used to treat hernias for several decades.
  • hernia: A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue pokes through a gap where muscle has weakened.
  • hernia: Image copyright Instagram/professorgreen Image caption Rapper Professor Green has documented his hernia mesh surgery on social media.
  • hernia: One in 10 people will develop a hernia, and some experts are concerned about the " thousands of hernia mesh patients who are living with chronic pain ".

NY town plagued by violence graduates high school seniors

  • valedictorian: In this photo taken Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Brentwood, N.Y., high school valedictorians Michael Simoes, left, Reeda Iqbal, center, and co-salutatorian Saray Vazquez pose at the high school.
  • valedictorian: Brentwood has afforded us the opportunity to gain exposure to diverse cultures, to showcase our multiple gifts and talents and to change without apology," said Reeda Iqbal, Harvard-bound valedictorian at Brentwood High School's Sonderling Center campus.
  • valedictorian: Iqbal, whose parents emigrated from Pakistan, and Michael Simoes, valedictorian at the school's Ross Center campus, have said their stories of scholarship and perseverance deserve as much attention as the carnage.

Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mounts

  • perpendicular: U.S.-trained urban warfare units were channeling their onslaught along two perpendicular streets that converge in the heart of the Old City, aiming to isolate the jihadist insurgents in four pockets.
  • maroon: The government advance was carving out escape corridors for civilians marooned behind Islamic State lines.
  • trickle: There was a steady trickle of fleeing families on Saturday, some with injured and malnourished children.
  • maze: The urban-warfare forces were leading the campaign to clear the Sunni Islamist militants from the maze of Old City alleyways, moving on foot house-to-house in locations too cramped for the use of armored combat vehicles.