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  • Private surgery is it worth it? Operating theatre for private surgeryEveryone in the UK is entitled to free healthcare on the NHS, covering a wide variety of treatments and conditions. For various reasons, however, many people opt to have private surgery in one of the 230 independent private hospitals in the UK. These provide around 20% of non-urgent surgery in the...
  • Dental veneers a guide Dental veneersDental veneers are essentially the equivalent of false nails for your teeth. They are a wafer thin shell or laminate that is cemented to the surface of your teeth to improve their appearance in terms of colour, shape or alignment. Dental veneers are classed as cosmetic dentistry as they are...
  • Hair restoration in higher demand than Botox Hair restoration in higher demand than BotoxWith more than half the population dissatisfied with their appearance, there are a number of cosmetic treatments that one might presume could be a popular first choice for some. But according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, hair restoration is the most in-demand treatment for men this...
  • Childhood obesity the facts Girl eating healthilyChildhood obesity is a major problem in the UK, as it is in much of the developing world. The most recent figures published in December 2009 show that 22.8% of reception children and 32.6% of year 6 children are either overweight or obese.
  • Osteoporosis treatment what is available? Elderly couple walkingMany older women have some degree of osteoporosis, a degenerative disease that affects bones. Osteoporosis treatments are available but their chance of success is far higher the earlier the problem is tackled. By far the best osteoporosis treatment is prevention the more that you can do in terms...
  • HRT treatment how does it work? HRT treatmentYou have probably heard the phrases HRT, HRT treatment and hormone replacement therapy the full name for HRT. All are used to describe the replacement of natural hormone levels in women during and after the menopause. Some women find that they never need HRT treatment, even though some of the...
  • Angioplasty procedure how does it work? AngiogramThe angioplasty procedure is a highly successful treatment with around 45 000 operations of this type carried out in the UK every year. The technique is used to open out a narrowing artery to prevent it becoming totally blocked and causing a heart attack. If your artery remains open for a year, the...
  • Oesophagus cancer can it be treated? Oesophageal cancer treatmentThe long-term survival rate of oesophagus cancer is quite low compared to other cancers. Only around 10% of people diagnosed with this type of cancer today will live for another 5 years. In contrast, breast cancer has a 5-year survival rate of nearly 90%.
  • Facet joint pain can it be treated? Man experiencing back painFacet joint pain is a particular type of back pain. It is caused by problems with the facet joints in the spine, so is not muscular in origin, although it does cause muscle spasms. It can then be treated but not all the treatments that are useful are medical. There is a lot you can do to reduce...
  • Bowel cancer treatment - what can be done? One of the symptoms of bowel cancer is severe abdominal painBowel cancer treatment and diagnosis has improved in recent years. However, the most commonly-used form of bowel cancer treatment is still surgery. How successful this is depends on the stage of the cancer. If it is diagnosed at an early stage, there is a good chance that this will be successful....
  • Blepharitis treatment - what's available? Woman's healthy eyesBlepharitis occurs when your eyelids become inflamed. Although it can be uncomfortable, it is not a serious condition and rarely affects eye health or eyesight. However, the soreness can be persistent and annoying. It may have no 'cure', but regular blepharitis treatment can reduce the symptoms and...
  • Private speech therapy what is available? Child talkingPrivate speech therapy can help with a wide range of conditions that affect the way we communicate. Speech problems come in many forms. Adults and children can have difficulty articulating words because of a lisp or a stammer or some other physical problem. There are also more complex issues...
  • Gum disease treatment going private ToothbrushesGum disease treatment is usually part of the normal care your dentist provides for your teeth, so it may be covered by your NHS treatment, or be part of your private therapy. However, in some cases, some forms of gum disease treatment may not be readily available, even if you have an NHS dentist...
  • Embryonic stem cells what are they? Stem Cell treatment abroadEmbryonic stem cells are the cells that exist in an early stage embryo. The ultimate embryonic stem cell is a fertilised egg one cell that is capable of dividing to give rise to every one of the billions of different cells in the human body. The stem cells in an embryo are very special not only...
  • Sleep deprivation a major problem? Exhausted manSleep deprivation problems occur when people do not get sufficient sleep to complete the natural sleep cycles including REM or dream sleep over a prolonged period of time. This can cause a range of mental and physical problems, and can have long term health implications.
  • The effects of smoking Cigarette smokeDespite recent changes in the law, that banned smoking in public places, there are still a huge number of smokers in the UK. Most are aware that smoking is bad for you, but few understand the true effects of smoking.
  • The cervical cancer jab how does it work? Teen girl and medical staffThe cervical cancer jab has only become available in the last couple of years and is being given to teenage girls to prevent them developing potentially fatal cervical cancer in their 20s and 30s. Cervical cancer does not happen because of the ageing process as many other cancers do; scientists...
  • Retinal detachment how is it treated? How much could laser eye surgery cost?Retinal detachment is quite a rare problem in which the retina at the back of the eye comes away from the tissue underneath. This usually happens because blood or fluid gets underneath when a blood vessel in the eye ruptures, usually as a result of an accident or because of damage to the eye caused...
  • Obesity in children a growing problem an obese adolescent boySeventy years ago, obesity in children was virtually unheard of. In fact, the opposite was true. During World War II, food shortages and rationing meant that many children were skinny because they literally couldn't get enough to eat. Today, food is plentiful and we import food from all over the...
  • Thinning hair what causes hair loss? Hair lossThere are two main causes of thinning hair; genetic factors and other medical and physical factors. Most cases of thinning hair fall into the first category and, despite what the snake oil sellers would have you believe, there is little that can be done about it.
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