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Articles and Features: April 2010 

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.

  • Plantar fasciitis treatment The plantar fascia ligament runs along the bottom of the footPlantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition caused by tears in the plantar fascia ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot. This can be caused by a wide range of factors, from ill fitting...
  • What are the signs of throat cancer? Persistent sore throat is one symptom of throat cancerAs with most types of cancer, if you are aware of the early signs of throat cancer, you are more likely to see a doctor early and this could save your life. Early treatment is much more likely to be...
  • Liver blood tests: what can they detect? Example of blood test resultsA liver blood test, also known as a liver function test or a liver function blood test, is a routine test that your doctor may perform to determine whether or not your liver is functioning properly....
  • Pleuritic pain: what is the cause? Pleuritic pain is a sharp stabbing pain in the chestPleuritic pain is a sharp stabbing pain in the chest. It can occur in anyone at any age but it is more common in older adults who have underlying lung problems, or who smoke heavily. One of the most...
  • Chronic furunculosis: available treatments Hand washing is one measure that can prevent further infectionChronic furunculosis is an ongoing condition where boils recur over time, either continuously or at intervals. Chronic furunculosis is often a painful and sometimes embarrassing health problem but...
  • Carcinoid syndrome: can it be treated? GP consultation, carcinoid syndromeCarcinoid syndrome is the name given to a group of symptoms that people experience if they have carcinoid tumours. These are rare and often slow-growing tumours that occur in the small intestine,...
  • Private blood tests: worth the money? Private blood testsWith the NHS providing a comprehensive range of blood tests to diagnose current health problems, is it worth paying to have blood tests done privately? In many circumstances, the answer is yes, as...
  • Gall bladder cancer: what treatment is available? Surgery is one option for the treatment of gall bladder cancerGall bladder cancer is fairly uncommon type of cancer and your chances of recovering from it are good as long as it is caught early. Surgery is the first line of treatment for most gall bladder...
  • Symptoms of hiatus hernia: what are they? One symptom of hiatus hernia is acid refluxHiatus hernia occurs when the top part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. This is a common condition and many people will experience no symptoms at all. In others,...
  • Kidney blood tests: what can they detect? Kidney blood testsIf you are advised to have a kidney blood test it is normal to feel worried, but understanding more about why kidney blood tests are carried out will help put your mind at rest. The first thing you...