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Articles and Features: December 2009

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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...