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Articles and Features: March 2010 

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

  • Fluid on the lung: causes and treatment Lungs: Fluid on the lungs can be seriousFluid on the lung sounds serious and it is. If the tiny air sacs inside the lungs become waterlogged, this produces pulmonary oedema, a frightening condition that causes severe breathing...
  • Peritoneal cancer: available treatments One of the symptoms of peritoneal cancer is abdominal painPeritoneal cancer is a rare form of cancer that affects the membrane that surrounds the organs of the abdomen. It mostly affects women and often goes undetected until it is quite advanced. Treatment...
  • Gender dysphoria - what is it? Gender dysphoria - what is it?Gender dysphoria occurs when someone feels trapped in a body that does not coincide with their own sense of gender. This is a complex condition but finding out more about what causes it, how it can...
  • Food allergy: a growing problem? A common food allergy is peanutsFood allergy is a very specific and occasionally life threatening condition that appears to be on the rise across western countries. Appears is the important word here as it is getting increasingly...
  • An overactive bladder: can it be treated GP consultation for overactive bladderOne in six people in the UK suffer from an overactive bladder and need to visit the toilet many times a day, often with great urgency. This distressing condition can lead to social isolation, an...
  • The effects of cocaine The effects of cocaineCocaine has been used in Europe since the mid 19th century when Italian doctor Paolo Mantegazza recommended that patients could use the effects of cocaine to treat a furred tongue in the morning,...
  • Shoulder pain: causes and treatment Shoulder painThe shoulder is a complex and highly unstable joint, held in place by a system of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Shoulder pain causes can involve any part of this system and can be due to trauma,...
  • Statins; side effects and potential risks Cholesterol consultation and testingStatins are one of the most widely studied groups of drugs and they are generally considered very safe. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are prescribed statins to reduce their blood...
  • Heart palpitations; causes and treatments Heart Palpitations; causes and treatmentsWe've all experienced those feelings when your heart 'skips a beat', races or pounds. These are called heart palpitations and can happen to anyone at any time, even when you are completely at rest....
  • Seasonal affective disorder: does it exist? Seasonal Affective DisorderWe all get a touch of the winter blues when the days get shorter and the weather gets cold. For people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), this low can take the form of a debilitating depression...