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Articles and Features: November 2009

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

  • 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....
  • Causes of erectile dysfunction Stressed man and woman in bedErectile dysfunction causes a man to lose the ability to gain or maintain an erection. In some cases, a partial erection may occur, in others, there may be no expansion of the penis whatsoever....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Arthritis treatment - what is available? Woman with neck painArthritis is a chronic condition characterised by painful, stiff and swollen joints. If you have severe arthritis you are likely to have reduced mobility, disturbed sleep, impaired quality of life,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) – how does it work? Pregnant womanChorionic villus sampling (CVS) involves taking a small selection of chorionic villus cells for genetic testing. This can reveal the presence of abnormalities that cause Down's syndrome, cystic...