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Articles and Features: October 2011

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

  • Liver biopsy: why would I need one? Empty hospital bedIt may be that you have had a blood test that revealed elevated levels of liver enzymes or copper or iron in your system. In some cases, an X-ray may have shown that the liver is enlarged or inflamed...
  • What are the key causes of obesity? One in ten adults in the UK is obeseThe causes of obesity are many and varied but they all boil down one thing; taking in more energy in food and drink than you use up in daily activities. This means that the only way to avoid obesity...
  • Gastric band surgery: an easy way to lose weight? overweight woman If you have gastric band surgery, a restrictive, inflatable band is placed around the top of your stomach to limit the amount of food you can eat. Even a very small meal makes you feel full, so you...
  • Abdominal hernia: a guide One of the symptoms of peritoneal cancer is abdominal painAn abdominal hernia occurs when a small piece of intestine and connective tissue pushes out through a weakness in the muscles that make up the body wall. The hernia is felt as a lump; if it can be...
  • Ganglion cyst: should I have it treated? Patient and doctorThe underlying cause of ganglion cysts is unknown but they often occur in women between the ages of 20 and 40. Although common on the wrists, they can also appear on the finger joints, around the...