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Treatment news : February 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Private clinics defend health MOTs Healthcare NowHealth MOTs are slowly being introduced on the NHS, but the assessments have long been available at private clinics across the UK.For a few hundred pounds, patients can pay to be thoroughly examined...
  • Half of women would consider cosmetic surgery Cosmetic surgery guide - laser skin treatmentOver half of young women admit that they would have cosmetic surgery to improve their looks, a new survey has revealed.The research, conducted by BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat and 1extra's TXU, also...
  • Vietnam enters medical tourism industry Vietnamese flagVietnam's first medical tourism resort has now opened in the southern seaside town of Vung Tau.Medicoast opened on February 11th and is now offering full travel packages, combining professional...
  • Natural breast implants on the horizon Cosmetic Surgery TurkeyWomen could soon be receiving breast implants using their own stem cells, if British doctors approve a technique pioneered in Japan.Implants using a patient's fat are already available, but around...
  • Medics attack 'nonsensical' surgery freezes BMANHS hospitals around the country are being forced to postpone patients' routine operations because of financial problems, a situation which the British Medical Association (BMA) has labelled...
  • Record abortion figures in January Maries Stopes - contraception and termination of pJanuary 2007 proved to be the busiest ever month for abortion services at the UK's leading reproductive health provider, Marie Stopes International (MSI).The global partnership revealed that nearly...
  • Welsh patients getting "patchy" cancer treatment Welsh FlagPatients in Wales are suffering from "key shortfalls" in the provision of cancer treatment, with the availability of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery described as "patchy" in an official...
  • Vitamin D found to reduce falls among elderly Giving vitamin D to elderly patients in nursing homes could help to reduce the number of falls, a study has revealed.Around 50 per cent of nursing home residents suffer from falls each year and there...
  • Virgin stem cell bank announced Richard Branson photoSir Richard Branson has announced his latest venture - a stem cell bank which will allow parents to store blood from their child's umbilical cord for possible future medical use.For a fee of £1,500,...
  • Smear test policy putting young women at risk Young women could be at a greater risk of developing cervical cancer because of a policy change meaning that they are now only invited for tests at 25 instead of 20.The policy change, which came into...
  • Britons 'ignorant' about sexual health Sexual health - male female symbolA recent survey has exposed a worrying lack of sexual knowledge among Britons, with only four per cent of respondents classing their sexual education as excellent.Half of people questioned were not...
  • Sea creature could provide new cancer treatment UT Southwestern Medical CentreA possible new cancer treatment has been developed by scientists in the US from a toxin found in a rare marine invertebrate.The liquid toxin is taken from Diazona Angulata, a reclusive sea squirt...
  • Restylane - 'a very popular filler' Cosmetic surgery guide - laser skin treatmentMany patients actually request the filler Restylane by name due to its image as a safe and effective product, according to one cosmetic surgeon.Restylane is a transparent gel containing hyaluronic...
  • DoH plans to close NHS maternity units Department of HealthMany more expectant mothers may soon be seeking the services of private maternity hospitals if government plans to close dozens of consultant-led maternity units go ahead.Proposals unveiled by the...
  • New obesity treatment in the pipeline Obese personPatients may soon be able to avoid obesity surgery in their fight to lose weight, as an existing drug has been found to help with weight loss.Dr Nir Barak of the Rabin Medical Centre in Tel Aviv...
  • Natural contraception 'as effective as the pill' Heidelberg UniversityUsing natural methods to determine a woman's fertile phase and prevent pregnancy is as effective as taking the Pill, researchers have shown.According to scientists at Heidelberg University in...
  • More men want cosmetic surgery, says survey AACSSince 2002, three per cent more men have opted to undergo cosmetic surgery, as men now constitute over one fifth of cosmetic surgery patients.Now 21 per cent of those undergoing cosmetic procedures...
  • Medical tourism to thrive as foreign doctors leave India templeA decision by the UK not to allow work permit-free visas for non-EU doctors is likely to cause many frustrated patients to seek treatment abroad.Despite lengthy NHS waiting lists, hospitals will soon...
  • Future looks bright for medical tourism in India Indian flagIndia could become the most cost-effective healthcare market by 2015, according to an IBM report.The global study, which was conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value, also suggests that the...
  • Hong Kong to become 'centre of medical excellence' Hong KongWomen have been flocking to Hong Kong to give birth, as the private healthcare provision tends to be better in the city than on the mainland.Immigration Department figures suggest that 19,523 babies...
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