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Treatment news : February 2008

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Spire Healthcare acquires Classic Hospitals Spire HealthcareSpire Healthcare is set to acquire UK hospital group Classic Hospitals from LGV Capital, it has been revealed.The private healthcare group, which was formed last year from the sale of BUPA Hospitals...
  • Spire Cardiff launches new stroke service Spire HealthcareSpire Cardiff Hospital has launched a new service to help reduce the number of people dying from strokes.An estimated 150,000 people have a stroke every year in the UK, making it the third most...
  • Obesity treatment prescriptions pass one million Obesity 'epidemic' increasing risk of cancer Figures show that a growing number of people are seeking prescribed obesity treatment in a serious bid to lose weight.According to data published by the Information Centre for health and social care...
  • Bupa welcomes homecare support findings Stroke RehabilitationBupa Care Homes has welcomed a report from the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), which found that under-funded services are failing to support older people in their own homes.The CSCI...
  • BMI Healthcare offers HPV virus test Study reveals widespread breast cancer confusionWomen who want to know whether they are carrying the human papillomavirus (HPV), certain strains of which can cause cervical cancer, can now be tested at their local BMI Healthcare hospital.Routine...
  • Vaccine 'could halt' prostate cancer Prostate cancer: What is a PSA test?An experimental prostate cancer vaccine has stopped development of the disease in 90 per cent of test cases on mice, it has been reported.Researchers from California tested the new vaccine on 20 mice...
  • UK engineers develop hip joint innovation Knee replacement patient - BelgiumBritish engineers have designed a new set of replica joints for use in hip replacement procedures, it has been reported.Experts at Exeter University used advanced computer design systems to develop a...
  • Teens at risk of skin cancer from sunbeds sun tan sunbathe burn beach A new survey has revealed that 60 per cent of teenage girls in Liverpool may need skin cancer treatment in the future as a result of using sunbeds.Sunbeds emit UV rays, which have been shown to...
  • Stress may hinder immune response to cancer Stress may hinder immune response to cancerWomen who are stressed may be less able to fight the virus that causes many cases of cervical cancer, scientists have found.Certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) increase the risk of...
  • Stem cell transplants could transform knee surgery knee injuriesScientists are trying to develop a new form of stem cell transplant that would revolutionise the way in which damaged bones and cartilage are mended.Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are...
  • Spinal surgery 'better than non-surgical options' Nitin Patel spinal surgeryA new study has found that spinal surgery is more beneficial for patients with a condition called spinal stenosis than non-surgical treatment options.Spinal stenosis occurs when the passage in the...
  • Rise in throat cancers for men Mature man - hair lossThe HPV virus, which is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer in women, is quickly becoming the leading cause of oral cancer in men according to a new study.Published Friday in...
  • Reduced salt may prevent need for obesity treatment Fatty food link to ovarian cancerLimiting the amount of salt contained in a child's diet could help to prevent the need for obesity treatment new research suggests.Children who ate less salt were found to drink fewer sugar-sweetened...
  • Private care home gets £1m revamp Private nursing care - elderly coupleAn Essex private care home has undergone a significant development programme, with additional bedrooms and facilities being added for residents' comfort.Colonia Court has benefited from a £1 million...
  • Using older embryos may boost infertility treatment Twins born with new infertility treatmentA new infertility treatment that uses slightly older embryos could improve pregnancy rates and reduce the number of multiple births, researchers have said.The news is likely to be welcomed by health...
  • NHS trusts refusing obesity ops Pre-obesity-surgical weight loss linked to shorter hospital stayNHS trusts are being overwhelmed by referrals for obesity surgery to the extent where more than half of consultants are rejecting new patients, it has emerged.Obesity surgery is becoming an...
  • New private clinic recommended for Kent UK doctor jobsPatients in Kent could soon benefit from a new private clinic currently under consideration by the local council.The clinic was recommended for approval at a recent meeting of Maidstone council,...
  • Music aids stroke rehabilitation Stroke RehabilitationPatients who are undergoing stroke rehabilitation may benefit from listening to music, Finnish researchers have said.A study at the University of Helsinki analysed 60 stroke patients and found that...
  • More men taking contraception seriously Male female sexual healthMen are taking contraception increasingly seriously, a new survey has found.Researchers discovered that 94 per cent of men believe both parties should take responsibility for ensuring contraception...
  • £26.8 million drive to boost contraception access oral contraception may lower cancer riskThe government has announced a £26.8 million drive aimed at improving access to contraception.More than one in ten sexually active women do not use contraception, increasing the risk of unplanned...
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