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Treatment news : August 2006

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Gastric bypass 'effective' for mild to severe obesity Obese manPatients with a body mass index (BMI) between 32 and 35 are highly likely to benefit from a form of obesity surgery, a recent study has shown.Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery can...
  • India is 'nation of choice' for medical tourists India templeIndia's minister for tourism and culture, Smt Ambika Soni, has highlighted the need for the country to promote itself as the emerging medical value travel destination for overseas patients.Speaking...
  • Intestinal surgery linked to eye problems British Journal of Ophthalmology logoPatients who have undergone surgery on the intestines could have difficulty with the absorption of vitamin A, leading to possible eye problems in later life.Vitamin A deficiency can lead to damage to...
  • Cromwell Hospital : New Gamma Knife for stereotactic radiosurgery Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™The Cromwell Hospital, London, are delighted to announce that they will be the first Hospital in the UK to commission the Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion, Elekta's brand new system for stereotactic...
  • Poor cardio fitness increases post-surgical complications Obesity bariatric surgeryPatients with low fitness levels could be at higher risk of complications after bariatric (obesity) surgery, a study has shown.Research published in Chest, the journal of the American College of...
  • Wristband reduces nausea, vomiting after surgery Acupressure pointA new acupressure wristband has been found to significantly reduce postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) in procedures such as plastic and cosmetic surgery, breast surgery and cancer treatment.A...
  • Sexual health money going towards NHS bills Sexual health - male female symbolThe NHS has been criticised after it was revealed that a large proportion of the money set aside for sexual health services is not getting to where it is needed.A survey undertaken by the Independent...
  • Effect of weight loss on cellulite is variable, study shows Obesity surgery - CelluliteWeight loss can help to reduce cellulite in some women, although it can actually worsen the condition in others, a study has found.Patients who start off with a higher body mass index (BMI) and lose...
  • Less invasive techniques for joint replacement surgery speed recovery Hip replacement - minimal invasive scarSurgical techniques which are less invasive are enabling patients undergoing joint replacement surgery to return to normality much faster.Patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, for example, are...
  • Combined liver and kidney transplants reduce organ rejection Liver transplantCombined liver and kidney transplants can improve the chances of patients recovering from diseases in both organs, a new study has found.Research published today in the Archives of Surgery, a sister...
  • Stryker announces approval of hip replacement system Stryker orthopaedics logoMedical technology expert Stryker Corporation has announced FDA approval of its new, advanced bearing system, LFIT Anatomic Femoral Heads with X3 Polyethylene liners.The new implant system, which is...
  • Plastic surgery application trialled at fourth medical centre Body Enrich - BreastA Harvard Medical School teaching hospital is to be the fourth centre to join clinical trials for a new plastic surgery application.Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre (BIDMC) will participate in...
  • Government policy 'worrying' for patient safety Patient safety is being compromised by financial and target-driven motives, according to the shadow health secretary, Andrew Lansley.Figures from the Conservative Party show that the number of people...
  • Obesity vaccine one step closer to reality Obesity surgery LAP_BANDA new vaccine has been shown to lead to decreased weight gain and less body fat in animal models and has the potential to be effective in the fight against obesity.Scientists at the Scripps Research...
  • Genetic defect may prevent 'full' feeling Obesity treatment - gastric bandingNearly six per cent of morbidly obese patients have a genetic defect which prevents them from feeling full, regardless of how much they have eaten.Researchers at the University of Florida have...
  • Obesity treatment launched in UK Sanofi Aventis - logoA new obesity treatment was launched in the UK yesterday, providing hope for severely overweight patients.The new Sanofi-Aventis drug, Acomplia, blocks receptors involved in the metabolism of glucose...
  • Britons ignorant of link between obesity and cancer Cancer research logoThe UK is largely oblivious to the fact that being overweight increases the risk of cancer, according to a new survey, with people considering appearance to be a more important benefit of losing...
  • One third of Britons will be obese by 2010 Obesity - obese manOne in three people in the UK will be dangerously overweight within the next four years, according to a new government report. Department of Health predictions, due to be published this week, suggest...
  • New spinal fusion operation reduces risks Spinal fusion surgeryA pioneering, minimally-invasive form of spinal fusion surgery can help to reduce the risks associated with the procedure.Around 5,000 patients with lower back pain undergo spinal fusion surgery each...
  • Mushroom 'could help in fight against cancer' Prostate cancer CT scanCancer treatment could be boosted by the addition of a mushroom that has been used in east Asian medicine for centuries, according to a new study.A research team at the Boston University School of...
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