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Treatment news : August 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • NHS stroke services "lacking" Stroke RehabilitationBritain is the worst country in western Europe for treating stroke victims, a report published in this week's British Medical Journal has claimed.Despite spending as much, if not more, as leading...
  • Veg pigments may provide cancer treatment Cancer research logoA new study has potentially paved the way for a new cancer treatment after researchers found that the colour-causing compounds in many fruits and vegetables may contain anti-cancer...
  • Blood pressure drugs lead to stroke reduction elderly patient: blood pressure checkElderly patients may be less likely to need stroke rehabilitation following promising results from a trial involving blood pressure drugs.An international trial involving more than 3,800 patients was...
  • Scientists link virus to obesity obese manPatients who are seeking obesity treatment may be relieved to learn that their weight problem may be linked to a virus.Although further research is needed to establish a link, researchers believe...
  • Private dentistry only option for Bolton patients Hungary Dental - dentistNew dental patients in Bolton are unlikely to be able to receive treatment on the NHS in the immediate future, it has emerged.None of the borough's 32 dental practices are taking on any more NHS...
  • Consumers advised against unregulated pharmacies computer mouse internetExperts have warned consumers to avoid buying medication from disreputable online pharmacies, many of which have no real credentials and could be offering fake drugs.Internet fraud advisers...
  • Broccoli reduces prostate cancer risk BroccoliEating plenty of broccoli and cauliflower may reduce the need for prostate cancer treatment, researchers have said.A study involving 1,300 men found that greater consumption of dark green vegetables...
  • Obesity surgery improves survival, study shows Obesity - obese manPatients who undergo obesity surgery can significantly improve their chances of survival, a new study has suggested.However, researchers noted that severely obese patients may be more likely to...
  • Patients may require more private treatment in future Heart traceA new report has suggested that price guidelines from drug watchdog the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) may be too high for the NHS to afford.Nice calculated that if a...
  • Transplant-related cancer treatment "encouraging" Cancer research logoA new cancer treatment is being trialled which may benefit patients with a form of the disease commonly found among transplant patients.Around a tenth of organ transplant patients are at risk of...
  • Liposuction may reduce excess sweating Beauty in Prague - liposuctionA technique developed for liposuction may help patients who experience excessive underarm sweating, doctors have said.Experts from Germany's Rurh University decided to trial the technique in a bid to...
  • Consumers warned not to sunbathe after laser hair removal sun tan sunbathe burn beach Health experts are reminding consumers undergoing laser hair removal of the need to avoid the sun afterwards, as this could damage the skin.People who do not follow the advice could suffer burning,...
  • 'Junk food mums' may boost obesity treatment demand obese toddlerChildren may be more likely to need obesity treatment if their mother ate junk foods while pregnant, research has revealed.A team of scientists at London's Royal Veterinary College found that rats...
  • Charity calls for improved care of the elderly Strand Nurses - elderly ladyA charity has called for improvements in the way Britain's elderly people are cared for following a report which shows many old people struggle with everyday activities in their own home.Help the...
  • New device detects hip replacement problems University of Bath Around 50,000 British people undergo hip replacement surgery to ease mobility and reduce pain each year, but occasionally they become loose and the patient may need further surgery.Engineers at the...
  • Test improves diagnosis of hip replacement infection Hip surgeryResearchers have developed a new diagnostic test to help detect infections around prosthetic joints such as knee and hip replacements an advance that should improve treatment and patient outcomes.A...
  • UK researchers seek eye treatment in fish eyes eyeA team of UK scientists believe that a special type of cell found in the eye may be able to regenerate damaged retina in humans.Muller glial cells have been shown to regenerate the retina in...
  • Parents alerted to UV eye risks Guy's and Thomas' hospital - childrenChildren's eyes need to be protected from the sun as they are more sensitive than adults' eyes and could sustain permanent damage, a charity has warned.A young person's eyes have much clearer lenses,...
  • Ex-smokers 'still at risk of lung cancer' doctors consult over x-ray lung cancerNew research has shown that lung tissue can be permanently damaged by smoking, meaning that smokers who have quit still stand the possibility of getting lung cancer.The study, from the British...
  • Brits have cosmetic surgery to please partners pretty woman has lip injection collagenMany British women decide to have cosmetic surgery as a way of pleasing their partner, research has found.Experts at Aberdeen University told BBC Scotland that, while American women tend to have...
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