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Treatment news : December 2006

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Norfolk patients denied obesity surgery Obesity - obese manPeople in Norfolk are being forced to seek private obesity treatment because the local NHS trust is refusing to foot the bill.Some 20,000 people in the county meet National Institute for Health and...
  • Obesity surgery to be offered to children Obese - zip fasteningExceptionally overweight children are to be offered obesity surgery on the NHS following new guidance from the government's health watchdog.The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence...
  • Marie Stopes offers Christmas contraception kits Maries Stopes - contraception and termination of pThe country's leading reproductive healthcare charity, Marie Stopes International, is offering a special Christmas Emergency Contraception kit to help women be prepared for the festive party...
  • Patients face two-year wait for hip replacement ops Hip replacementPatients requiring orthopaedic surgery, such as hip replacement and knee surgery, are in some cases facing waits of over two years for NHS treatment.New government figures have revealed that efforts...
  • Underweight women 'more likely to miscarry' Miscarriage association logoWomen who are underweight when they conceive are more likely to suffer a miscarriage during the early stages of pregnancy, according to new research.A study commissioned by the Miscarriage...
  • New ultrasound technique could aid breast cancer detection Radiological society of North America logoRadiologists involved in breast cancer treatment could benefit from using a new ultrasound technique to distinguish between benign and malignant lesions, according to new research.Elasticity imaging,...
  • Early prostate cancer treatment improves life expectancy Journal of American Medical association logoMen who receive treatment for early-stage, localised prostate cancer live significantly longer than those who are advised to 'watch and wait', a study has shown.Researchers at the University of...
  • Private patients get faster access to cancer care Irish Cancer society logoA patient's ability to pay for private healthcare can be a significant barrier to the early diagnosis of cancer, a new study has found.Researchers from the Irish College of General Practitioners...
  • Soaring obesity rates 'could trigger cancer epidemic' Cancer research logoThe rise in obesity levels is likely to lead to an increase in the number of cancer patients, with doctors predicted to be diagnosing as many as 12,000 new weight-related cancer cases every year by...
  • Patients with self-inflicted illnesses face longer NHS waits The Independent logoPatients who lead unhealthy lifestyles could be forced to wait for treatment on the NHS or else seek private healthcare, as those with 'self-inflicted' illnesses may not be viewed as priorities in...
  • New laser skin treatment produces ''remarkable improvement'' Palomar Lux1540 Fractional™ Laser A new type of skin resurfacing technology has been announced which claims to improve skin colour, smooth fine lines, lighten skin discolouration and gently tighten the skin.The Palomar LUX1540...
  • Mistletoe 'not an effective cancer treatment' MistletoeMistletoe is unlikely to be the wonder cancer treatment that many had hoped for, according to doctors.Studies have provided little proof that extracts of mistletoe can be used to target cancer...
  • Smoking 'plays a role in knee osteoarthritis' Health insurance risks - smokingSmokers who suffer from knee osteoarthritis experience greater cartilage loss and pain than non-smokers, according to a new study.Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that men who were current...
  • 10% discount for Hajj travel vaccinations Flu vaccinationA leading private clinic is offering ten per cent off all travel vaccinations and malaria medications for Hajj pilgrims in an attempt to reduce the potential health risks.Harley Street's Number One...
  • Low-fat diet could prevent breast cancer recurrence LA Biomed logoEating a low-fat diet could be a good way of preventing a recurrence of breast cancer, according to US researchers.A team led by Dr Rowan Chlebowski of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute...
  • Exercise reduces colon cancer risk by a fifth EPIC logoAn active lifestyle could help to reduce the risk of developing colon cancer by over a fifth, according to new research. Scientists at the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition...
  • Obese kids' parents hamper official study Obese personMany families have refused to take part in an official report into childhood obesity, creating difficulties for researchers, it has emerged.The Association of Public Health Observatories, which has...
  • Computer program heralds "new era in cancer research" University of DundeeScientists have developed a mathematical model which they believe could help to end the uncertainty involved in cancer treatment.Experts at Dundee University have revealed that the computer...
  • Bupa to establish national ophthalmology services network BUPA small logoBupa is establishing the first national network of quality-accredited ophthalmology services in the UK.The private healthcare firm already has networks for cancer services, including breast, bowel...
  • Fall in breast cancer cases attributed to lower HRT uptake M. D. Anderson Cancer Center logoResearchers believe that a recent seven per cent fall in breast cancer cases in the US could be related to a decrease in the number of women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT).Breast cancer...