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Treatment news : July 2006

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Study finds gastric bypass more effective than banding Gastric bypass procedures result in greater weight loss in severely obese patients than gastric banding procedures, according to a new study. The most common form of gastric bypass, the laparoscopic...
  • NHS obesity surgeons treat only the most serious cases The NHS is suffering from such a severe shortage of specially-trained obesity surgeons that, in some areas of the UK, operations are being offered to only the most serious cases. The BBC has...
  • Thai hospital promotes benefits of overseas treatment Senior doctors at the Bangkok Hospital in Phuket, Thailand, have announced plans to market their services in Britain. The team of medics have obtained the support of the Tourism Authority of Thailand...
  • NHS services for MS 'in a very sorry state' Recommendations from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (Nice) for the care of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are "not being implemented" by the NHS, according to a major new report....
  • New cancer drug likely to be 'limited' on NHS A new drug which is designed to treat advanced kidney cancer (mRCC) and gastrointestinal stromal tumours (Gist) has been launched in the UK today (July 31st).Pfizer announced last week that Sutent...
  • New knee replacement technology reduces wear Triathlon Knee ReplacementA new knee replacement technology results in up to 96 per cent less wear than competing implants, according to the results of laboratory tests. Stryker Orthopaedics, which claims to distribute the...
  • India is medical tourism destination of choice India is the top global destination for medical tourism, according to a new market research report. A study on the Indian Healthcare sector, conducted by RNCOS, has revealed the country's medical...
  • Assessments for NHS hearing aids take 93 weeks Patients in East Surrey have to wait 93 weeks on average to be assessed for a hearing aid, according to a local patients' group. The East Surrey Patients' Forum (ESPF) claims that, although...
  • New treatments will help combat growing obesity problem Emerging treatments will play a key role in reducing the problem of obesity, according to research analysts Frost & Sullivan. Surgical procedures, appetite-suppressing drugs and the use of weight...
  • Nice opposes NHS availability of cancer drug Velcade, the only licensed drug for people with multiple myeloma who have relapsed, should not be available on the NHS in England, according to a government advisory group. The National Institute for...
  • Cancer more common in rural, wealthy children Children who are born to affluent families and who grow up in rural areas are at a higher risk of developing leukaemia and other childhood cancers, according to an important new study. Research...
  • Study finds BOTOX could ease depression Only four per cent of young women are happy with their body and the majority would be prepared to have surgery to improve it, according to a new survey. The vast majority 79 per cent of women...
  • Allergy sufferers 'let down by poor NHS service' The NHS is failing to provide an efficient service for allergy sufferers, according to a review by the Department of Health. The report suggests that action is needed to improve services for...