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Treatment news : July 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Stroke patients given surgery hope Johns Hopkins University logoPatients undergoing stroke rehabilitation may benefit from a surgical technique which addresses facial weakness.Facial paralysis can result in the loss of voluntary movement of the muscles on one...
  • Woman denied obesity surgery threatens court action Obese personA woman who has been turned down for potentially life-saving obesity surgery on the NHS in Scotland is threatening to take her local health board to court.Laura Brown, a 34-year-old whose body mass...
  • DIY test may enable timely bowel cancer treatment Cancer research logoCancer Research UK, a charity dedicated to research into cancer treatment, has announced that people who use a self-testing kit may be significantly less likely to die from bowel cancer.These kits...
  • Daily pint boosts bowel cancer risk Cancer research logoDrinkers who enjoy a daily pint of beer may be more likely to need bowel cancer treatment, scientists from Cancer Research UK have found.The Epic study, funded by Cancer Research UK, the Medical...
  • Computerised test may improve cervical cancer detection University of Sydney A new computerised test for cervical cancer has been developed that has a better rate for detecting abnormalities than conventional smear tests - which could mean a reduced need for repeat tests and...
  • EU ethical disparities force couples into IVF treatment abroad Infertility - egg donationLegal differences between EU member states are driving many couples overseas to seek infertility treatment, a senior IVF expert has claimed.Regulations need to be brought in to make the laws...
  • Eating after a tummy tuck 'good for rehabilitation' American society for aesthetic plastic surgery logoFeeding patients soon after a tummy tuck procedure could enable them to leave hospital more quickly, experts have claimed.Although doctors have tended to withhold food after tummy tuck surgery to...
  • Drug addiction treatment in demand, figures show The number of Scots being treated for heroin addiction has reached record levels, new figures have revealed.Statistics published by the Scottish government show that around 21,000 people are using...
  • Diet experts raise care of the elderly concerns British Dietetic AssociationExperts are concerned that elderly people are not necessarily getting the right standard of nutrition in care homes.A spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association (BDA) said that, although some...
  • Government to improve contraception access condomsThe government has unveiled plans to provide better access to contraception in the hopes that this will reduce the number of teenage pregnancies.Official statistics show that the overall rate of...
  • Complementary therapies 'may impede IVF success' BBCNew research from Cardiff University has shown that complementary therapies could be potentially harmful to women undergoing infertility treatment, the BBC has reported.It is thought that this is due...
  • Study suggests low cholesterol, cancer link cancer cellA new study has linked low cholesterol levels induced by drugs such as statins to cancer, US scientists have revealed.The research undertaken on over 41,000 patients found one additional incident of...
  • Nanoparticles to improve cancer biopsies University of MexicoCancer treatment could be more effective due to the use of nanoparticles, according to new research.Scientists at the University of Mexico have concluded that biopsies may be more accurate and...
  • Bupa North Cheshire Hospital shortlisted for national award BUPA Hospitals logoBupa North Cheshire Hospital has earned itself a place in the finals of the National Customer Service Awards, thanks to patients, consultants and staff giving it top satisfaction ratings.Latest...
  • NHS wait rule fails breast cancer patients BMJ helping doctors make better decisionsMany patients are being let down by NHS guidelines on cancer treatment, according to a new study. Research from BMJ Online First has raised concerns that the 'two-week wait rule' for cancer treatment...
  • Patient wins bowel cancer treatment ruling Bowel Cancer UKA bowel cancer patient has won a High Court ruling, meaning that she will now have access to a controversial cancer treatment.Victoria Otley paid £15,000 for private treatment after her local primary...
  • Tumour paint may aid cancer treatment Seattle Children's Hospital Research InstituteSurgeons administering cancer treatment may be assisted by a new 'tumour paint', which helps to identify cancer cells.Scientists at the Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute and Fred...
  • Consumers reminded of need for travel vaccinations Travel health - vaccinationVisiting the doctor when you're trying to pack for a foreign holiday may be the last thing on your mind, but experts advise that it is important to update travel vaccinations and make sure you have...
  • Figures show STI increase Health Protection Agency The number of people being diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) rose by two per cent between 2005 and 2006, new figures show.The fourth annual report from the Health Protection...
  • Study finds social obesity link University of CaliforniaPatients who are considering obesity treatment may find they can turn to their own friends and family for first-hand experience, as new research suggests that social factors are involved in the...
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