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Treatment news : June 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Bupa Hospitals bought by private equity investors BUPA Hospitals logoCinven is to pay £1.44 billion for Bupa's 25 UK hospitals, it has emerged.The private equity group, which previously invested in private hospital group General Healthcare and owns private psychiatric...
  • WHO warns of health risks for long-haul travellers World Health OrganisationNew travel health advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that flying long-haul can double the risk of developing blood clots, and potentially fatal deep vein thrombosis...
  • NICE gives draft approval for smoking cessation pills Health insurance risks - smokingSmokers could soon have NHS access to a drug which manufacturers claim can help them quit the habit.Draft approval for the use of Varenicline (Champix) has been granted by the National Institute for...
  • Smoking ban enjoys public support Man smoking a cigaretteThe majority of British people support a ban on smoking in public places, a national survey has revealed.According to figures collated by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), 77 per cent of...
  • 'Smart drugs' to improve rheumatoid arthritis treatment National institute for health and clinical excellence NICE logoPatients with rheumatoid arthritis may be able to benefit from a new generation of 'smart drugs', which slow the progression of the disease and reduce symptoms by up to 50 per cent.The painful...
  • Obesity surgery may increase alcohol sensitivity Stanford University School of Medicine Patients who undergo obesity surgery may find themselves getting drunk faster and taking longer to sober up, researchers have found.A study by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine...
  • High blood pressure 'the biggest stroke risk factor' Stroke AssociationPeople should check their blood pressure regularly in order to help prevent against stroke, a national charity has said.According to the Stroke Association, which funds research into prevention,...
  • Patient finds cheaper knee replacement in France knee replacementA growing number of people are travelling across the channel to France to seek treatment abroad.NHS waiting lists and fears over hospital 'super-bugs' are leading many to abandon the UK's healthcare...
  • Kerala to establish new medical tourism centre Kerala IndiaA new holistic tourism centre is to be set up in the Indian state of Kerala, offering medical treatment and visitor attractions, it has been reported.Tourism minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan revealed...
  • Emotional state affects hip replacement recovery Hip surgeryA patient's emotional state can affect their recovery following hip replacement surgery, a new study has found.Research by scientists at Saint Louis University found that a patient's emotional status...
  • Medical tourism package for hair launched in Brazil Rio de Janeiro BrazilA new medical tourism package designed to cater for people with hair loss has been launched in Brazil.Patients can now seek treatment abroad for baldness with Makeover Brazil, which has selected...
  • Majority of care homes 'provide a good service' Counsel and Care Standards of treatment in care homes have become an important issue following a number of widely-covered cases of abuse and neglect.However, elderly care charity Counsel and Care emphasises that the...
  • 'Frog spawn molecule' may provide cancer treatment Frog spawnA synthetic drug which is based on a molecule found in frogs' eggs could provide a new cancer treatment, researchers have said.Scientists at the University of Bath have been working on a molecule...
  • Eye drug only available privately in England RNIB logoA drug that improves the sight of patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is now available in Scotland, but English and Welsh patients must still seek private treatment if they wish...
  • EU urges food industry to tackle obesity European UnionThe European Commission has told the food and drink industry that it may introduce harsh new regulations unless manufacturers take steps to tackle obesity.Health commissioner Markos Kyprianou wants...
  • Rise in early-stage abortions A record number of abortions took place in England and Wales in 2006, largely thanks to a rise in the use of 'abortion pills'.Rates of under-16 and under-18 abortions were both higher than in 2005,...
  • Family travel to China for private stem cell treatment stem cellA Bournemouth family have travelled to China so that their daughter can receive stem cell treatment.Eight-year-old Shonia Tahiliani has cerebral palsy and her parents hope that the private treatment,...
  • Panel to decide on cervical cancer jab for girls Department of HealthA government panel is set to decide if UK girls should receive a vaccination as part of cancer treatment.The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is set to look at evidence surrounding the...
  • Watchdog proposes cancer treatment funding scheme National institute for health and clinical excellence NICE logoThe National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has recommended a novel funding scheme which would mean patients no longer have to pay for the cancer treatment Velcade.Nice has...
  • More needing psychiatric care for cannabis use Cannabis leafThe number of people seeking psychiatric care as a result of cannabis use has risen by 85 per cent since Labour came into power, figures have revealed.Data obtained by shadow health secretary Andrew...
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