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Treatment news : May 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • UK travellers 'ignoring health advice' mosquitoBritish tourists are putting their lives at risk by failing to pay attention to advice from travel health clinics, experts have claimed.According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), tourists need...
  • UK's botox regulation 'completely inadequate', says expert BotoxThe cosmetic use of Botulinum toxin, or Botox, needs to be better regulated to protect patients, an expert has claimed.There is growing demand for the government to introduce regulations on its use,...
  • UK researchers get stomach bug funding Helicobacter pylori (Hp)Researchers at the University of Nottingham have received over £366,000 worth of funding to help them study a stomach bug which causes gastric ulcers and cancer.Around half of the world's population...
  • Obesity surgery 'cuts diabetes risk' Obesity treatment - gastric bypass Obesity surgery significantly reduces the risk of diabetes, even if the patient remains overweight, researchers have found.Previous studies had already shown that gastric bypass, a form of obesity...
  • Obese patients barred from NHS surgery Obese manNearly a tenth of NHS hospitals have already adopted a controversial policy which excludes smokers and obese patients from certain treatments, a Sky News survey has revealed.Millions of patients...
  • New medical tourism breaks for Scots Scottish consumers will be able to book new medical tourism holidays this summer, thanks to a new range of deals from Barrhead Travel.The company, which was founded by Bill Munro, plans to launch new...
  • Young people 'need better sexual health education' Sex Education ForumYoung people should be given education on sexual health before they begin having sex, the Sex Education Forum has claimed.According to the national authority on sex and relationships education, this...
  • Obesity treatment under the spotlight - Rimonabant Obese manA new weight loss drug has come under scrutiny, with experts questioning some of the claims made regarding its health benefits, it has emerged.Rimonabant, which is manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis, has...
  • Obesity surgery first for Vietnam Vietnamese flagA hospital in Vietnam has performed obesity surgery on a female patient for the first time.Surgeons at Hanoi's Viet Duc Hospital carried out the procedure on a 38-year-old unnamed woman who weighed...
  • Survey reveals poor awareness of prostate cancer EverymanThree quarters of men are uncertain of the signs of prostate cancer, according to a new survey.Male cancer charity Everyman found that just one in ten respondents believe men to be as informed about...
  • India promotes monsoons and medical tourism India - monsoon rainIndia is currently promoting itself to tourists in the hopes that it can lure people interested in experiencing both the monsoon rains and medical treatment.The subcontinent witnesses its monsoon...
  • Medical tourism was 'best thing I ever did' Plastic surgery abroadPatients are being forced to travel abroad in order to receive medical treatment as the NHS struggles to keep its finances afloat, it has emerged.One such patient, 52-year-old Sylvia Clarke,...
  • Men 'should think twice' about sexual health, steroid link Men should be better informed about the potential sexual health problems associated with steroid use, an expert has claimed.According to Jim Pollard, editor of website Malehealth.co.uk, steroids can...
  • Knee surgery for women launched in UK knee replacementFemale patients undergoing knee surgery in the UK will now be able to benefit from a new knee implant which has been designed specifically to suit women.The new knee cap, called Gender Solutions,...
  • India's medical tourism to grow in 'leaps and bounds' India Taj MahalAn international seminar held in India last week concluded that medical tourism could flourish if the hospitality industry, travel agents, state government and local people work together.Abhijeet...
  • Cosmetic surgery ''can improve people's lives'' Baaps logoCosmetic surgery can change people's lives for the better, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) has claimed.According to Baaps president Douglas McGeorge, cosmetic surgery...
  • Gene-based eye therapy trialled in London Moorfields Eye HospitalMoorfields Eye Hospital has conducted groundbreaking eye surgery aimed at restoring the sight of patients with congenital defects, it has been revealed.In what may be a world first, the surgery saw...
  • Revolutionary MRI scanner used in Oxford The world's first 360 degree MRI scanner has been installed and put into operation at a hospital in Oxford. The scanner has a unique construction, being open-sided instead of based on the familiar...
  • Scientists find 'cure for baldness' bald manA reliable cure for baldness is one of the holy grails of medical research, and scientists in the USA believe that they may have found it. At present, baldness can only be addressed with a hair...
  • Cosmetic surgery patients omit to seek GPs' advice Which?Only one in eight people ask their GP for advice before deciding to have cosmetic surgery, a new survey has found.According to the latest research by Which?, consumers are failing to consult their GP...
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