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Treatment news : September 2006

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Belgian hospital using new, precise cancer treatment Cancer treatment - IGRTPatients undergoing cancer treatment in Belgium can now receive a new form of radiotherapy which is more precise in the way it targets tumours.Offered at the University Hospital at Leuven, the...
  • MRSA: Hospital superbugs fuel patient concerns BUPA small logoThe threat of MRSA and other hospital superbugs is leading many patients in the UK to seek private treatment.Recent government research revealed that nearly 150 babies and children suffered...
  • New gastric band makes obesity treatment less invasive Obesity gastric banding - easybandA new procedure should help to make obesity treatment much less uncomfortable for patients.Conventional gastric banding involves placing an adjustable silicon ring around the stomach, thereby...
  • German spa hotels provide post-op relaxation Bonn, GermanyA growing number of tourists are travelling to Germany for medical treatment, fuelled by a desire to escape UK hospital waiting lists.The country's hosting of the recent football world cup, in which...
  • BMI, waist size are 'good indicators of health risks' Skingenesis weight loss before and afterMeasuring a person's body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference are good indicators of potential weight-related health risks, according to UK researchers.BMI has been criticised by some doctors...
  • Vitamin D reduces pancreatic cancer risk Vitamin DRegular vitamin D intake can slash the likelihood of getting pancreatic cancer by half, researchers have said.A study has revealed that people who take vitamin D tablets are only half as likely to...
  • Many smokers unaware they have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) COPD - smokingFour fifths of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a disease associated with lung cancer, have not yet been diagnosed, a study has revealed.According to Cancer Research UK,...
  • Link found between sleeping disorders and depression Sleeping woman - sleep disordersAdults suffering from sleep disorders are more likely to develop depression, scientists have claimed.A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reveals that the onset of sleep disorders,...
  • Scots seek private treatment to avoid operation waits Scotland on Sunday logoScottish patients spent £25 million on private operations last year, according to Scotland on Sunday.Over 8,500 patients without insurance spent an average of nearly £3,000 on surgical procedures,...
  • Obesity research: "Obesity doubles the risk of cataracts" RNIB logoObese people are twice as likely to lose their sight because the additional weight puts them at a higher risk of developing certain conditions, according to a new report.A study, conducted by the...
  • Obesity surgery being 'rationed' on the NHS Obesity surgeryNHS hospitals are being forced to turn patients away because of the large number of people seeking obesity surgery.Surgeons are increasingly unable to meet the huge demand for the surgery, which...
  • Newer obesity treatment more effective Obesity surgery - duodenal switchA study of different types of obesity surgery has found that a newer operation, called the duodenal switch, results in better weight loss than the standard gastric bypass procedure.Researchers from...
  • Sexual health: One in seven young men has chlamydia Sexual health - man and womanOne in seven young men between the ages of 20 and 24 are infected with chlamydia, according to figures released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).The data, which were presented at the agency's...
  • History of STD linked to prostate cancer risk Men with a history of gonorrhoea are more likely to develop prostate cancer, according to new research.A study of African-American men between the ages of 40 and 79 found that those patients who had...
  • Hip replacement surgery reduces lower back pain Baylor college of medicine logoHip replacement surgery could help to relieve lower back pain, a new study has suggested.A small study carried out in American and Israeli spinal centres has revealed that total hip replacement...
  • Exercise before joint replacement ops aids recovery Knee and hip replacement - exerciseIncreased exercise prior to hip and knee replacement procedures can reduce the need for inpatient rehabilitation, a study has shown.Researchers found that patients who had participated in water and...
  • Drug users warned of dental health risks American dental association (ADA) logoUsers of the drug methamphetamine are being warned that they could be doing serious damage to their teeth.The drug, also known as meth, crystal and speed, is used mainly by people between the ages of...
  • Prostate cancer treatment increases diabetes risk Harvard school of medicine logoMen receiving the most common treatment for prostate cancer are 44 per cent more likely to develop diabetes, according to experts.Scientists at the Harvard Medical School noticed that the...
  • Diabetes, not obesity, leads to acute organ failure Diabetes UK logoPatients suffering from diabetes are at a much higher risk of critical illnesses and premature death, regardless of whether they are obese or not, according to a new study.Research carried out by the...
  • Density of breast tissue linked to breast cancer risk Body Enrich - BreastThe density of tissues within the breast is a key determinant of breast cancer, a new study has shown.A paper published in today's Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports that breasts with...
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