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News : October 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Exercise may prevent knee replacement surgery Exercise may prevent need for knee surgeryAustralian researchers have found that cardiovascular exercise may help to maintain the condition of the knee joint, reducing the likelihood of osteoarthritis (OA) and thereby also slimming a...
  • Elderly 'more likely to need skin cancer treatment' skin cancer preventionThe likelihood of developing skin cancer increases with age, meaning that elderly people may be more likely to need skin cancer treatment, an expert has said.According to Nina Goad, a spokeswoman for...
  • Diabetes rates on the rise diabeticThe number of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing as a direct result of growing obesity levels, figures have shown.According to government data, the overall rate of diabetes increased from 5.8...
  • The future of cosmetic surgery to be discussed Botox injectionPlastic surgeons will gather in Baltimore next month to discuss the evolving nature of the industry, it has been reported.The American Society of Plastic Surgeons' (ASPS) annual meeting, which is...
  • Coronary disease may help heart during operations Heart surgery - prosthetic valve implantHeart disease could alter the organ in such a way as to make it more adept at coping with the rigors associated with a particular type of surgery, it has been suggested.Mice with symptoms of heart...
  • Increasing number of Britons going on a 'nip and tuck holiday' liposuction is safeDuring 2006, more than 50,000 Brits travelled abroad for low cost medical treatments, with cosmetic surgery and dentistry at the top of most people's holiday itinerary, according to an independent...
  • DNA testing improves cervical cancer screening DNA tests improve cervical cancer screeningA clinical trial has revealed that testing for the DNA of human papillomavirus, when combined with a pap smear, improves detection of lesions that can lead to cervical cancer.The study, conducted by...
  • Chlamydia awareness on the rise One in ten girls have sexual infectionA growing number of people are aware of chlamydia, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.Data show that 84 per cent of men and 92 per cent of women now know that chlamydia...
  • Breast cancer charity calls for complementary therapy research Breast cancer charity calls for complementary therapy research Breakthrough Breast Cancer has called for more research into complementary therapies, as the charity claims more than 60 per cent of breast cancer patients use them alongside their conventional...
  • Calcium could prevent breast cancer bone risk Dietary calcium could prevent breast cancer bone risk A glass of milk a day could prevent the spread of breast cancer to bones, according to new research.Researchers at the Anzac Research Institute in Australia found that calcium deficiency could...
  • Britons borrow £1.4bn in loans for cosmetic surgery woman considering plastic surgeryBritons are set to borrow £1.4 billion in loans this year in a bid to fund their desire for cosmetic surgery, financial experts have said.According to researchers at Abbey Loans, 918,000 Brits intend...
  • Breast cancer link to mothers with large hips Breast cancer risk if mother had wide hipsDaughters of women with wide, round hips may be more likely to develop breast cancer, it has been found.Researchers discovered that cancer rates were three times higher in women whose mothers had...
  • Breast cancer awareness highlighted Study reveals widespread breast cancer confusionBreast Cancer Awareness month is focusing on the acute need for women to be breast-aware via a host of events.A women's action sports event and fashion show in Denver will be graced by the presence...
  • Botox may benefit spinal surgery patients Botox may benefit spinal surgery patients Patients who have recently undergone spinal surgery may benefit from injections of botox, an expert has claimed.According to Dr Christopher Smith, assistant professor of urology at Baylor College of...
  • Age and breast cancer: women still unaware Study reveals widespread breast cancer confusionAn "alarming" number of women are unaware of the link between age and breast cancer, meaning that many may not be diagnosed and receive cancer treatment until the disease has progressed, experts have...
  • Acupuncture 'not advisable' during infertility treatment AcupunctureResearchers have warned that women should avoid having acupuncture while receiving infertility treatment.Experts at the University of Oklahoma conducted a study on 97 patients, all of whom were...
  • Abortion and breast cancer link: latest news Abortion and breast cancer link: latest newsWomen who choose to have an abortion before the birth of their first child have an increased risk of breast cancer it has been claimed.A study which is published in the Journal of American Physicians...
  • Drinking alcohol on holiday may invalidate travel insurance Don't get drunk on holiday: Alcohol 'invalidates' travel insuranceInsurance has a reputation of being dull and boring. Insurers are doing their best to be killjoys. If you drink while on holiday, even if not drunk, insurers may refuse to cover you for any...
  • New travel insurance policy for breast cancer sufferers New Travel policy for breast cancer sufferersInsurance broker Fiona Macrae has launched a travel insurance policy for women suffering from breast cancer. Cancer victim Fiona persuaded Equity Insurance to bankroll the project, which aims to cut...
  • Aetna acquires Goodhealth Worldwide AetnaAetna has completed its acquisition of Goodhealth Worldwide, a leading managing general underwriter for national and international private medical insurance. Goodhealth Worldwide will be a unit of...
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