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News : September 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • New keyhole heart surgery may benefit thousands Heart surgery - prosthetic valve implantSurgeons at King's College London have performed a new procedure in which a replacement valve is inserted directly into the heart via keyhole surgery, the BBC reports.Experts suggest that the...
  • Obesity surgery can improve sleep obese man sleepingObesity surgery has been shown to have a number of health benefits in addition to the intended weight loss.According to Spanish researchers, obesity surgery can significantly reduce and even stop...
  • New alternative to traditional liposuction Beauty in Prague - liposuctionCosmetic surgeons are now offering a new alternative to the traditional liposuction procedure, which enables consumers to be treated as outpatients.The SmartLipo technology uses a laser to melt fat...
  • Mould-free homes good for asthma strawberry mouldAsthma patients can help to ease their symptoms by ensuring that they live in a mould-free environment, researchers have claimed.A study by experts at Cardiff University has found that asthma...
  • Minority of children get enough exercise Children don't get enough exerciseA tiny proportion of children are getting the recommended amount of daily exercise, researchers have said.According to experts at the University of Bath, 95 per cent of boys and 99.6 per cent of...
  • Men choose cosmetic surgery over exercise couch potato: men prefer cosmetic surgery to exerciseOne in four men would consider cosmetic surgery to improve their looks, despite the fact that nearly half admit that they do not exercise regularly or eat healthily, a Sunday Telegraph survey has...
  • Patients reminded of medical tourism risks MRSA bugMedical tourism can be a safe and affordable way to have an operation, but patients should be aware of the potential risks associated with surgery, a private company has said.A growing number of...
  • Study confirms safety of liposuction liposuction is safeA new study has provided reassuring data on liposuction, a cosmetic surgery procedure often chosen by people who wish to reduce their body fat.Experts at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical...
  • DoH figures reveal infertility treatment variation infertility - woman checking pregnancy testNew figures from the Department of Health (DoH) have shown that fertility centres across the UK greatly differ in the criteria needed to get access to IVF treatment.The survey from the DoH looked at...
  • Womb lining plays role in obese women's infertility Obese - zip fasteningSpanish researchers have reported that the lining of the uterus, or the endometrium, may be a significant factor in explaining some obese women's infertility, according to Reuters.Typically, women...
  • Indian hospitals treating rejected NHS patients India Indian hospital treats rejected NHS patientsHospitals in India are seeing more and more patients from the UK, thanks to cost-effective procedures and the problems of treatment availability on the NHS, experts have said.According to the Taj...
  • Improved skin cancer treatments in the UK skin cancer preventionResearchers at Queen's University in Belfast have conducted a study into a new jet injection system that has the potential to significantly improve skin cancer treatment.The needle-free system...
  • Low-income families more likely to need obesity treatment low income families need obesity treatmentLow-income groups face particular difficulties that make it more likely that individuals will become overweight and need obesity treatment, experts have said.A spokeswoman for the British Nutrition...
  • Improved safety linked to rise in cosmetic surgery cosmetic surgeryExperts suggest that the increase in demand for cosmetic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic treatments is being accompanied by ongoing improvements in the safety and efficacy of procedures.According...
  • Pensioner chooses Poland for hip replacement queue jumpA pensioner has returned to the UK after visiting Poland for a hip replacement.William Foreman, a 66-year-old from Suffolk, decided to shun the NHS after experiencing problems with waiting lists,...
  • Figures show rise in private dentistry Rise in dentistryNew figures have revealed that a significant proportion of dentists' earnings are not coming from NHS dentistry, indicating that many have moved into private dentistry.Less than 42 per cent of...
  • Expert highlights convenience of non-surgical treatments Botox: Expert highlights convenience of non-surgical treatmentsThe ease and low cost of non-surgical cosmetic treatments are contributing to their rising popularity, according to the UK's largest cosmetic surgery group.Shami Choudry, PR manager for Transform,...
  • Doctors trial new laser eye surgery laser eye surgeryExperts are testing a new laser eye surgery device that is designed to improve upon the current treatment for glaucoma.Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the western world and...
  • Child asthma sufferers 'not getting best drugs' asthmaSome doctors are failing to follow the British Thoracic Society's (BTS) prescriptions guidance, meaning that children are not being given the most suitable asthma medication, a study has...
  • Life-changing events lead to renewed interest in appearance Life changing events lead to interest in appearanceChildbirth, significant weight loss and divorce trigger efforts to improve health, fitness and physical appearance for many women, a new study has found.Researchers at the National Women's Health...
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