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News : April 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • 1.6m Britons want their partner to have cosmetic surgery woman's face cosmetic surgeryMany Britons now acknowledge that they would consider cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance, with an estimated £360 million spent on cosmetic treatments in 2005.However, a new survey has...
  • Green light for over-70s brain cancer treatment cancer cellFrench researchers are recommending that elderly people with a malignant form of brain cancer should be offered aggressive treatment with radiation therapy.Doctors have previously been uncertain as...
  • Mother's puberty provides obesity prediction The age at which a mother had her first period can be used to help predict whether her children are likely to be obese, UK researchers claim.A study of 6,000 children, published by the Public Library...
  • Survey reveals death 'lottery' TelegraphResearch revealing varying death rates across the NHS could encourage many patients to consider private hospitals.A study conducted by health information service Dr Foster Research concluded that...
  • NHS maternity services 'failing' Pregnant womanNearly three quarters of negligence claims within the NHS relate to maternity services, highlighting the need to overhaul the entire system, a charity has claimed.A spokeswoman for Baby Lifeline...
  • Mediterranean diet could help reduce asthma asthma sufferer using inhalerThe Mediterranean diet has the potential to prevent children from developing asthma, medical researchers have claimed.The report, published in the medical journal Thorax, surveyed almost 700 Cretan...
  • Medical tourism keeps Kerala ahead of the game Kerala IndiaThe Indian state of Kerala thrives on its popularity as a tourism destination, with monsoon and eco-tourism contributing to the mix.However, medical tourism is one of the key industries in the region...
  • Patients to get more hip replacement choice degenerating hip xrayPatients who need knee surgery or a hip replacement will be able to attend any hospital in England, the government has said.The move, announced by ministers, is part of the government's plan to give...
  • Heart disease risk increased by salt consumption SaltLowering salt consumption can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by a quarter, new research has shown.Although it has long been accepted that eating too much salt is bad for the heart, the...
  • Genetic obesity link found obese familyScientists believe that they have found a clear genetic link to obesity, providing emotional relief for thousands of patients who lead a healthy lifestyle yet fail to lose weight.A British study...
  • Genes found to affect chemotherapy Researchers have identified genes which seem to control the impact of chemotherapy on cancer cells.The study, published in Nature and conducted by researchers from the University of Texas, found that...
  • Study reveals eye surgery MRSA threat MRSA bacteria (Methicillin resistant StaphylococcuPatients who undergo corrective eye surgery could be at risk of developing drug-resistant bacterial infections, a study has found.Researchers found methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)...
  • Hospitals buy new equipment for heavy patients Obese personThe growing number of obese patients in the UK is leading hospitals to invest in specialist equipment designed to handle the additional weight.York Hospital has spent tens of thousands of pounds on...
  • Charities call for care of the elderly debate elderly couple long term careA group of charities has called for an urgent debate on the funding of long-term care of the elderly.The Caring Choices coalition, which is run by the King's Fund, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Help...
  • Costa Rica emerging as medical tourism destination Costa Vista LandCosta Rica is fast becoming a hot location for patients in search of high-quality cut-price medical care, according to a report released today.The research, conducted by Costa Vista Land (CVL),...
  • Cosmetic surgery booming in Wales Welsh FlagThe number of people in Wales opting for cosmetic surgery has increased dramatically, according to new figures. Falling costs of plastic surgery procedures as well as improved access to treatment...
  • Cosmetic surgery loans on offer at Lebanese bank First National Bank LebanonA bank in Lebanon has recognised the demand for cosmetic surgery and is offering borrowers the chance to take out a loan to fund procedures.As in England, the number of people seeking cosmetic...
  • Cosmetic surgery ''booming'' as summer approaches Transform cosmetic logoCosmetic surgery is "booming" and the prospect of the summer months on the horizon is likely to contribute to the trend, industry insiders have claimed.According to Shami Choudhry of cosmetic surgery...
  • New ad rules to address childhood obesity obese toddlerNew rules have been introduced which will place restrictions on food and soft drink advertisements aimed at children.The Committee of Advertising Practice (Cap) announced the new rules, which are...
  • Bupa in hospital sale talks BUPA Hospitals logoBupa is considering selling its 26 hospitals, which currently look after around 800,000 patients each year.The private healthcare provider has confirmed that preliminary discussions with potential...
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