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News : April 2010

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.

  • Friends Provident Friends Provident issues 2009 critical illness claims figuresFriends Provident paid £34.5 million in critical illness claims in 2009. Of the 624 claims; 578 (92.6%) were paid and 46 (7.4%) were declined. The percentage of claims declined due to non-disclosure...
  • defaqto The long term care challengeA recent cross party group paper on the long term care funding crisis has made a number of recommendations for resolving the current complicated and rather arbitrary system of providing long term...
  • slim teenage girl Young women 'consider cosmetic surgery'Younger generations are becoming increasingly accepting of cosmetic surgery, according to a recent survey. Research conducted by Girlguiding UK revealed that half of all 16 to 21-year-old girls would...
  • sunbed Young people 'protected from skin cancer'Young people are more likely to be protected from skin cancer following a move by the House of Lords today. The Lords passed a bill which decreed that children under the age of 18 will not be able to...
  • Tel Aviv University Women diabetics 'more likely to need cancer treatment'Women who have or develop type 2 diabetes are more likely to need cancer treatment, a new study has found. Scientists at Tel Aviv University Medical School found that women diabetics had a 25 per...
  • Pre-obesity-surgical weight loss linked to shorter hospital stay Weight worries 'more common in women'A recent report has revealed that women have a tendency to react negatively towards other women who are overweight. Published in the journal of Personality and Individual Differences, the study found...
  • obese patient with sleep problems Weight loss surgery could tackle stereotypeWeight loss surgery could help overweight people to avoid a stigma associated with being a larger size. A recent study has revealed that people's perceptions of skinny and overweight people are...
  • Walking could cut obesity levels Walking 'could cut obesity levels'Walking offers a huge range of health benefits and could even help prevent obesity. A new study has highlighted the benefits available to patients through walking, as researchers from Harvard have...
  • Orchid Cancer Appeal Vitamin D could reduce prostate cancer risk, research showsVitamin D could reduce the chances of men developing prostate cancer and needing cancer treatment, according to new research. Findings published in the International Journal of Health Geographics...
  • sunbed Charity: Addictive sunbed sessions not surprisingIt is not hard to believe that people can become addicted to indoor tanning, the British Skin Foundation has said. The charity's comment comes on the back of new research suggesting that sunbeds and...
  • Women and girls who drink during adolescence Risk of breast cancer linked to drinkingWomen and girls who drink during adolescence are more likely to develop benign breast disease, a report has suggested. Often a precursor of breast cancer, benign breast disease appeared to be...
  • Teeth whitening clinics – are they safe? Regular dentist check-ups 'advised'A medical professional has suggested that visiting the dentist on a regular basis will save problems in the long-term. However, as the Annual Dental Survey 2010 has revealed a shortage in NHS...
  • money worries Legacy of recession depression continuesHigher levels of depression have been recorded since the onset of the recession in the UK. Mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression were seen in around 47 per cent of people...
  • go to work on an egg Protein-rich breakfast 'could curb appetite'People who are struggling with obesity could benefit from a simple switch in their diets. By swapping a carbohydrate-based breakfast for one rich in proteins, dieters could reduce hunger pangs and...
  • University of Washington School of Medicine Prostate drug found to reduce cancer riskA drug that is commonly used by men with enlarged prostates could also help to reduce the risk of developing cancer in the male gland, it has been found. According to researchers at Washington...
  • Healthy food Phone counselling improves healthy eating, finds studyOffering counselling sessions over the telephone helps people increase their fruit and vegetable intake, new research has suggested. The study by scientists at the University of Michigan in the US...
  • Patients Association Patients seek private hospitals after new researchPeople needing medical treatment might be tempted to seek out a private hospital after research has found that some doctors are responsible for up to 400 patients at night.
  • Newcastle University logo New technique developed in UKScientists from Newcastle University have developed a "pioneering technique" to tackle inherited illnesses. Currently, around one in every 200 children is born with some form of health problem due to...
  • Health Protection Agency Study highlights need for new STI treatmentsA new sexual health study carried out in the UK has highlighted the need to develop new treatments for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs). According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the...
  • breast enlargement New reconstructive cosmetic surgery developedA new reconstructive cosmetic surgery technique has been developed for women who have suffered from breast cancer. Surgeons at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland researched...
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