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News: August 2006

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Breast cancer patients skip medication Breast cancer - breast examinationOver half of women undergoing breast cancer treatment admit to not taking their medication properly, according to new research.Of the 131 women questioned by a Cancer Research UK team, 72 said they...
  • Government policy 'worrying' for patient safety Patient safety is being compromised by financial and target-driven motives, according to the shadow health secretary, Andrew Lansley.Figures from the Conservative Party show that the number of people...
  • Obesity vaccine one step closer to reality Obesity surgery LAP_BANDA new vaccine has been shown to lead to decreased weight gain and less body fat in animal models and has the potential to be effective in the fight against obesity.Scientists at the Scripps Research...
  • Genetic defect may prevent 'full' feeling Obesity treatment - gastric bandingNearly six per cent of morbidly obese patients have a genetic defect which prevents them from feeling full, regardless of how much they have eaten.Researchers at the University of Florida have...
  • Obesity treatment launched in UK Sanofi Aventis - logoA new obesity treatment was launched in the UK yesterday, providing hope for severely overweight patients.The new Sanofi-Aventis drug, Acomplia, blocks receptors involved in the metabolism of glucose...
  • Britons ignorant of link between obesity and cancer Cancer research logoThe UK is largely oblivious to the fact that being overweight increases the risk of cancer, according to a new survey, with people considering appearance to be a more important benefit of losing...
  • One third of Britons will be obese by 2010 Obesity - obese manOne in three people in the UK will be dangerously overweight within the next four years, according to a new government report. Department of Health predictions, due to be published this week, suggest...
  • NHS dental treatment : 62% expect NHS dentistry to get worse Jinemed Hospital dentistryNearly two thirds of people believe NHS dentistry will get worse or completely disappear within the next five years, new research has shown.A survey by health plan provider HSA has revealed that 62...
  • New spinal fusion operation reduces risks Spinal fusion surgeryA pioneering, minimally-invasive form of spinal fusion surgery can help to reduce the risks associated with the procedure.Around 5,000 patients with lower back pain undergo spinal fusion surgery each...
  • NHS dental treatment : NHS looks overseas to beat dentist deficit Jinemed Hospital dentistryThe NHS is attempting to overcome its severe dental crisis by sourcing an increasing number of dentists from overseas, new figures have shown.One in five NHS dentists received their qualifications...
  • Mushroom 'could help in fight against cancer' Prostate cancer CT scanCancer treatment could be boosted by the addition of a mushroom that has been used in east Asian medicine for centuries, according to a new study.A research team at the Boston University School of...
  • Morning surgery 'safer' Duke University hospitalAccording to new research patients who undergo surgery in the morning are less likely to suffer complications compared to counterparts who go under the knife in the afternoon.The researchers at Duke...
  • Longer life means more knee problems Knee treatment - Supartz, joint fluid therapyThe growing number of patients requiring treatment for osteoarthritis is prompting healthcare professionals to search for new, less invasive treatments.Now that people are living longer, many more...
  • India gets new, less invasive hip replacement implant Hip surgeryMedical tourists considering travelling to India for orthopaedic treatment now have the option of an innovative new hip implant which is said to last longer and be less painful.Proxima, an advanced...
  • GBS (Group B Streptococcus ) test available in private clinics Home birth - GBS testWomen should be made aware of a routine test which could alert doctors to a potentially serious condition in their unborn child, according to a mother whose baby was left with cerebral palsy...
  • Surgical repair of 'funnel chest' boosts CV performance Funnel chest surgerySurgery to repair 'funnel chest', a common chest wall birth defect, could improve cardiovascular function.The condition, known in medical circles as pectus excavatum, affects around one in 1,000...
  • BOTOX treatment could limit facial wound scarring Mayo Clinic logoTreating a facial wound with BOTOX Cosmetic helps to improve the appearance of the resulting scar, according to a study.Researchers at Mayo Clinic have found that administering an injection of BOTOX...
  • Exactech defends its knee replacements AEP - Knee operationExactech's Optetrak knee system has superior wear characteristics, according to the results of laboratory tests which simulated normal walking conditions.The company said that its knee system, which...
  • Elderly and vulnerable affected by NHS cuts in care budgets Elderly lady in care homeConcern has today been expressed about a recent report claiming that local councils are being forced to cut social care because of NHS deficits.Julian Brazier, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable, said...
  • NHS dental treatment : Demand for company dental plans rising Cosmetic dentist in HungaryThe ongoing dispute over NHS dentists' contracts is making it even harder for patients to find a dentist in the UK and many employees are now showing an interest in company dental plans as a...
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