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News : August 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Charity calls for improved care of the elderly Strand Nurses - elderly ladyA charity has called for improvements in the way Britain's elderly people are cared for following a report which shows many old people struggle with everyday activities in their own home.Help the...
  • New device detects hip replacement problems University of Bath Around 50,000 British people undergo hip replacement surgery to ease mobility and reduce pain each year, but occasionally they become loose and the patient may need further surgery.Engineers at the...
  • Test improves diagnosis of hip replacement infection Hip surgeryResearchers have developed a new diagnostic test to help detect infections around prosthetic joints such as knee and hip replacements an advance that should improve treatment and patient outcomes.A...
  • UK researchers seek eye treatment in fish eyes eyeA team of UK scientists believe that a special type of cell found in the eye may be able to regenerate damaged retina in humans.Muller glial cells have been shown to regenerate the retina in...
  • Scientists rejuvenate facial ageing theory UT Southwestern Medical CentreResearchers believe that the idea that the face ages uniformly may be incorrect, as they have now found that different parts of the face age at different rates.Scientists at UT Southwestern Medical...
  • Parents alerted to UV eye risks Guy's and Thomas' hospital - childrenChildren's eyes need to be protected from the sun as they are more sensitive than adults' eyes and could sustain permanent damage, a charity has warned.A young person's eyes have much clearer lenses,...
  • Ex-smokers 'still at risk of lung cancer' doctors consult over x-ray lung cancerNew research has shown that lung tissue can be permanently damaged by smoking, meaning that smokers who have quit still stand the possibility of getting lung cancer.The study, from the British...
  • BAAPS criticises cosmetic treatment marketing Which?Campaigners have warned that British people are being treated as 'guinea pigs' because of poor regulation of non-surgical cosmetic treatments.Which? magazine suggests that companies are testing...
  • Experts advise on cosmetic surgery treatment Rhinoplasty - nose surgeryPatients who choose to have cosmetic procedures in shopping malls, spas and walk-in clinics may be forgoing safety for convenience and bargain prices, experts have warned.Dermatologists are urging...
  • Brits have cosmetic surgery to please partners pretty woman has lip injection collagenMany British women decide to have cosmetic surgery as a way of pleasing their partner, research has found.Experts at Aberdeen University told BBC Scotland that, while American women tend to have...
  • Britons too embarrassed to discuss contraception Family Planning AssociationA third of Britons are so embarrassed by the prospect of discussing contraception with a new partner that it puts them off using a condom at all, research has found.Despite this lax attitude to the...
  • Colon cancer 'may be due to hormone deficiency' Gastroenterology journal of the AGA InstituteResearchers have found evidence to suggest that colon cancer may be a disease of hormone deficiency, meaning that hormone replacement therapy could be used as an effective cancer treatment.Writing in...
  • Low fat diet 'bad for kids' Classic Hospitals Do you qualify for obesity surgery?Parents who cut fat from their children's meals in an attempt to prevent them from needing obesity treatment may be doing more harm than good, experts have warned.A new study has found that children...
  • Research questions childhood cancer treatment The Lancet logoNew research has found the UK's cancer treatment severely lacking, with childhood cancer survival rates lagging behind the rest of Europe.According to researchers, children with cancer in the UK have...
  • Tobacco images to cut need for cancer treatment cigarette stub ashtrayThe government is introducing legislation requiring tobacco manufacturers to print graphic images on cigarette packets in a move designed to reduce smoking rates and cut the number of people...
  • Cancer survival improving, figures show Cancer research logoSurvival rates for most cancers have improved in England between 1999 and 2004, new figures have revealed.Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there have been...
  • Scottish cancer treatment wait "disappointing" Cancer research logoCancer Research UK has described new statistics on waiting times for cancer treatment in Scotland as "disappointing".The charity's comments follow the publication of the latest Cancer Waiting Times...
  • Charity stats show rise in 'lifestyle' cancer rates Smoking a cigaretteNew figures from Cancer Research UK have revealed that the number of cancers related to excessive alcohol consumption, smoking and obesity have risen sharply.Rates of mouth, womb and kidney cancers...
  • Bupa expands care home provision BUPA Hospitals logoBupa has expanded the number of places available in its care homes with the acquisition of Avalon Care Homes.The private health company now has up to 300 care homes and said the acquisition...
  • Sale of BUPA Hospitals approved BUPA Hospitals logoEuropean Union antitrust regulators have approved the proposed sale of BUPA's British hospital division to Cinven Ltd., a private equity firm also based in Britain. In a statement, the European...
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