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News : December 2006

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Cost of smoking to the NHS: Smokers to be denied NHS ops Smoking a cigarettePatients who refuse to give up smoking will not receive certain operations on the NHS, health bosses have revealed.Hospitals in Norfolk and Newcastle, both of which are battling severe financial...
  • More Scots turn to private treatment Scotland emblem - thistleScotland is turning to private health coverage, and the record £105 million was spent on private medical insurance in 2005, new figures from the private sector have revealed.Health care is becoming...
  • More delays as NHS cancels 620 operations a day Department of health logoAround 162,000 operations may have been cancelled last year because of NHS administration errors.Conservative MP Grant Shapps has claimed the figure after extrapolating from information obtained...
  • Stem cells used to treat motor neurone disease Johns Hopkins University logoEarly tests of stem cells therapy in rat testing have shown they might be able to prevent or treat motor neurone disease (MND).Researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, said that rats that...
  • Obese patients barred from NHS surgery Obese manNearly a tenth of NHS hospitals have already adopted a controversial policy which excludes smokers and obese patients from certain treatments, a Sky News survey has revealed.Millions of patients...
  • Research aims to improve sleep patterns in children Sleep journal logoA new study into children suffering from sleep problems has presented a series of straightforward guidelines for concerned parents.The review of over 50 clinical studies was published in the journal...
  • Health divide splits England Department of health logoA new government report has warned that there is a "consistent 'north/south' divide" when it comes to the health of those living in England, with residents in the north demonstrating signs of poorer...
  • Causes of obesity: Food cravings likened to drug addiction Brookhaven national laboratory logoThe food cravings experienced by some obese patients are due to the same brain circuits that cause cravings in drug addicts, a study has revealed. Researchers at the US Department of Energy's...
  • Flu jab availability: Delay in flu jabs leads to NHS rationing Flu vaccinationMany patients who had hoped to get their annual flu jab on the NHS are now considering having the vaccination at a private clinic, after the government confirmed that this year's flu vaccine has been...
  • Age and breast cancer: women still unaware Study reveals widespread breast cancer confusionAn "alarming" number of women are unaware of the link between age and breast cancer, meaning that many may not be diagnosed and receive cancer treatment until the disease has progressed, experts have...
  • Acupuncture 'not advisable' during infertility treatment AcupunctureResearchers have warned that women should avoid having acupuncture while receiving infertility treatment.Experts at the University of Oklahoma conducted a study on 97 patients, all of whom were...
  • Abortion and breast cancer link: latest news Abortion and breast cancer link: latest newsWomen who choose to have an abortion before the birth of their first child have an increased risk of breast cancer it has been claimed.A study which is published in the Journal of American Physicians...
  • Gastric band offers effective obesity surgery Laparoscopic Association, San Francisco logoA surgical option for super-obese patients has been proven effective in weight reduction, according to a study released by the Laparoscopic Associates of San Francisco.Adjustable gastric banding was...
  • Amniotic-fluid embolism (AFE) : Warnings issued on drug-induced labour Lansdell Suite mother and babyDrugs that induce labour could bring on a rare but fatal syndrome in women giving birth, according to a study in the Lancet.The amniotic-fluid embolism (AFE) is a condition that occurs when a...
  • Robotic wheelchair could boost independence during rehabilitation NIST robotic wheelchairA new robotic wheelchair could help disabled people regain a greater degree of independence, according to the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).The NIST-developed wheelchair is...
  • Breast cancer care: Celebrity case 'distorts perception of breast cancer' Cosmetic surgery - breast examinationThe high-profile story of Kylie Minogue's fight against breast cancer has helped to increase public awareness of the disease but may have misled the public over the age at which it usually...
  • New medical tourism breaks for Scots Scottish consumers will be able to book new medical tourism holidays this summer, thanks to a new range of deals from Barrhead Travel.The company, which was founded by Bill Munro, plans to launch new...
  • Young people 'need better sexual health education' Sex Education ForumYoung people should be given education on sexual health before they begin having sex, the Sex Education Forum has claimed.According to the national authority on sex and relationships education, this...
  • Obesity treatment under the spotlight - Rimonabant Obese manA new weight loss drug has come under scrutiny, with experts questioning some of the claims made regarding its health benefits, it has emerged.Rimonabant, which is manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis, has...
  • Obesity surgery first for Vietnam Vietnamese flagA hospital in Vietnam has performed obesity surgery on a female patient for the first time.Surgeons at Hanoi's Viet Duc Hospital carried out the procedure on a 38-year-old unnamed woman who weighed...
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