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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.
  • Figures reveal extent of underage drinking problem Don't get drunk on holiday: Alcohol 'invalidates' travel insuranceOne in ten patients admitted to hospital with alcohol problems is under 18, new figures show. A total of 8,494 under-18s were admitted to hospital through drink in 2007, representing a greater than...
  • Consumer watchdog criticises cosmetic surgery deals Cosmetic surgeryConsumer magazine Which? has claimed that some cosmetic surgery clinics are persuading people to make a rushed decision about whether to have a procedure by offering money-off deals that have a...
  • Obesity surgery 'should be last resort' for children Obese - zip fasteningGastric bands should be considered a last resort in the treatment of obese children, British experts have claimed.The obesity surgery has been regarded as a success in the US and the National...
  • Obesity surgery in Brazil is "modern, affordable and safe" Brazilian flagThe number of overweight people in Brazil is, as in so many countries, growing. But many people are now taking action to increase weight loss.According to Dr Roberto Rizzi, a specialist in obesity...
  • New weight loss procedure 'an effective alternative' Obesity surgery journal logoSurgeons believe that a new procedure could provide an alternative to gastric bypass when used as a revision procedure following gastric banding.Between six and 15 per cent of gastric band patients...
  • WHO warns of health risks for long-haul travellers World Health OrganisationNew travel health advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that flying long-haul can double the risk of developing blood clots, and potentially fatal deep vein thrombosis...
  • NICE gives draft approval for smoking cessation pills Health insurance risks - smokingSmokers could soon have NHS access to a drug which manufacturers claim can help them quit the habit.Draft approval for the use of Varenicline (Champix) has been granted by the National Institute for...
  • Smoking ban enjoys public support Man smoking a cigaretteThe majority of British people support a ban on smoking in public places, a national survey has revealed.According to figures collated by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), 77 per cent of...
  • 'Smart drugs' to improve rheumatoid arthritis treatment National institute for health and clinical excellence NICE logoPatients with rheumatoid arthritis may be able to benefit from a new generation of 'smart drugs', which slow the progression of the disease and reduce symptoms by up to 50 per cent.The painful...
  • Obesity surgery may increase alcohol sensitivity Stanford University School of Medicine Patients who undergo obesity surgery may find themselves getting drunk faster and taking longer to sober up, researchers have found.A study by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine...
  • High blood pressure 'the biggest stroke risk factor' Stroke AssociationPeople should check their blood pressure regularly in order to help prevent against stroke, a national charity has said.According to the Stroke Association, which funds research into prevention,...
  • Stroke patients given surgery hope Johns Hopkins University logoPatients undergoing stroke rehabilitation may benefit from a surgical technique which addresses facial weakness.Facial paralysis can result in the loss of voluntary movement of the muscles on one...
  • Woman denied obesity surgery threatens court action Obese personA woman who has been turned down for potentially life-saving obesity surgery on the NHS in Scotland is threatening to take her local health board to court.Laura Brown, a 34-year-old whose body mass...
  • Private clinics defend health MOTs Healthcare NowHealth MOTs are slowly being introduced on the NHS, but the assessments have long been available at private clinics across the UK.For a few hundred pounds, patients can pay to be thoroughly examined...
  • DIY test may enable timely bowel cancer treatment Cancer research logoCancer Research UK, a charity dedicated to research into cancer treatment, has announced that people who use a self-testing kit may be significantly less likely to die from bowel cancer.These kits...
  • Daily pint boosts bowel cancer risk Cancer research logoDrinkers who enjoy a daily pint of beer may be more likely to need bowel cancer treatment, scientists from Cancer Research UK have found.The Epic study, funded by Cancer Research UK, the Medical...
  • Woman is oldest hip replacement patient Hip surgeryA 101-year-old woman has become the oldest patient ever to have a hip replacement operation.Lily Wauters, from Staffordshire, was in constant pain before undergoing the procedure at Sutton...
  • Third of couples experience fertility problems pregnant womanMore than £1 billion is being spent on infertility treatment by couples in the UK, with more than one in three now thought to experience fertility problems.The latest National Fertility Survey,...
  • Tangerine peel may provide new cancer treatment tangerine peelResearchers believe that they may be able to develop a new cancer treatment from tangerine peel, having isolated a compound that can kill some cancer cells.Presenting their findings at the British...
  • Surgeons back smaller breast reductions Surgeons back smaller breast reductionsCosmetic surgery experts have found that breast reduction surgery can provide significant health benefits for smaller-framed women.Although small women have proportionally smaller breasts than large...
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