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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.
  • Skin cancer check urged, despite the weather Skin caution urged, despite the weather The British Skin Foundation is advising people to check their skin regularly in the hope that this will reduce the number of people requiring skin cancer treatment.Spokeswoman Indy Rihal pointed out...
  • NHS obesity surgeons treat only the most serious cases The NHS is suffering from such a severe shortage of specially-trained obesity surgeons that, in some areas of the UK, operations are being offered to only the most serious cases. The BBC has...
  • Rhinoplasty found to benefit transsexuals Rhinoplasty found to benefit transsexuals Patients who have undergone male-to-female gender reassignment may benefit from rhinoplasty to make their facial features more feminine, researchers have said.A report in Archives of Facial Plastic...
  • Hospital Group offers revolutionary obesity treatment Classic Hospitals Do you qualify for obesity surgery?A new form of obesity treatment is now being offered by The Hospital Group,a leading provider of weight loss surgery.Patients can now receive 'balloon implants' - silicone balloons that are inserted...
  • Physiotherapy may benefit knee replacement patients Knee xrayMedical opinion on whether or not to provide physiotherapy after a knee replacement patient has been discharged from hospital is divided, but a new study suggests it may have short-term benefits.Many...
  • Oral contraception may lower cancer risk oral contraception may lower cancer riskWomen who use oral contraception may be reducing their risk of developing cancer, experts have said.A new study by scientists at the University of Aberdeen, published in the British Medical Journal,...
  • One in ten English girls have sexually-transmitted infection One in ten girls have sexual infectionOver a tenth of English girls are infected with the sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) by the time they reach their 16th birthday, researchers have revealed.Experts from the Health...
  • New keyhole heart surgery may benefit thousands Heart surgery - prosthetic valve implantSurgeons at King's College London have performed a new procedure in which a replacement valve is inserted directly into the heart via keyhole surgery, the BBC reports.Experts suggest that the...
  • Obesity surgery can improve sleep obese man sleepingObesity surgery has been shown to have a number of health benefits in addition to the intended weight loss.According to Spanish researchers, obesity surgery can significantly reduce and even stop...
  • Local private hospital offers radical new prostate cancer test Spire Healthcare logoA new prostate cancer test that could transform the way the disease is diagnosed and treated is now available at Spire Roding Hospital, Spire Healthcare's private hospital in Redbridge near Ilford in...
  • Cervical cancer treatment to control disease The Lancet logoScientists are confident that the new cervical cancer treatments being developed will help to bring the global problem under control.The second most common form of the disease in women across the...
  • New alternative to traditional liposuction Beauty in Prague - liposuctionCosmetic surgeons are now offering a new alternative to the traditional liposuction procedure, which enables consumers to be treated as outpatients.The SmartLipo technology uses a laser to melt fat...
  • Mould-free homes good for asthma strawberry mouldAsthma patients can help to ease their symptoms by ensuring that they live in a mould-free environment, researchers have claimed.A study by experts at Cardiff University has found that asthma...
  • Minority of children get enough exercise Children don't get enough exerciseA tiny proportion of children are getting the recommended amount of daily exercise, researchers have said.According to experts at the University of Bath, 95 per cent of boys and 99.6 per cent of...
  • Men choose cosmetic surgery over exercise couch potato: men prefer cosmetic surgery to exerciseOne in four men would consider cosmetic surgery to improve their looks, despite the fact that nearly half admit that they do not exercise regularly or eat healthily, a Sunday Telegraph survey has...
  • Patients reminded of medical tourism risks MRSA bugMedical tourism can be a safe and affordable way to have an operation, but patients should be aware of the potential risks associated with surgery, a private company has said.A growing number of...
  • Study confirms safety of liposuction liposuction is safeA new study has provided reassuring data on liposuction, a cosmetic surgery procedure often chosen by people who wish to reduce their body fat.Experts at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical...
  • DoH figures reveal infertility treatment variation infertility - woman checking pregnancy testNew figures from the Department of Health (DoH) have shown that fertility centres across the UK greatly differ in the criteria needed to get access to IVF treatment.The survey from the DoH looked at...
  • Womb lining plays role in obese women's infertility Obese - zip fasteningSpanish researchers have reported that the lining of the uterus, or the endometrium, may be a significant factor in explaining some obese women's infertility, according to Reuters.Typically, women...
  • Indian hospitals treating rejected NHS patients India Indian hospital treats rejected NHS patientsHospitals in India are seeing more and more patients from the UK, thanks to cost-effective procedures and the problems of treatment availability on the NHS, experts have said.According to the Taj...
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