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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.
  • Improved skin cancer treatments in the UK skin cancer preventionResearchers at Queen's University in Belfast have conducted a study into a new jet injection system that has the potential to significantly improve skin cancer treatment.The needle-free system...
  • Low-income families more likely to need obesity treatment low income families need obesity treatmentLow-income groups face particular difficulties that make it more likely that individuals will become overweight and need obesity treatment, experts have said.A spokeswoman for the British Nutrition...
  • Norfolk patients denied obesity surgery Obesity - obese manPeople in Norfolk are being forced to seek private obesity treatment because the local NHS trust is refusing to foot the bill.Some 20,000 people in the county meet National Institute for Health and...
  • Improved safety linked to rise in cosmetic surgery cosmetic surgeryExperts suggest that the increase in demand for cosmetic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic treatments is being accompanied by ongoing improvements in the safety and efficacy of procedures.According...
  • Pensioner chooses Poland for hip replacement queue jumpA pensioner has returned to the UK after visiting Poland for a hip replacement.William Foreman, a 66-year-old from Suffolk, decided to shun the NHS after experiencing problems with waiting lists,...
  • Figures show rise in private dentistry Rise in dentistryNew figures have revealed that a significant proportion of dentists' earnings are not coming from NHS dentistry, indicating that many have moved into private dentistry.Less than 42 per cent of...
  • Expert highlights convenience of non-surgical treatments Botox: Expert highlights convenience of non-surgical treatmentsThe ease and low cost of non-surgical cosmetic treatments are contributing to their rising popularity, according to the UK's largest cosmetic surgery group.Shami Choudry, PR manager for Transform,...
  • Doctors trial new laser eye surgery laser eye surgeryExperts are testing a new laser eye surgery device that is designed to improve upon the current treatment for glaucoma.Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the western world and...
  • Child asthma sufferers 'not getting best drugs' asthmaSome doctors are failing to follow the British Thoracic Society's (BTS) prescriptions guidance, meaning that children are not being given the most suitable asthma medication, a study has...
  • Life-changing events lead to renewed interest in appearance Life changing events lead to interest in appearanceChildbirth, significant weight loss and divorce trigger efforts to improve health, fitness and physical appearance for many women, a new study has found.Researchers at the National Women's Health...
  • 'Dramatic change' in perceptions of cosmetic surgery woman considering plastic surgeryCosmetic surgery providers have noticed a definite increase in the number of people opting to have surgical procedures to improve their appearance, it has been revealed.Recent figures from the...
  • Obesity surgery to be offered to children Obese - zip fasteningExceptionally overweight children are to be offered obesity surgery on the NHS following new guidance from the government's health watchdog.The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence...
  • Marie Stopes offers Christmas contraception kits Maries Stopes - contraception and termination of pThe country's leading reproductive healthcare charity, Marie Stopes International, is offering a special Christmas Emergency Contraception kit to help women be prepared for the festive party...
  • Study reveals widespread breast cancer confusion Study reveals widespread breast cancer confusionMany women may be increasing their likelihood of needing cancer treatment by not being fully aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, a charity has claimed.According to Breakthrough Breast...
  • Avocado compound may provide new cancer treatment avocadoNew research has shown that nutrients from Hass avocados can prevent the development of oral cancer, a finding that may one day lead to a new cancer treatment.Scientists from Ohio State University...
  • Spire Healthcare acquires Classic Hospitals Spire HealthcareSpire Healthcare is set to acquire UK hospital group Classic Hospitals from LGV Capital, it has been revealed.The private healthcare group, which was formed last year from the sale of BUPA Hospitals...
  • BMI, waist size are 'good indicators of health risks' Skingenesis weight loss before and afterMeasuring a person's body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference are good indicators of potential weight-related health risks, according to UK researchers.BMI has been criticised by some doctors...
  • Vitamin D reduces pancreatic cancer risk Vitamin DRegular vitamin D intake can slash the likelihood of getting pancreatic cancer by half, researchers have said.A study has revealed that people who take vitamin D tablets are only half as likely to...
  • Many smokers unaware they have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) COPD - smokingFour fifths of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a disease associated with lung cancer, have not yet been diagnosed, a study has revealed.According to Cancer Research UK,...
  • Link found between sleeping disorders and depression Sleeping woman - sleep disordersAdults suffering from sleep disorders are more likely to develop depression, scientists have claimed.A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reveals that the onset of sleep disorders,...
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