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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.
  • Scots seek private treatment to avoid operation waits Scotland on Sunday logoScottish patients spent £25 million on private operations last year, according to Scotland on Sunday.Over 8,500 patients without insurance spent an average of nearly £3,000 on surgical procedures,...
  • Spire Cardiff launches new stroke service Spire HealthcareSpire Cardiff Hospital has launched a new service to help reduce the number of people dying from strokes.An estimated 150,000 people have a stroke every year in the UK, making it the third most...
  • Obesity treatment prescriptions pass one million Obesity 'epidemic' increasing risk of cancer Figures show that a growing number of people are seeking prescribed obesity treatment in a serious bid to lose weight.According to data published by the Information Centre for health and social care...
  • Obesity research: "Obesity doubles the risk of cataracts" RNIB logoObese people are twice as likely to lose their sight because the additional weight puts them at a higher risk of developing certain conditions, according to a new report.A study, conducted by the...
  • Obesity surgery being 'rationed' on the NHS Obesity surgeryNHS hospitals are being forced to turn patients away because of the large number of people seeking obesity surgery.Surgeons are increasingly unable to meet the huge demand for the surgery, which...
  • Timely varicose vein treatment may prevent problems varicose veinsConsumers with varicose veins should consider getting them treated as the condition can otherwise lead to serious problems, an expert has claimed.According to Mark Whiteley, consultant vascular...
  • Newer obesity treatment more effective Obesity surgery - duodenal switchA study of different types of obesity surgery has found that a newer operation, called the duodenal switch, results in better weight loss than the standard gastric bypass procedure.Researchers from...
  • Sexual health: One in seven young men has chlamydia Sexual health - man and womanOne in seven young men between the ages of 20 and 24 are infected with chlamydia, according to figures released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).The data, which were presented at the agency's...
  • Spire Healthcare offers life-changing eye treatment Spire HealthcarePatients who are unable to access a treatment for age-related blindness can now get the treatment at 13 Spire Healthcare hospitals around the UK.Around one in eight people over the age of 85 suffer...
  • Women 'could take second pregnancy termination pill at home' Women 'could take second pregnancy termination pill at home' Evidence given to MPs conducting an enquiry into abortion legislation could result in laws on pregnancy termination in Britain being relaxed.Currently, women who choose to have a drug-induced...
  • Bupa welcomes homecare support findings Stroke RehabilitationBupa Care Homes has welcomed a report from the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), which found that under-funded services are failing to support older people in their own homes.The CSCI...
  • Wine and berry pills could help fight against cancer Red wine and berry pills help fight against cancerBritish scientists are pioneering the use of pills made from rice, berries and red wine to prevent cancerous tumours in the breast, bowel and prostate.After extensive research into the diets of...
  • BMI Healthcare offers HPV virus test Study reveals widespread breast cancer confusionWomen who want to know whether they are carrying the human papillomavirus (HPV), certain strains of which can cause cervical cancer, can now be tested at their local BMI Healthcare hospital.Routine...
  • Women can drink alcohol during pregnancy Women can drink alcohol during pregnancyA new report suggests pregnant women can safely drink a small glass of wine - or 1.5 units of alcohol - every day after the first three months of pregnancy.The advice is in stark contrast to that...
  • Twins born in UK following new infertility treatment Twins born with new infertility treatmentA new infertility treatment has been used successfully for the first time in the UK, resulting in the birth of twins.The baby boy and girl, whose names have not been released to the media, were born...
  • Womb tear risk increased by C-Section Pregnant womanWomen who have a Caesarean section are at higher risk of womb damage during a later vaginal delivery, new research has revealed.A torn womb affects nine in 1,000 women who have previously had a...
  • Swifter assessments could prevent strokes Stroke RehabilitationFewer people would need stroke rehabilitation if patients suffering so-called 'mini strokes' were assessed sooner by specialists, a study suggests.Researchers at the University of Manchester found...
  • Study of infertility in cows could help human fertility Study of infertility in cows could help human fertilityUK researchers have suggested that a discovery on how fertility in cows is affected by common womb infections may shed light on female infertility and even pave the way for a new form of infertility...
  • Surgery 'reduces death risk for prostate cancer sufferers' Surgery 'reduces death risk for prostate cancer sufferers' Men who have surgery for prostate cancer are less likely to die of the disease within a ten year period than those who pursue other treatment avenues, a new study suggests.Researchers from Geneva...
  • Obesity surgery helping women to conceive Obese personA growing number of severely overweight women are turning to obesity surgery in a bid to increase their chances of motherhood, experts have revealed.Doctors said that there has been an increase in...
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