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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.
  • Easy steps to make a healthy Christmas dinner Christmas dinnerChristmas may be a time for over-indulging, but experts point out that Christmas Day itself can actually be one of the healthiest of the year.The British Dietetic Association suggests that Christmas...
  • Sperm gene discovery may impact infertility treatment Sperm fertilising eggA gene has been discovered that may play an important role in the development of sperm.A report published in the journal Nature reveals that mice bred without the Jhdma2a gene had unusually small...
  • Smoking age in Ireland could be raised Smoking age in Ireland could be raisedDoctors in Northern Ireland have welcomed the launch of the executive's consultation into raising the age for the purchase of tobacco products.Health minister Michael McGimpsey has invited views on...
  • Pounds 'should not pile on' for pregnant women Pounds should not pile on for pregnant womenPregnant women should aim to limit the overall amount of weight they put on, according to the findings of new research.The largest population-based study into weight gain during pregnancy carried out...
  • Rise of the 100-year-old people Rise of the 100-year-old people The number of people living for over 100 years in England and Wales has risen to its highest ever level, highlighting the need for good care of the elderly.Official figures released by the Office for...
  • Reasons people have cosmetic surgery liposuction is safeA person's level of body satisfaction does not appear to influence whether or not they decide to have cosmetic surgery, experts have said.A study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery...
  • Quick return to work for obesity surgery patients Obese - zip fasteningPatients who undergo obesity surgery may be more likely to return to work than obese patients who choose not to undergo surgery, researchers have said.A study report published in the Archives of...
  • Psychiatric evaluation urged before obesity surgery Psychiatric evaluation urged before obesity surgery Nearly a fifth of patients undergoing obesity surgery have not had a psychiatric assessment prior to surgery, a new study has found.Researchers found that 18 per cent of 500 obesity surgery patients...
  • Pre-obesity-surgical weight loss linked to shorter hospital stay Pre-obesity-surgical weight loss linked to shorter hospital stayPatients who lose between five and ten per cent of their excess body weight prior to obesity surgery tend to spend less time in hospital after the procedure, researchers have said.The team of...
  • Bath emollients popular 'despite lack of research' Bath emollients popular 'despite lack of research' Although healthcare professionals recommend the use of bath products to ease the symptoms of eczema there is no research to back up its effectiveness, according to a report.Medical News Today (MNT),...
  • Pancreatic cancer risks reduced by apples Pancreatic cancer risks reduced by applesApples and onions have been shown to be beneficial in preventing pancreatic cancer, according to new research.The study into flavanols quercetin, kaempferol and myricetin revealed that people who eat...
  • Obesity risk for 'moderately active' Britons Obesity risk for moderately activeHealth guidelines issued by the government need to be modified to ensure the health and fitness levels of Britons are improved, it has been claimed.Research conducted by scientists at the University...
  • Obesity 'an independent risk factor' in oesophagus cancer development Obesity risk factor in oesophagus cancerPeople who are obese are significantly more likely to develop oesophagus cancer than those of a healthy weight, it has been found.More specifically, those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more...
  • Obesity 'epidemic' increasing risk of cancer Obesity 'epidemic' increasing risk of cancer The number of men and women under the age of 45 who are morbidly obese has doubled in the last ten years, it has been revealed.A study conducted by Cancer Research found that the proportion of men...
  • Obesity danger: winter eating advice Obesity danger: winter eating adviceBritons who find it hard to say no to food may welcome some handy tips on how to avoid weight gain this winter.According to the British Nutrition Foundation, people gain an average of 2kg (5lbs) in...
  • 'No more stigma' attached to male cosmetic surgery 'No more stigma' attached to male cosmetic surgery The number of men opting to have cosmetic surgery is on the rise and there is no longer a stigma attached to undergoing procedures, according to one contented patient.Alan Duncan, a 37-year-old...
  • New polymer provides better hip replacement material Hip surgeryResearchers have found a new polymer that could improve the artificial joints used in hip replacement surgery.Many patients with arthritis choose to undergo hip replacement surgery in order to...
  • Men need more botox than women 'No more stigma' attached to male cosmetic surgery A new review has concluded that men who are undergoing botox treatment to improve the appearance of their skin tend to need higher doses than women in order to achieve similar results.The review,...
  • New cancer treatment technology: update New cancer treatment technology: update Scientists at the University of Newcastle have developed a new technique which makes use of UV light to target cancer tumours.The cancer treatment involves the cloaking of antibodies which can...
  • More obese people than starving people obese manThere has been a huge rise in demand for people seeking obesity surgery. BMI Healthcare bariatric surgeon Mr Roger Ackroyd claims that back in 2001 he had just eight obesity surgery patients ...
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