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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.
  • Majority of women 'would consider cosmetic surgery' cosmetic surgeryThe majority of women would consider having cosmetic surgery, a new survey has revealed.Research conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that 48 per cent of the women...
  • Laser surgery improvements 'allows more patients to be treated' laser eye surgeryImprovements in the Lasik (Laser in Situ Keratomileusis) method of eye surgery could mean more people can be treated, it has been reported.A "one treatment fits all" mantra has until now...
  • Korea mulls medical tourism complex South Korea FlagA new complex designed to cater specifically for tourists seeking treatment abroad is being considered by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in Korea.The city is currently working on a feasibility...
  • Gene variation may increase need for liver cancer treatment cancer cellA single gene variation found in those suffering from cirrhosis of the liver could greatly increase their risk of developing a liver tumour, according to new research.The study conducted at the...
  • Immune cells found to promote blood vessel formation Create Health - baby and parentResearchers have identified immune cells that appear to promote the formation of new blood vessels, a discovery that could lead to new methods of infertility treatment.Around 15 per cent of women of...
  • Half of women would consider cosmetic surgery Cosmetic surgery guide - laser skin treatmentOver half of young women admit that they would have cosmetic surgery to improve their looks, a new survey has revealed.The research, conducted by BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat and 1extra's TXU, also...
  • Vietnam enters medical tourism industry Vietnamese flagVietnam's first medical tourism resort has now opened in the southern seaside town of Vung Tau.Medicoast opened on February 11th and is now offering full travel packages, combining professional...
  • History of STD linked to prostate cancer risk Men with a history of gonorrhoea are more likely to develop prostate cancer, according to new research.A study of African-American men between the ages of 40 and 79 found that those patients who had...
  • HPV screening may give better results than pap smear Mother with childWomen who have an HPV test to detect the early signs of cervical cancer may be less likely to need cancer treatment in the future than those who have a traditional pap smear, it has emerged.A new...
  • HPV immunisation scheme to combat cervical cancer HPV immunisation scheme to combat cervical cancerA new immunisation scheme is likely to reduce the number of women requiring cervical cancer treatment.The government has announced that, as of September 2008, girls between the ages of 12 and 13 will...
  • Hip fracture risk for prostate cancer victims hip fracture risk for prostate cancer sufferersMen who have prostate cancer have an increased chance of suffering a hip fracture, it has been revealed.A study conducted on more than 60,000 men found that those who have prostate cancer are around...
  • Fatty foods link to ovarian cancer Fatty food link to ovarian cancerWomen could reduce their risk of contracting ovarian cancer by modifying their diet to ensure it is low in fat, it has been found.Results from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Dietary Modification...
  • Expert extols benefits of obesity treatment Obese manObesity treatment can bring "considerable benefit" to patients with few side effects, the National Obesity Forum has said.The comments coincide with the publication of a government-commissioned...
  • Exercise may prevent knee replacement surgery Exercise may prevent need for knee surgeryAustralian researchers have found that cardiovascular exercise may help to maintain the condition of the knee joint, reducing the likelihood of osteoarthritis (OA) and thereby also slimming a...
  • Elderly 'more likely to need skin cancer treatment' skin cancer preventionThe likelihood of developing skin cancer increases with age, meaning that elderly people may be more likely to need skin cancer treatment, an expert has said.According to Nina Goad, a spokeswoman for...
  • Hip replacement surgery reduces lower back pain Baylor college of medicine logoHip replacement surgery could help to relieve lower back pain, a new study has suggested.A small study carried out in American and Israeli spinal centres has revealed that total hip replacement...
  • Diabetes rates on the rise diabeticThe number of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing as a direct result of growing obesity levels, figures have shown.According to government data, the overall rate of diabetes increased from 5.8...
  • Exercise before joint replacement ops aids recovery Knee and hip replacement - exerciseIncreased exercise prior to hip and knee replacement procedures can reduce the need for inpatient rehabilitation, a study has shown.Researchers found that patients who had participated in water and...
  • Drug users warned of dental health risks American dental association (ADA) logoUsers of the drug methamphetamine are being warned that they could be doing serious damage to their teeth.The drug, also known as meth, crystal and speed, is used mainly by people between the ages of...
  • Extra gene copies reduce cancer risk Cancer research logoPeople with Down's syndrome may be less likely to need cancer treatment, researchers have claimed.A study by scientists at Johns Hopkins University found that the additional copy of chromosome 21...
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