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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.
  • Belgian hospital using new, precise cancer treatment Cancer treatment - IGRTPatients undergoing cancer treatment in Belgium can now receive a new form of radiotherapy which is more precise in the way it targets tumours.Offered at the University Hospital at Leuven, the...
  • Study finds gastric bypass more effective than banding Gastric bypass procedures result in greater weight loss in severely obese patients than gastric banding procedures, according to a new study. The most common form of gastric bypass, the laparoscopic...
  • Tooth whitening on the increase dental floss smileA growing number of people are seeking out tooth whitening treatment, a trend which is thought to be down to greater numbers giving up smoking after the public ban.A survey by the British Academy of...
  • Tooth whitening increase since smoking ban ashtray: tooth whitening increase since smoking banThere has been a 12% increase in tooth whitening treatments since the start of the smoking ban.Figures, published in Which? magazine today (Thursday) suggest that there has been a surge in the number...
  • New eye technology detects AMD risk eyeA new technology is being offered by a private eye doctor that can detect an individual's risk of developing age related macular degeneration (AMD) , an incurable eye disease that leads to vision...
  • 'Natural and impressive' tooth whitening 'Natural and impressive' tooth whitening Teeth may well bear the brunt of daily doses of black coffee and red wine, but there is no longer any excuse for putting up with the stains, according to one satisfied patient.Writing in the Daily...
  • Doctors question value of diabetes self-monitoring diabeticA report in the online version of the British Medical Journal has questioned the value of self-monitoring among patients with diabetes, after many revealed that they do not bother with the...
  • Hungary proves a hit for dental treatment Dental treatment in HungaryA growing number of British people are recognising the benefits of travelling to Europe for private dental treatment amid the ongoing NHS dentistry crisis.The recent introduction of a new dental...
  • MRSA: Hospital superbugs fuel patient concerns BUPA small logoThe threat of MRSA and other hospital superbugs is leading many patients in the UK to seek private treatment.Recent government research revealed that nearly 150 babies and children suffered...
  • New gastric band makes obesity treatment less invasive Obesity gastric banding - easybandA new procedure should help to make obesity treatment much less uncomfortable for patients.Conventional gastric banding involves placing an adjustable silicon ring around the stomach, thereby...
  • German spa hotels provide post-op relaxation Bonn, GermanyA growing number of tourists are travelling to Germany for medical treatment, fuelled by a desire to escape UK hospital waiting lists.The country's hosting of the recent football world cup, in which...
  • Malta popular with UK medical tourists Malta - skorba templesMedical tourism is becoming a sizeable industry in Malta thanks to growing frustration with long NHS waiting lists in the UK and patients' desire to avoid the risk of MRSA in British hospitals, it...
  • Obesity surgery patients 'at risk of kidney stones' Mayo Clinic logoPatients who have undergone obesity surgery may be more likely to suffer from kidney stones, researchers have warned.Specialists at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine found that patients who had...
  • Alcohol-related deaths double within 15 years More than twice as many people are now dying from alcohol-related illnesses as in 1991, new figures have shown.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the number of men and women...
  • Michael Owen's fast hernia recovery due to medical tourism Michael Owen's fast hernia recovery due to medical tourismWith England facing Estonia at Wembley on October 13th, followed by a return match against Russia four days later in Moscow in the European Championship qualifying matches, top football striker...
  • Medical tourism saves you thousands, but do your research Britons save thousands on treatment abroadThe rapid growth of medical tourism has allowed Britons to save thousands of pounds on medical procedures. By travelling abroad for medical treatment, be it cosmetic surgery, dentistry or elective...
  • Americans save money with treatment abroad Latvia - doctor money in pocketThe financial rewards of travelling abroad for medical treatment are so great that more and more Americans are choosing to have their operations overseas. In a country where only one in five people...
  • Obesity surgery gives women pregnancy hope BOSPA logoA growing number of severely overweight women are turning to obesity surgery in the hopes of increasing their chances of becoming pregnant.Consultant Steve Pollard told BBC News that around 30,000...
  • Patients 'not to treat obesity surgery as a cure' BOSPA logoObesity surgery is an effective way of assisting with weight loss but surgeons warn that patients should not treat it as a cure.Explaining the form of surgery known as gastric banding to the Times,...
  • Medication needs of obesity surgery patients highlighted Obesity treatment - gastric bypass Patients who have undergone obesity surgery need to ensure that they are absorbing the necessary medications and nutrients, a new study has found.Published in the October 1st edition of the American...
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