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News : February 2008

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Liposuction demand expected to rise liposuction is safeThe number of people undergoing liposuction is likely to rise as the procedure becomes less invasive and more effective, an expert has claimed.The assertion centres around a new procedure that is...
  • Friends Provident enters business protection market Friends ProvidentFriends Provident has become the latest insurer to enter into the business protection market. It has launched a Business Protection Plan which includes level and decreasing life cover with or without...
  • ExpatPlus from Vanbreda International: new in 2008 Vanbreda International logoExpatPlus 2008 plan: Higher benefits Home nursing: number of days are increased up to 100 days for plan Universe.Medical appliances: compensation is increased with €500 for plans Orbit and...
  • Cost of long term care predicted to double in 20 years Saga logoResearch by Saga predicts that the future average cost of a 4 year stay in a care home is set to double from £112,312 to £223,476 in the next 20 years. This figure is based on today's cost increased...
  • Millions of Britons would consider cosmetic surgery Cosmetic surgeryThe latest survey of attitudes towards cosmetic surgery suggests that nearly half of Britons would consider going under the knife in the name of beauty.Research from Mintel found that 44 per cent...
  • Chemical peels effective against acne I care for my body - closeup of face of reclining womanChemical peels that use alpha-hydroxy acid or beta-hydroxy acid are effective at treating mild to moderate facial acne researchers have found.Experts at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine...
  • 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...
  • Three out of four Brits have no will power Friends ProvidentThree quarters of people in the UK do not have a will - leaving their families walking a financial tightrope when they die, says new research from Friends Provident. James Ward, director 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...
  • BMI Healthcare acquires nine new hospitals BMI HealthcareBMI Healthcare has acquired nine hospitals across England, it has emerged.The private healthcare group has purchased hospitals in Birmingham, Bury St Edmonds, north London, Gerrards Cross, Harrogate,...
  • Vaccine 'could halt' prostate cancer Prostate cancer: What is a PSA test?An experimental prostate cancer vaccine has stopped development of the disease in 90 per cent of test cases on mice, it has been reported.Researchers from California tested the new vaccine on 20 mice...
  • UK engineers develop hip joint innovation Knee replacement patient - BelgiumBritish engineers have designed a new set of replica joints for use in hip replacement procedures, it has been reported.Experts at Exeter University used advanced computer design systems to develop a...
  • Teens at risk of skin cancer from sunbeds sun tan sunbathe burn beach A new survey has revealed that 60 per cent of teenage girls in Liverpool may need skin cancer treatment in the future as a result of using sunbeds.Sunbeds emit UV rays, which have been shown to...
  • Stress may hinder immune response to cancer Stress may hinder immune response to cancerWomen who are stressed may be less able to fight the virus that causes many cases of cervical cancer, scientists have found.Certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) increase the risk of...
  • Stem cell transplants could transform knee surgery knee injuriesScientists are trying to develop a new form of stem cell transplant that would revolutionise the way in which damaged bones and cartilage are mended.Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are...
  • Spinal surgery 'better than non-surgical options' Nitin Patel spinal surgeryA new study has found that spinal surgery is more beneficial for patients with a condition called spinal stenosis than non-surgical treatment options.Spinal stenosis occurs when the passage in the...
  • Spanish youngsters keen to go under knife Surgeons back smaller breast reductionsYoung people in Spain are increasingly opting to undergo cosmetic surgery, reports suggest.One of the nation's daily newspapers, El Pais, reveals that around 400,000 Spanish people have cosmetic...
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