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News : June 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Fat reduction technique available at Scottish private clinic The ScotsmanConsumers in the Scottish town of Castle Douglas can now treat themselves to a revolutionary cosmetic surgery procedure without having to travel all the way to Harley Street.The Kings Grange Clinic,...
  • Bupa Hospitals bought by private equity investors BUPA Hospitals logoCinven is to pay £1.44 billion for Bupa's 25 UK hospitals, it has emerged.The private equity group, which previously invested in private hospital group General Healthcare and owns private psychiatric...
  • WHO warns of health risks for long-haul travellers World Health OrganisationNew travel health advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that flying long-haul can double the risk of developing blood clots, and potentially fatal deep vein thrombosis...
  • NICE gives draft approval for smoking cessation pills Health insurance risks - smokingSmokers could soon have NHS access to a drug which manufacturers claim can help them quit the habit.Draft approval for the use of Varenicline (Champix) has been granted by the National Institute for...
  • Smoking ban enjoys public support Man smoking a cigaretteThe majority of British people support a ban on smoking in public places, a national survey has revealed.According to figures collated by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), 77 per cent of...
  • 'Smart drugs' to improve rheumatoid arthritis treatment National institute for health and clinical excellence NICE logoPatients with rheumatoid arthritis may be able to benefit from a new generation of 'smart drugs', which slow the progression of the disease and reduce symptoms by up to 50 per cent.The painful...
  • Tooth whitening 'should be performed by professionals' Tooth whitening can improve you looks and your conTreatments to improve the colour of teeth should ideally be carried out by a professional, a private dental practice has advised.A spokesperson for the Mermaid Clinic said that, although there are...
  • Obesity surgery may increase alcohol sensitivity Stanford University School of Medicine Patients who undergo obesity surgery may find themselves getting drunk faster and taking longer to sober up, researchers have found.A study by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine...
  • Norwich Union equity release launches national advertising campaign Affordable health insurance from Norwich UnionNorwich Union has launched a new consumer print and broadcast advertising campaign. The campaign was first aired on Channel Five at 9.30pm on 4 June and will be rolled out across all terrestrial...
  • Demand for male breast reduction surges MoobsMen are becoming more image-conscious and many are opting for breast reduction surgery, experts have revealed.According to private hospital group BMI Healthcare, the number of men seeking breast...
  • Tomorrow enhances equity release offering TomorrowTomorrow has launched an equity release lifetime mortgage online quotes system on the Tomorrow website. The online quote system will enable financial advisers to receive live quotes 24 hours a day....
  • GCC investors plan first Islamic insurer in Britain British Islamic Insurance Holdings, a company with $38mn of capital provided by Arabian Gulf investors, plans to be the first stand-alone insurer to offer UK Muslims cover that complies with their...
  • Indian men keen on cosmetic surgery India templeCosmetic surgeons in India are being kept busy with both locals and medical tourists keen to improve their appearance by going under the knife.According to Dr Hemant Saraiya, a cosmetic surgeon based...
  • High blood pressure 'the biggest stroke risk factor' Stroke AssociationPeople should check their blood pressure regularly in order to help prevent against stroke, a national charity has said.According to the Stroke Association, which funds research into prevention,...
  • Patient finds cheaper knee replacement in France knee replacementA growing number of people are travelling across the channel to France to seek treatment abroad.NHS waiting lists and fears over hospital 'super-bugs' are leading many to abandon the UK's healthcare...
  • Kerala to establish new medical tourism centre Kerala IndiaA new holistic tourism centre is to be set up in the Indian state of Kerala, offering medical treatment and visitor attractions, it has been reported.Tourism minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan revealed...
  • Iranian cosmetic surgery boom fuelled by rhinoplasty demand Cosmetic surgery has made its mark in Iran, despite sharia law forbidding women from attempting to attract male attention.Surgeons have reported growing demand for rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), which...
  • Emotional state affects hip replacement recovery Hip surgeryA patient's emotional state can affect their recovery following hip replacement surgery, a new study has found.Research by scientists at Saint Louis University found that a patient's emotional status...
  • Medical tourism package for hair launched in Brazil Rio de Janeiro BrazilA new medical tourism package designed to cater for people with hair loss has been launched in Brazil.Patients can now seek treatment abroad for baldness with Makeover Brazil, which has selected...
  • Majority of care homes 'provide a good service' Counsel and Care Standards of treatment in care homes have become an important issue following a number of widely-covered cases of abuse and neglect.However, elderly care charity Counsel and Care emphasises that the...
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