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News : March 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Breast enlargement linked to increased self esteem Cosmetic Surgery TurkeyA new study has concluded that breast enlargement surgery could help to boost women's self esteem levels. Researchers at the University of Florida have concluded that cosmetic surgery could have the...
  • Private medical screening controls proposed Health screening Private medical screening needs to be subject to stricter regulation, government advisers believe.The National Screening Committee is currently considering how to regulate the industry amid fears...
  • Private clinics to operate in supermarkets supermarket shopping trolleyThe health minister, Patricia Hewitt, is today (March 19th) expected to announce several supermarket and high street locations at which GP surgeries will open.The move has been fuelled by reports of...
  • Obesity surgery the focus of new website BUPA small logoBUPA has launched a new website to provide detailed information for people considering obesity surgery.The new site, bupaweightloss.co.uk, has a calculator with which viewers can work out whether or...
  • Obesity surgery patients need 'correct support' The obesity awareness and solutions trustPatients who opt to undergo obesity surgery as a way of achieving weight loss need to receive the right level of support, an expert has claimed.Commenting after the revelation that 52-year-old...
  • Obesity surgery can produce memory loss Wake Forest University School of MedicineObesity surgery can lead to memory loss, confusion and the inability to coordinate movement, a new study has revealed.Researchers have found that the weight-loss surgery can cause a syndrome called...
  • NHS hip replacement patients removed from waiting list stats Hip surgeryPeople waiting for hip replacement surgery on the NHS were removed from the official waiting list figures following staff shortages in Scotland, a local GP has claimed.Patients based in Glasgow...
  • Private midwives threatened by new insurance rules Private births in LondonChanges in insurance requirements for independent midwives could lead to a lack of choice for mothers-to-be.The chief nursing officer is calling for all private midwives to obtain professional...
  • Laser liposuction 'next big thing' Laser liposuction is set to be the next big thing in fat-reducing procedures, plastic surgeons have claimed. The techniques used are minimally invasive, cause little or no bruising to surrounding...
  • Pensioner hails Indian hip replacement India templeA 70-year old man opted to travel to India to have a hip replacement rather than wait on the NHS. Pensioner John McLennan does not regret his decision to travel overseas for the operation because he...
  • Hip replacements among obese patients 'less successful' Geneva University HospitalObese patients who undergo hip replacement surgery are more likely to suffer from complications, a study has revealed.According to a paper published in Arthritis Care & Research, obese females are...
  • Hip replacement success 'could be down to genes' University of ManchesterA successful long-term hip replacement may depend on the patient's genes, researchers have found.The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester and published in the Annals of the...
  • Scots face hip replacement waits The ScotsmanScottish patients are facing lengthy delays when it comes to hip replacement operations, according to new figures.The Scotsman reports that new data shows that since 1998 waiting times for common...
  • Heart surgery uncertainty could cost lives surgeryThousands of patients could be being denied the best chance of survival as a result of uncertainty over the most suitable treatment for heart disease, researchers have claimed.A professor of...
  • Green tea provides prostate cancer treatment hope University of Wisconsin-MadisonA compound found in green tea could help to provide a new preventative prostate cancer treatment, researchers have claimed.Administration of the polyphenol EGCG in conjunction with low doses of the...
  • Genes may be to blame for drug addiction Some people may be predisposed to becoming dependent on drugs as a result of having fewer of a certain type of brain receptor, a new study in Science has suggested.Researchers at the Universities of...
  • Fish oils can help protect the heart Fish Oil Omega 3Scientists in Japan have revealed that fish oil can help to protect against damage caused by heart disease.In a study involving more than 18,600 participants who have all suffered from high levels of...
  • UK prepares for 'Female Viagra' Proctor & GambleWomen in the UK will soon have access to a new drug that promises to improve their sex drives.Intrinsa will be made available on prescription and is intended for women with medical problems.It will...
  • Cosmetic surgery branches into eyebrows The latest cosmetic surgery craze to take hold is likely to be the eyebrow transplant, which is reportedly becoming popular among consumers.Eyebrows are probably the part of a woman's face that...
  • Dentists still opting for private work woman dentist Many people are finding it difficult obtaining the services of an NHS dentist because so many are now choosing to work in private clinics following the introduction of new dental contracts.Welsh...
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