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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.
  • Just Retirement to enter protection market Just RetirementJust Retirement, the rapidly expanding retirement solutions specialist, will soon be in the Income Protection market. There is no detail yet about which products the company will launch, or at which...
  • Cosmetic dentistry patients seek Hollywood smiles Tooth whitening can improve you looks and your conDentists in the UK are noticing a fast transition from preventative and curative dentistry to cosmetic, the British Dental Health Foundation has revealed.Foundation spokesman Simon Howell said that...
  • Green tea 'could prevent HIV' Sheffield UniversityNew research suggests that green tea could play a role in preventing HIV due to the presence of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).Scientists in both the US and UK have conducted a study that suggests...
  • Nearly four million plan to give up smoking when ban starts Benenden Healthcare SocietyAs many as 39% of British smokers are planning to give up smoking when it is banned in public places in England on 1st July 2007, according to research from Benenden Healthcare Society, a provider of...
  • Cromwell Hospital pioneers brain surgery tool in UK Bupa Cromwell HospitalSurgeons at Cromwell Hospital have recently undertaken the first treatment in the UK using an advanced new system for non-invasive brain surgery.The Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion allows delicate...
  • UK and India strengthen ties in private healthcare Indian flagThe UK and India are planning greater cooperation in private healthcare provision, as Britain explores opportunities for partnership.A team of healthcare professionals from the UK came to India to...
  • Watchdog to investigate care of the elderly Healthcare commission logoThe Healthcare Commission (HC) is to investigate care of the elderly following an increase in the number of patient complaints.The health watchdog has confirmed that a series of inspections will be...
  • Urine test could improve prostate cancer screening University of CaliforniaResearch carried out by the University of California has suggested that testing for the prostate cancer gene PCA3 may improve the detection rates for the cancer.While at present, the screening...
  • Study shows pre-natal vitamins reduce childhood cancer risk Folic AcidTaking folic acid and multivitamins during pregnancy could reduce the likelihood of childhood cancer, according to a new report. Researchers from Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children found that...
  • Doctor gives advice on tummy-tucks Woman's tummyTummy-tucks are a popular form of plastic surgery that can define and shape loose skin around the belly button.Dr Mark Deutsch, cosmetic surgeon, explains that surgery will only achieve the desired...
  • Nice says no to Tarceva lung cancer treatment National institute for health and clinical excellence NICE logoThe government's health watchdog has ruled that the once-a-day lung cancer pill Tarceva will not be made available on the NHS in England and Wales.According to the National Institute for Health and...
  • Stem cell treatment offers hope to eye patients Stem cellsScientists at the Queen Victoria Hospital in West Sussex are using pioneering stem cell treatments to restore patient's sight.Patients with damaged corneas are being treated with stem cells from...
  • South Korea to attract more medical tourists South Korea FlagA new initiate has been launched by the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korea Health Industry Development Institute to help attract more medical tourists to the nation.The new...
  • Size 12 'perfect' for women Nearly half of the UK feels that a size 12 is the ideal dress size, according to research conducted by a weight loss surgery company. Surgicare's survey concluded that 45 per cent of the 2,000 people...
  • Singapore offers a 'world-class healthcare system' Singapore mapSingapore has long been regarded by many as Asia's business leader, but it is also leading the way in medical tourism.The tiny country has been considered a medical tourism destination for years and...
  • New facility to boost Singapore medical tourism Singapore mapPlans to convert a floor of a Singapore shopping mall into a high-tech private healthcare facility are the result of a growing demand for medical tourism provision.The Lucky Plaza will be transformed...
  • Study denies shoulder surgery myths Johns Hopkins University logoSurgery to replace shoulder joints is not related to any greater risk of complications than other joint surgery, a study by Johns Hopkins University has found. In research contradicting widespread...
  • Action needed to combat sexual health crisis National institute for health and clinical excellence NICE logoThe UK's healthcare professionals are being urged by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) to ensure that the level of Britain's sexual health does not decline further.Nice...
  • Reduced NHS could force patients to seek private treatment National institute for health and clinical excellence NICE logoPlans to reduce NHS cover could increase the number of patients opting for private treatment according to new government proposals.Ministers are considering restricting the NHS to core services and...
  • Research 'is key' to cosmetic surgery Almost 40 per cent of cosmetic-surgery patients would welcome more information about the side effects and possible complications before undergoing surgery, a survey reveals.Although 91 per cent of...
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