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News : March 2010

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.

  • Prostate cancer awarness Prostate cancer tests 'not being offered'Men enquiring about a blood test for prostate cancer detection are being turned away by their GPs, a new study has suggested. The report, carried out by the Prostate Cancer Charity, found that a...
  • dental hygiene during pregnancy Poor dental health linked to premature birthMothers have been advised to take good care of their teeth during pregnancy as a study has suggested that gum disease could be linked to premature births.
  • chocolate is addictive? Obesity 'similar to drug addiction'Obesity could be triggered by 'pleasure mechanisms' similar to those involved in drug addiction. People who are struggling to keep their weight down may be reassured that they could be facing an...
  • BOSPA logo Obesity 'linked to depression'Access to psychological services should be part of obesity treatment, according to the director of the British Obesity Surgery Patients Association (BOSPA).
  • obese man Obese have 'distorted perception' of body imageSome people could be putting off obesity treatment due to distorted images of their bodies. Research conducted by bariatric surgeon David Kerrigan, has revealed that 50 per cent of weight loss...
  • moderate alcohol intake Moderate alcohol intake 'prevents weight gain'Women have been warned not to follow the results of some recent research to the letter. A study conducted by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, found that women who did not drink any alcohol...
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists Celebs 'increasing mental health awareness'Celebrities may be the cause of a growing number of diagnoses of bi-polar disorder. Dr Diana Chan and Dr Lester Sireling, psychiatrists from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, have suggested that...
  • Prostate Cancer Charity logo Men encouraged to talk about cancer treatmentA cancer charity has encouraged people to be more open about their illness to allow doctors to provide them with effective cancer treatment.
  • psychiatric care Majority of UK residents 'have experienced stress'A new piece of research has revealed that the majority of people in the UK have experienced mental health problems at one point or another in their lives.
  • Osteoporosis Complications could arise from long-term osteoporosis treatmentRecent research into the effects of osteoporosis treatments has lead a specialist to advise patients to see their specialist regularly. Professor Stuart Ralston, a professor of rheumatology at...
  • Stoke rehabilitation hydrotherapy Lifestyle choices 'could reduce stroke risk'Positive lifestyle changes could cut down on the risk of stroke, the British Heart Foundation has suggested. According to Cathy Ross, a senior cardiac nurse at the charity, losing weight has...
  • mephedrone Legal drug risk questionedCampaigners have put increasing pressure on the government to ban legal highs following the deaths of two teenagers earlier this week (March 15th). Louis Wainwright, 18, and Nicholas Smith, 19, died...
  • junk food 'International action needed' on heart diseaseInternational communities need to club together in order to tackle the increasing rates of cardiovascular disease in developing nations, according to a new report.
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists Increase in young people self-harming reportedA growing number of people may require psychiatric help to fight against self-harm, according to figures from Newsbeat. The BBC's young persons' news service revealed that a total of 2,727 under-25s...
  • obese boy Increased fitness 'encouraged' for childrenThe government's chief medical officer has advised that children need to take more exercise. Sir Liam Donaldson said in his annual report that the "harm caused by inactivity is very substantial".
  • Mature woman Women warned: Vaccine 'is not a smear replacement'Women in Britain have been encouraged to continue to attend regular cervical smear tests, even if they have received the HPV vaccine. Consultant gynaecologist, Mr Paul Carter, has highlighted...
  • pregnant woman Extra healthcare 'needed for obese mothers'A report on the maternity services on offer by the NHS has highlighted a shortfall in provisions for obese women. The survey, conducted by the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE),...
  • Prostate Cancer Charity logo Early hair loss 'may reduce cancer risk in men'Men who lose their hair at an early age may have a reduced risk of cancer, a survey has revealed. Research from the University of Washington School of Medicine has found that men who begin to lose...
  • doctors consult over x-ray lung cancer Gene linked to lung cancerA gene linked with the development of lung cancer has been identified in a recent study. Published in the Lancet, the research is hoped to provide further information as to why some people who do not...
  • British fertility society logo Fertility treatment 'not improved by acupuncture'Women who are undergoing fertility treatments such as IVF are unlikely to improve their chances of conception with alternative therapies, according to new guidelines.
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