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News : May 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • UK travellers 'ignoring health advice' mosquitoBritish tourists are putting their lives at risk by failing to pay attention to advice from travel health clinics, experts have claimed.According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), tourists need...
  • UK's botox regulation 'completely inadequate', says expert BotoxThe cosmetic use of Botulinum toxin, or Botox, needs to be better regulated to protect patients, an expert has claimed.There is growing demand for the government to introduce regulations on its use,...
  • UK researchers get stomach bug funding Helicobacter pylori (Hp)Researchers at the University of Nottingham have received over £366,000 worth of funding to help them study a stomach bug which causes gastric ulcers and cancer.Around half of the world's population...
  • Growing acceptance of individuals' role in paying for care elderly patient long term careThe first Caring Choices event has demonstrated a strong consensus that the government should invest more public funds in social care for older people, but also a growing acceptance that the...
  • Obesity surgery 'cuts diabetes risk' Obesity treatment - gastric bypass Obesity surgery significantly reduces the risk of diabetes, even if the patient remains overweight, researchers have found.Previous studies had already shown that gastric bypass, a form of obesity...
  • New lifetime mortgage launched for people with medical problems Partnership AssurancePartnership Assurance, a provider of ill-health retirement and care solutions has announced the launch of a fully underwritten lifetime mortgage for people suffering from medical complaints, which it...
  • Long term care system chronically underfunded elderly couple long term careSir Derek Wanless, Author of King's Fund report on the funding of long-term care has commented on the system: The current system is chronically under funded. Budget increases not even keeping pace...
  • Equity release popular among retirees Norwich Union logoA growing number of retirees are turning to equity release to fund retirement according to a new report from insurer Norwich Union. The insurer highlights an emerging trend of equity release, as an...
  • Medics urge caution over cosmetic surgery BUPA small logoPatients need to take care when selecting a practitioner to perform cosmetic surgery, experts have warned.As with any form of operation, cosmetic surgery carries an element of risk and patients...
  • Care system not fit for future generations, says 'Caring Choices' coalition elderly patient long term careOrganisations involved in health and care have come together to launch a major public debate on the future of long term care funding. The 'Caring Choices' coalition is run by Help the Aged, Age...
  • Obese patients barred from NHS surgery Obese manNearly a tenth of NHS hospitals have already adopted a controversial policy which excludes smokers and obese patients from certain treatments, a Sky News survey has revealed.Millions of patients...
  • New medical tourism breaks for Scots Scottish consumers will be able to book new medical tourism holidays this summer, thanks to a new range of deals from Barrhead Travel.The company, which was founded by Bill Munro, plans to launch new...
  • Young people 'need better sexual health education' Sex Education ForumYoung people should be given education on sexual health before they begin having sex, the Sex Education Forum has claimed.According to the national authority on sex and relationships education, this...
  • Obesity treatment under the spotlight - Rimonabant Obese manA new weight loss drug has come under scrutiny, with experts questioning some of the claims made regarding its health benefits, it has emerged.Rimonabant, which is manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis, has...
  • Obesity surgery first for Vietnam Vietnamese flagA hospital in Vietnam has performed obesity surgery on a female patient for the first time.Surgeons at Hanoi's Viet Duc Hospital carried out the procedure on a 38-year-old unnamed woman who weighed...
  • Survey reveals poor awareness of prostate cancer EverymanThree quarters of men are uncertain of the signs of prostate cancer, according to a new survey.Male cancer charity Everyman found that just one in ten respondents believe men to be as informed about...
  • Hospital Group unveils new dental veneers A revolutionary new dental veneer procedure is now being offered by the Hospital Group, one of the UK's leading private hospital groups.The new procedure from NuSmile provides a pain-free route to...
  • India promotes monsoons and medical tourism India - monsoon rainIndia is currently promoting itself to tourists in the hopes that it can lure people interested in experiencing both the monsoon rains and medical treatment.The subcontinent witnesses its monsoon...
  • Medical tourism was 'best thing I ever did' Plastic surgery abroadPatients are being forced to travel abroad in order to receive medical treatment as the NHS struggles to keep its finances afloat, it has emerged.One such patient, 52-year-old Sylvia Clarke,...
  • Men 'should think twice' about sexual health, steroid link Men should be better informed about the potential sexual health problems associated with steroid use, an expert has claimed.According to Jim Pollard, editor of website Malehealth.co.uk, steroids can...
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