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News from August 2010

11/08/2010OFT investigates 'misleading' NHS health insurance sites
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has taken action against several websites offering NHS European health insurance cards (EHIC) after they were found to be "misleading" to customers. Travellers can obtain...
10/08/2010Could calorie counting in restaurants tackle obesity?
Pubs and restaurants could be forced to publish calorie information on their menu items in a bid to tackle the nation's obesity crisis. Health secretary Andrew Lansley proposed implementing the rule so that...
10/08/2010Hospital admissions for food allergies rise 500% in 20 years
Hospital admissions for food allergies have increase by 500 per cent since 1990, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has reported. This rise could encourage more people to...
09/08/2010Change lifestyle to reduce cholesterol, charity says
A change in lifestyle could reduce one's chances of getting coronary heart disease, said charity HEART UK. High levels of cholesterol are caused by obesity, inactivity, poor diet and stress, but a "positive...
09/08/2010Demand for fertility treatment risen
The demand for fertility treatment has increased as more couples are finding problems conceiving when they choose to start a family later in life, claimed Sarah Montagu, administration secretary at the...
06/08/2010Drinking beer instead of wine could form part of healthcare plan, it is claimed
A healthcare plan aimed at losing weight could feature something as simple as drinking beer instead of wine. According to research by Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) and the Beer Academy, 34 per cent of men and...
05/08/2010Pregnant women 'feel abandoned' by the NHS
Women seeking medical treatment during pregnancy may be tempted to turn to private healthcare as it has been claimed they are being let down by the NHS. A new report by the King's Fund has found that the role...
04/08/2010Clients to benefit after takeover of private healthcare provider
Health insurance firm PruHealth has promised that its customers will benefit following its parent company's takeover of Standard Life Healthcare. The acquisition means that PruHealth is now the fourth...
03/08/2010Private medical cover could soon provide herpes-based treatment for cancer
Those with private medical cover may soon find a new treatment option for cancer is open to them. Scientists say they have found a way to genetically modify the herpes cold sore virus to attack cancer...
02/08/2010Weekend lie-in could form part of healthcare plan
A good night's sleep at the weekend could form part of healthcare plans following a new report highlighting the benefits of a weekly lie-in. A US study, published in the journal Sleep, found that a lengthy...
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