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News from September 2010

27/09/2010Concerns over endoscopy hygiene at Scottish NHS hospitals
People in Scotland may be tempted to seek private medical cover following a report raising concerns over hygiene. An investigation by health watchdog NHS Quality Improvement Scotland found...
27/09/2010Genetic defect found to cause migraines
Migraine sufferers have been given hope of access to new gene-based treatments that could be available through private medical cover in the future. Scientists have discovered a faulty gene that they believe...
24/09/2010Seagulls spreading superbugs?
A healthcare plan to treat superbugs may be needed after it was found that deadly bacteria could be being spread by migratory birds. Portuguese researchers have found that antibiotic-resistant bacteria can...
24/09/2010Diabetes drug Avandia banned
People with private medical cover will no longer be offered the drug Avandia as part of a healthcare plan to treat diabetes. After years of debate, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced it is...
24/09/2010Anti-ageing pill could be just two years away
Those with private medical cover could have access to a pill that can significantly slow down the ageing process in just two years time. Professor Vladimir Skulachev of Moscow State University has claimed...
23/09/2010Safety fears force NHS hospital to close departments over winter
People in south London may be tempted to seek private medical cover following the announcement that a hospital in the region is being forced to temporarily close departments over safety fears. Managers at...
23/09/2010Genetic breakthrough could lead to new asthma treatments
More effective treatments for childhood asthma could soon be available to those with private medical cover following new research. An international study, which looked at the DNA of more than 26,000...
22/09/2010Winter flu jab could lower risk of heart attacks
The annual winter flu jab could become part of a healthcare plan to help prevent heart attacks. A new study has shown that the vaccination, particularly if administered early in the influenza season, could...
21/09/2010Less invasive surgery may be suitable for some breast cancer sufferers, says study
Some breast cancer sufferers with private medical cover could benefit from a less invasive form of surgery than that normally used. Commonly, doctors decide to remove all the lymph nodes of those with...
21/09/2010Obesity checks proposed as part of healthcare plan for Scottish mothers
Mothers and their babies in Scotland could be given obesity checks as part of a post-pregnancy healthcare plan , it has emerged. The plan forms part of a raft of proposals by the Scottish government aimed at...
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