Archives for December, 2010

Hair transplants can produce incredible results

December 16th, 2010
Hair transplants can produce incredible results

Hair transplants can produce incredible, life-like results, if patients are treated by an experienced cosmetic surgeon, according to Marilyn Sherlock, chairwoman of the Institute of Trichologists. Ms Sherlock said that hair transplant surgery has come a long way since it was first introduced more than 30 years ago and nowadays, the vast majority of procedures […]

Calls for access to cosmetic surgeons’ records

December 15th, 2010
Calls for access to cosmetic surgeons’ records

Experts have called for a system that makes the experience and qualifications of cosmetic surgeons open to potential patients, to restore faith in the profession and ensure that the public are being treated by the right people. At the recent Qatar Health 2010 conference, a seminar was held on plastic and reconstructive surgery, with speakers […]

New dental contract aims to improve treatment

December 15th, 2010
New dental contract aims to improve treatment

There are plans to substitute the disliked dental contract, introduced in 2006 by the Labour government, with a new one rewarding the quality of the treatment, not the number of treatments carried out. The existing contract, which dentists have complained about since its launch, saw dentists paid according to their ability to meet individual targets. […]

Children putting pressure on parents to look good

December 14th, 2010
Children putting pressure on parents to look good

Cosmetic surgeons in Mumbai, India are noticing a new phenomenon among their patients; older people asking for cosmetic treatments at the suggestion, or even insistence, of their grown-up children. Most of the older people are single, having lost their previous partners, and the children are hoping that cosmetic surgery will help them in their search […]

Review of private medical insurance planned

December 14th, 2010
Review of private medical insurance planned

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) plans to launch a review into the private healthcare market in the UK in early 2011. The results are likely to be of specific interest to companies that offer private medical insurance as a benefit for their staff, allowing them to see which insurers provide the best services and […]

Irish charity supports IVF parents

December 13th, 2010
Irish charity supports IVF parents

An Irish charity, set up by two mothers from Dublin, aims to provide couples from the Republic of Ireland with cash and support to help them undergo IVF treatment. Pomegranate.ie hopes to raise enough money to be able to offer the cash for one IVF cycle to couples who can’t afford to pay for the […]

IVF funding cuts worry campaigners

December 13th, 2010
IVF funding cuts worry campaigners

Plans by no less than ten Primary Care Trusts in England to cut or even suspend the financial support for infertility services has worried supporters of the treatment such as the National Infertility Awareness Campaign (NIAC). The reason given the the NHS is “affordability”, yet the government has insisted that any spending cuts in the […]

Issue of abortion in Ireland set for European Court

December 10th, 2010
Issue of abortion in Ireland set for European Court

The European Court of Human Rights will consider the issue of abortion in Ireland and subsequently rule whether or not the current laws violate women’s rights. The case has reached the court after three women complained that their health had been put at risk by abortion laws in the country; as a result of the […]

Can mental imagery help weight loss?

December 9th, 2010
Can mental imagery help weight loss?

Researchers have come up with a new way of helping people to weight loss, which involves imagining eating large amounts of a certain food. Researchers claim that imagining eating lots of food will help people to eat less in reality. Lead researcher, Carey Morewedge, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, claims that mental imagery helps […]

Health insurance industry improving in the USA

December 9th, 2010
Health insurance industry improving in the USA

After a turbulent couple of years, it appears that the health of the insurance industry in America in improving. Throughout 2009, the industry faced pricing pressure, restructuring in the health industry and soft market conditions and some companies folded; however, it now seems that the worst is over and there are signs that the industry […]

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