Face, eyelid and eyebrow lifts not only may improve a patient's self-esteem, but patients are also perceived by others as more attractive, healthy and successful than before the procedures, according to a study in JAMA. "Nothing is more influential to human attractiveness than heightened self-esteem translated through a person's ethos," facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Steven Dayan wrote in an editorial accompanying the study.
The FDA approved MemoryGel Xtra silicone gel-filled breast implants from Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Mentor Worldwide, and the company simultaneously launched Artoura, a tissue expander designed to work with the implants.
Performing a security risk assessment is the first step toward keeping patient data secure from hacking and cyberattacks, and certain federal programs require annual risk assessments, experts say. Encrypting data, controlling access and using two-factor authentication are among the best ways to ensure data security, experts note.
The CMS will accept formal comments on proposed changes to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs until June 13. These changes include revising the EHR reporting period from the full calendar year to any continuous 90-day period, implementing a policy that would not allow payment adjustments for eligible providers who conduct most of their professional services in ambulatory surgery centers, and adding a Medicare payment adjustment for eligible hospitals and professionals who cannot comply with meaningful-use requirements because of decertified technology.
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The American College of Surgeons is promoting a program developed in Washington state called Strong for Surgery to help patients prepare physically for surgery. The program encourages patients to stop smoking, limit alcohol consumption, exercise, eat nutritious foods, ensure blood sugar is under control and manage medication use.
Johan Baggerman of the Netherlands controls his prosthetic arm with his mind with the help of a Bluetooth bracelet that registers nerve impulses detected by electrodes in his upper arm. Plastic surgeons attached nerves to control hand and arm movements to Baggerman's upper-arm muscles, and the prosthesis is attached directly to the bone, allowing easy removal and a fuller range of motion.