Demand for aesthetic procedures continued rising last year | TV series features "Dr. Miami" | EHRs can boost clinical trial participation, doctors say
March 17, 2017
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Demand for aesthetic procedures continued rising last year
Spending on nonmedical aesthetic procedures rose 11% last year, with revenue surpassing $15 billion, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. About 56% of the procedures were surgical, and 44% were minimally invasive, the organization said.
Reuters (3/15) 
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TV series features "Dr. Miami"
Plastic surgeon Michael "Dr. Miami" Salzhauer will star in a six-part series premiering on WEtv March 31. Each episode covers two surgeries from the first consult to the "reveal." (3/13) 
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Practice Management
EHRs can boost clinical trial participation, doctors say
Doctors can use EHRs to engage and recruit patients to participate in research, says primary care physician Mark Weiner, who used EHRs to recruit patients for a clinical trial on aspirin dosing. Doctors can set up alerts about research opportunities and use EHR data to conduct population-wide studies, said physician Peter Embi of the Regenstrief Institute.
Medical Economics (3/16) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Facial plastic surgeon inspires patient to help others
Fatima Elalaoui, the daughter of a diplomat, had her nose flattened when she was attacked in Ivory Coast, but she says her plastic surgeon inspired her to return to missionary work. Facial plastic surgeon Anil Shah reconstructed Elalaoui's nose and corrected her breathing at a discount, and he is raising donations to cover the remaining costs.
WMAQ-TV (Chicago) (3/10) 
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Fat transfer doesn't work for everyone
Fat transfer or fat grafting works well for body contouring and for replacing volume in the face lost to aging, and it typically requires only a small incision, says plastic surgeon Parham Ganchi. However, it is not an inexpensive procedure, multiple procedures may be required, and the body does not always absorb the transferred fat evenly. (3/14) 
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Research & Technology
Device for pediatric craniofacial defects under development at Ostiio
A magnetically driven internal device is being developed by Philadelphia-based medtech startup Ostiio to improve the quality of life for pediatric patients with craniosynostosis and other craniofacial defects. The proof-of-concept device, designed for use in distraction osteogenesis, aims to improve upon the design of current distractors, which protrude through the skin, pose a high infection risk and require manual expansion. (3/13) 
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