Cosmetic surgeon sentenced to house arrest | Deviated nose often accompanied by facial asymmetry, study finds | Calif. doctors, insurers urge state to boost Medicaid reimbursement rates
May 15, 2015
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Cosmetic surgeon sentenced to house arrest
Efrain Gonzalez was sentenced to three months' house arrest after a plea deal in which he pled no contest to charges related to his cosmetic surgery business. Gonzalez is an obstetrician and gynecologist by training and allegedly left his cosmetic surgery patients with disfiguring scars. He was ordered to establish a $100,000 fund for victims who are not suing him, and he voluntarily surrendered his medical license. American City Business Journals/Sacramento, Calif. (5/12), KCRA-TV (Sacramento, Calif.) (5/7)
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Deviated nose often accompanied by facial asymmetry, study finds
People whose nose deviates from the center are also more likely than those with a straight nose to have an asymmetrical face, researchers report in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Rhinoplasty patients with facial asymmetry are often unhappy with surgical results. Reuters (5/7)
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Calif. doctors, insurers urge state to boost Medicaid reimbursement rates
Health care providers and payers in California launched a $10 million campaign encouraging full funding of Medi-Cal by state leaders and also asking them to align provider reimbursement rates with those of Medicare. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (5/11)
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Study finds link between migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome
People with carpal tunnel syndrome are twice as likely to have migraine headaches than people without CTS, according to a study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. "Based on the findings of this study and prior studies, it may be worthwhile in patients with migraine to perform an examination for peripheral nerve compression in the head and neck," the researchers wrote. Medscape (free registration) (5/12)
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Turkey necks: Goodbye gobblers!
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The neck is the first telltale sign of aging, and studies show there's been an increase surrounding neck-lift surgery. Find out how plastic surgeons are rejuvenating this sensitive area.
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Research & Technology
Wellcome grant to support trials of tropoelastin-based synthetic skin
The charity Wellcome Trust has awarded a grant to help researchers in Australia developing a tropoelastin-based artificial skin move toward clinical trials. "[W]here people have substantial burns or substantial damage to the skin, you really need to be able to accelerate wound repair," Sydney University biochemist Tony Weiss said. Yahoo/7News Sydney (5/11)
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