Injections of platelet-rich plasma and hyaluronic acid produced statistically significant improvement in facial skin in a study involving 94 female patients with differing levels of facial aging. Patients noted a significant difference in general appearance, firmness and texture, and the number of injections correlated with overall satisfaction.
Allergan will purchase Vitae Pharmaceuticals for $639 million to strengthen its dermatology pipeline in a deal expected to close before the year ends. Vitae's two investigational drugs in midstage trials, the psoriasis and autoimmune treatment VTP-43742 and atopic dermatitis treatment VTP-38543, will be added to Allergan's product portfolio as part of the acquisition.
Pfizer has secured exclusive US distribution rights for a line of high-strength topical skin adhesives containing 2-octyl cyanoacrylate from Wyomissing, Pa.-based Adhezion Biomedical under a long-term supply agreement. The products, which include SurgiSeal, SurgiSeal Stylus and SurgiSeal Twist, are intended for holding together the edges of skin wounds from minimally invasive surgery and simple, trauma-induced lacerations.
Dr. Gary Breslow on VECTRA 3D "I saw VECTRA at the ASPS meeting when it first came out, and immediately realized the implications. This was going to change, even revolutionize, the consultation process, improving patient communications and assuring that we're on the same page in terms of what they want and what we can do. Today, I don't know how you could do a consultation without it." Read More>> Gary D. Breslow, MD, FACS, Paramus, NJ
A good medical practice manager can help improve financial performance and employee relations, as well as ease the transition after a merger, according to Lucien Roberts, the administrator of a 22-provider gastroenterology practice. He outlines steps for finding and hiring a medical practice manager.
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit will collect tissue donations on Sept. 24 to be used in a research project that may help scientists discover new treatments for breast cancer. The donated tissues will be banked at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.
It's true there is some maintenance required for silicone gel-filled implants. The FDA recommends an MRI screening to detect leakage after a number of years, but the scan isn't cheap. The price tag scares a lot of women away. Seeing this as a problem for what would otherwise be a normal checkup, there is a new option being developed that may be just as effective and in some cases, FREE. ThePlasticSurgeryChannel.com
The process of epithelial-mesenchymal transition, in which epithelial cells acquire traits typical of mesenchymal cells, may be involved in the formation of keloid scars and may be regulated by TGF beta 1, according to a study published in Burns & Trauma. Keloid cells might not respond correctly to signals that regulate the transition from the proliferative phase to the remodeling phase of wound healing, resulting in a keloid scar, researchers suggest.