For D.C.'s public servants, cosmetic surgery is a private affair | Consumers still seek cosmetic surgery bargains | Galderma and Ipsen expand partnership
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July 15, 2014
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For D.C.'s public servants, cosmetic surgery is a private affair
Cosmetic procedures are popular but a bit of an open secret in the nation's capital. Plastic surgeon Ariel Rad and dermatologist Noelle Sherber, who are married, opened a retail boutique offering skin care treatments in front with private waiting and treatment rooms in back and a secret entrance. Many politicians do not seek treatment to look younger, Rad says. Instead, they want reverse features that impede communication, such as downturned mouths or brow furrows that make them look angry or sad. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/13)
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Consumers still seek cosmetic surgery bargains
A recession-induced thrifty mentality lingers in cosmetic surgery patients, 71% of whom still say cost is a major deciding factor in choosing a cosmetic surgeon, an American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery survey found. Consumers should be cautious about online deals, the organization's president warns. "To ensure the best results, you should have a consultation with your prospective physician to assess your candidacy and clearly discuss your goals," AAFPRS President Dr. Edward Farrior said. Skin Inc. online (7/10)
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Galderma and Ipsen expand partnership
Nestle's Galderma unit will distribute Ipsen's wrinkle-relaxing treatment Dysport, or Azzalure, through 2036. Nestle has gained full control of Galderma and is launching Nestle Skin Health to further expand its dermatology product lines. Bloomberg (7/11)
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Practice Management
CMS unveils tool to guide providers about proposed MU flexibility
The CMS has unveiled an interactive online tool to inform hospitals how a proposal, which would allow providers to use their 2011 Edition certified EHR technology to attest to stage 1 or stage 2 meaningful use, could affect them. The tool was also designed to help users identify the attestation options available to them based on the EHR system they are currently using. BeckersHospitalReview.com (7/9)
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Why organ donation materials should be updated for faces, hands
The Health Resources and Services Administration recently expanded the definition of an organ for procurement and transplantation to include vascularized composite allografts, including faces, arms, hands, legs, abdominal walls and larynxes. The face and hands are markers of personal identity, and policies and consent forms related to the donation of other tissue and organs may need to be updated, write Vassar College professor Eric Trump and Hastings Center bioethics research scholar Karen Maschke. MedPage Today (free registration) (7/10)
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Research & Technology
Military advances 3D printing for wounded warriors
The Defense Department is funding research in three areas of 3D facial reconstruction surgery: models to accelerate surgery, facial skin generation and hard tissue repair and regeneration. 3D-printed facial models provide surgeons with a close model on which to base their work, and some new soldiers' features are scanned before their first missions. Skin can be regenerated on a custom mask made of polycaprolactone covered with a collagen-based matrix, and researchers have made progress in creating bone matrices. 3DPrint.com (7/10)
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