Review assesses surgery for teens with migraines | Study: Lidocaine, epinephrine don't reduce injection site bruising | Supreme Court upholds ACA tax credits for federal exchange
 
June 26, 2015
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Review assesses surgery for teens with migraines
Nerve decompression might be appropriate for teenagers with frequent migraines and identifiable anatomical trigger sites whose symptoms have not been relieved by other treatments, according to a study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Surgery potentially improves migraine headache frequency, duration and severity, the researchers wrote. Teenagers without a family history of migraines may be more likely to outgrow their symptoms and might not be good candidates for the surgery, said lead author and plastic surgeon Bahman Guyuron. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (6/25)
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Study: Lidocaine, epinephrine don't reduce injection site bruising
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Adding lidocaine or lidocaine plus epinephrine to hyaluronic acid fillers did not significantly reduce pain or bruising in a 30-patient split-face study, facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Amir Moradi reported at the Summit in Aesthetic Medicine. Moradi said larger studies should be conducted to confirm the findings. Dermatology News (6/22)
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Supreme Court upholds ACA tax credits for federal exchange
People who enroll in a health insurance plan are eligible for tax credits under the Affordable Care Act, regardless of whether they enroll through HealthCare.gov or a state-run exchange, the Supreme Court ruled in the King v. Burwell case. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/25), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/25)
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Shared decision-making can boost quality of aesthetic medicine, study finds
Allowing patients to take part in decisions about treatment options is appropriate in cosmetic surgery and aesthetic medicine, according to a study in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. The surgeon should convey the message that the patient has a choice and a role in making decisions, discuss treatment options, inform patients of potential risks and benefits, and encourage patients to consider their own priorities, the authors wrote. Healio (free registration) (6/24)
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Research & Technology
Researchers develop objective technique for assessing wrinkle reduction
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine say 3D speckle tracking photogrammetry can be used to measure how well cosmetic procedures work to relax wrinkles. The procedure, described in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, compares patients before and after treatment on a color-coded heat map that physicians can evaluate objectively. "[T]his technology is an excellent option for clinical researchers who are interested in studying facial strain and how interventions, such as fillers, neurotoxins, facelifts and other surgical interventions, can affect and improve facial strain," said senior author Ivona Percec, associate director of cosmetic surgery at Perelman. Modern Medicine/Cosmetic Surgery Times (6/23)
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Maxillofacial imaging technology for Planmed's scanner cleared by FDA
The MaxScan, a maxillofacial imaging option developed by Planmed for its Verity conebeam CT scanner, has received clearance from the FDA. The orthopedic imaging and mammography firm said the technology provides low-radiation imaging of the airways, orbits, temporomandibular joints, sinuses, teeth and jaw. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (6/24)
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