Otoplasty diminishes physical, emotional pain for girl | More brides say "I do" to pre-ceremony cosmetic surgery | Patient lawsuit says surgeon left sponges in leg wound
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July 25, 2014
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Otoplasty diminishes physical, emotional pain for girl
A girl with distinctly protruding ears not only faced bullying throughout elementary school, she also could not put on a bicycle helmet without feeling pain. The girl requested and received bilateral otoplasty, and she says she looks forward to a fresh start. "I see kids on a daily basis coming in for something that they would like corrected. From birth trauma, a tumor or deformity, they'd like to improve it," said Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital chief of plastic surgery Gregory Lakin, who performed the procedure. WEWS-TV (Cleveland) (7/24)
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More brides say "I do" to pre-ceremony cosmetic surgery
Brides-to-be increasingly choose to have cosmetic surgery before their weddings instead of touching up photographs afterward, plastic surgeons say. Younger brides often choose fillers, peels and wrinkle-relaxing injections, says facial plastic surgeon Alex Donath. Plastic surgeons are also seeing more grooms-to-be seeking blepharoplasty and neck lifts, while mothers of the bride and groom often request procedures as well. WKRC-TV (Cincinnati) (7/25)
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Patient lawsuit says surgeon left sponges in leg wound
A Kentucky woman alleges that a surgeon left five sponges in her thigh during debridement and a skin graft to treat an injury. The patient says in a lawsuit against the surgeon and hospital that she subsequently suffered a staph infection and excessive buildup of fluid and required seven weeks of hospitalization. Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.) (7/23)
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Dr. Kristina O'Shaughnessy on VECTRA® 3D
"If I had to pick one device that has the greatest benefit to the practice and the patient, it would definitely be VECTRA 3D. It helps my reconstruction patients move forward when they see that I will be able to restore their breasts. You can literally see their faces change from despair to hope." Read more >>
Kristina O'Shaughnessy, M.D., Maxwell Aesthetics, Nashville, TN
Practice Management
Groups weigh in on proposed changes to MU program
The American Medical Association has expressed concern about proposed changes to the EHR Incentive Programs, arguing the program's inflexibility, lack of quality alignment with the Physician Quality Reporting System and other issues pose challenges to physicians. The Medical Group Management Association also weighed in, questioning the viability of the program. EHR Intelligence (7/23)
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Beware of bacteria in dermal fillers, researchers warn
Subcutaneous bumps that appear after dermal filler injections might be caused by bacteria, and treatment with steroids can cause the bacteria to proliferate, according to a study published in the journal Pathogens and Disease. The researchers cultured Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Propionibacterium acnes in a polyacrylamide hydrogel permanent filler, a semi-permanent calcium hydroxylapatite filler and a temporary hyaluronic acid filler. Prophylactic antibiotics prevented bacteria from forming on the biofilms in the gels, but in the cases where the bacteria did form, successive treatments with high doses of antibiotics were ineffective. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (7/16)
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Research & Technology
Honey shown to aid wound healing
Treatments of filtered medical-grade honey have been shown to be effective in combating antibiotic-resistant infections, aiding wound healing and even preventing amputations. Honey treatments have not yet been subjected to large-scale clinical trials, in part because of scientific skepticism toward a natural product that "seems a bit alternative," according to infection and microbiology consultant Matthew Dryden. BBC (7/22)
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