Surgical team prepares to separate conjoined twins | Documentary explores superheroes' effect on cosmetic surgery demand | Valeant continues Allergan takeover push
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October 14, 2014
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Surgical team prepares to separate conjoined twins
Plastic, pediatric, urological, orthopedic, cardiac and gynecological surgeons will begin the process of separating 6-month-old twin girls conjoined at the abdomen. The first step is tissue expansion, and separation surgery is planned for December. Reuters (10/12)
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Documentary explores superheroes' effect on cosmetic surgery demand
A new documentary called "Superhero Bodies" explores how superhero movie roles not only push actors to their limits but also help drive the trend in men seeking plastic surgery. "It used to be a man could get by with a pot belly and graying sideburns and look distinguished. But now that's not enough," said plastic surgeon Brent Moelleken, who took part in the documentary. "... We can improve on what you have, but we can't make you into Hugh Jackman if you're not already close to Hugh Jackman to begin with." Metro (New York) (10/13)
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Valeant continues Allergan takeover push
Valeant has not given up its efforts to acquire Botox maker Allergan despite a lawsuit and a potential deal between Allergan and Salix Pharmaceuticals. Healio (free registration)/Ocular Surgery News (10/12)
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Practice Management
Health IT adoption progress, challenges outlined in ONC report
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has submitted a progress report on its health IT-related efforts to Congress, saying that 92% of eligible hospitals and critical-access hospitals and 75% of eligible professionals were given incentives under the EHR Incentive Programs as of June. The agency also reported that over 60% of hospitals and 14% of doctors have exchanged patient information with outside providers electronically. The report highlighted obstacles to HIT use, including limited HIE use among providers who are not qualified to join the EHR meaningful use initiatives. Health Data Management (10/10)
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Study: Post-bariatric plastic surgery helps maintain health
Patients who undergo body contouring surgery after bariatric surgery maintain weight loss better than those who undergo bariatric surgery alone, according to a study presented at the annual conference of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Patients in the study who had plastic surgery after bariatric surgery had an average 18.24 decrease in body mass index after two and a half years, compared with a decrease of 12.45 in patients who did not undergo body contouring. (10/11), Science World Report (10/13)
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Research & Technology
Scientists generate stem cells that repair blood vessels
Scientists at the Indiana University School of Medicine have reprogrammed induced pluripotent stem cells into endothelial colony forming cells found in umbilical cord blood. The cells have potent blood vessel-forming properties that could potentially treat patients with peripheral artery disease. In mice, the cells proliferated, repaired blood vessels and restored blood flow in damaged retinas and limbs. The study appeared in the journal Nature Biotechnology. Business Standard (India)/Indo-Asian News Service (10/13)
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