Genital transplant performed at Mass. General | 2 Fla. cosmetic surgery clinics under investigation for endangering patients | Renaissance sells topical business to Mylan for $1B
May 17, 2016
 
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Genital transplant performed at Mass. General
A penile cancer patient received a transplanted penis in a procedure that was the first of its kind in the US. The goal of the experimental surgery is to help combat veterans with severe pelvic injuries, accident victims and cancer patients. Surgical team leader Curtis Cetrulo, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, said surgeons will work on perfecting the procedure and minimizing the need for immunosuppressant drugs before training military surgeons and treating injured veterans.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (5/16) 
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2 Fla. cosmetic surgery clinics under investigation for endangering patients
A Hialeah, Fla., cosmetic surgery clinic is under investigation after a 29-year-old woman died after undergoing a procedure there, police say. Practitioners at the clinic, Encore Plastic Surgery, and at an affiliated clinic have been accused previously of putting patients at risk, and some have been charged with medical malpractice, employing unlicensed professionals and fraud.
The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (5/13),  The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (5/12) 
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Renaissance sells topical business to Mylan for $1B
Renaissance Acquisition Holdings' topical business will be acquired by Mylan in a deal worth about $1 billion, broadening the latter's dermatological product portfolio by giving it access to Renaissance's branded and generic nonsterile topical products. The acquisition could close within the third quarter of this year.
Reuters (5/13),  Bloomberg (5/13) 
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Practice Management
How to prevent cyberattacks
Responding to a cyberattack can be time-consuming and expensive, and medical practices should allocate adequate time and resources to data and EHR security, say Jim Kelton, managing principal at Altius Information Technologies, and Lee Kim, director of privacy and security at the Health Information and Management Systems Society. They suggest five steps practices should take to prevent a cyberattack, including keeping all software and hardware up to date, checking prospective employees' and business associates' backgrounds, and educating staff. Spam filters and firewalls can prevent intrusions, and employees should be encouraged to report any potential data breaches.
Physicians Practice magazine online (5/17) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Study reveals shortcomings of telehealth sites in dermatology diagnoses
Researchers evaluated seven general medicine and nine dermatology websites and found that although online clinicians provided dermatology diagnoses in 48 of 62 completed online visits and prescribed medications in 31 visits, only 10 patients were told about the relevant risks or side effects of the treatments prescribed. The findings, published online in JAMA Dermatology, found that telehealth diagnoses were generally correct when the condition was easily identifiable through photos, but when more information was needed, diagnoses from online doctors were less accurate.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/15) 
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Research & Technology
Researchers developing predictive rhinoplasty modeling system
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are 3D-printing models of patients' noses in an effort to create predictive rhinoplasty models. "It's interesting to see people's reactions to what they perceive in the mirror versus holding the model and seeing what other people see," said Michael Tecce, a clinical research fellow at the university's Division of Plastic Surgery. He presented the research at a recent American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery meeting.
Modern Medicine/Cosmetic Surgery Times (5/17) 
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