Joan Rivers understood the risks, rewards of cosmetic surgery
Legendary comedian Joan Rivers, who was well-known for her openness about cosmetic surgery, died after suffering cardiac arrest while undergoing an elective endoscopy. Rivers acknowledged the risks of any surgery in a video shot two years ago at the office of her plastic surgeon Norman Leaf, which has since been circulated widely on the Internet. "A death from elective surgery is every doctor's worst fear," Leaf said. "... Any surgery has risks, but I reassured her that I had never lost a patient in 40 years of practicing, and I didn't expect to lose one then." KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV (Los Angeles)
Patients in Dubai line up for plastic surgery
Facial plastic surgeon Jason Diamond says he was surprised by the demand the first time he traveled to Dubai as a guest surgeon in 2009. The Emirates Plastic Surgery Society said its membership of cosmetic surgeons in Dubai and other United Arab Emirates states rose from 60 in 2006 to 150 in 2014. Medical tourism to the area is also increasing. "Last year, I saw patients from 73 nationalities, which is a record," said Luiz Toledo, a plastic surgeon from Brazil who moved his practice to Dubai in 2005. CNN
Research underway to develop artificial tissues for transplant
Research at Brigham and Women's Hospital being funded by the NIH and the Department of Defense involves the use of tissue engineering to create artificial tissue that can be used for transplantation. Researchers so far have successfully developed artificial heart tissue that resembles a naturally beating heart. Researchers also are tapping into 3D printing to eventually create liver, heart or bone. Boston Herald
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