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November 20, 2012
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In the News 
  • Plastic surgery gift certificates on some wish lists
    Gift certificates for cosmetic procedures are popular holiday gifts, plastic surgeons say. Plastic surgery demand often increases around the holidays because people can take time away from the job to recover. Patients should seek plastic surgery only because they want it, not because someone else wanted it or paid for it, plastic surgeons say. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Underground enhancement in Toronto puts woman in hospital
    Police in Toronto charged a woman with criminal negligence causing bodily harm over allegations that she injected polymethylmethacrylate into the buttocks of a 28-year-old woman, who was hospitalized with a severe infection. Antibiotics and a procedure to remove the material were needed. The Toronto Star (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Practice Management 
  • FDA issues alert for bogus Botox
    Unregulated foreign businesses are offering doctors and spas cheap, unlicensed versions of fillers and Botox that aren't approved in the U.S., the FDA says. Unlicensed injectibles can be old and ineffective and can even cause dangerous reactions, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery warns. WFTS-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Health Quality & Advocacy 
  • Many post-op complications occur within 30 days of discharge
    An analysis of data on more than 550,000 U.S. surgery patients revealed that 41.5% of all postoperative complications happened within 30 days after hospital discharge. Stanford University researchers reported in the Archives of Surgery that reoperation and mortality rates were higher among patients with post-discharge problems than among those without such complications. HealthDay News (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Research & Technology 
  • Muscle regeneration therapy might prevent amputations
    Researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are working on an oxygen gel that can be injected into wounded muscles to sustain tissue and limbs and perhaps lives. Eventually, the technique could be used with bone, skin, ligament and tendon in complex regenerative treatments. The research is part of a larger program to treat battlefield injuries. WFMY-TV (Greensboro, N.C.) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Organovo advances 3D biologic printing
    Organovo is developing 3D printing of tissues and organs for drug development as well as for therapeutic use. "I can tell you that we are progressing active research in the areas of liver, blood vessel, bone and cartilage, cardiac and kidney," said Michael Renard, the San Diego-based company's executive vice president of commercial operations. (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will return next week
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., Plastic Surgery SmartBrief will not be published Friday, Nov. 23. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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