Canadian plastic surgeon in hot water over exam room security cameras | Company that makes collagen from tobacco plants scales up | Digital strategy can improve patient engagement
May 24, 2019
In the News
Canadian plastic surgeon in hot water over exam room security cameras
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario ordered a plastic surgeon to remove cameras from his exam rooms and scheduled a disciplinary hearing for him. Several patients said they were not aware of the cameras, and the surgeon said they were for his and his patients' security.
CBC News (Canada) (5/23) 
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Company that makes collagen from tobacco plants scales up
CollPlant has opened a research and development center for 3D-bioprinting inks and dermal fillers. The company makes collagen from genetically engineered tobacco plants, and its products are approved in Europe for wound care and tendonitis treatment.
Reuters (5/22) 
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Practice Management
Digital strategy can improve patient engagement
The number of consumers who want to engage with health care providers using digital methods is increasing, and practices can use the technology to improve patient engagement, write Matt Henry and Susan Kanvik, health care consultants with Point B. They recommend that practices should decide what their pain points are before finding the technology needed.
Modern Medicine/Physicians Practice (5/22) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Researchers look to the past for new antibiotics
Botanist and surgeon Francis Porcher compiled a book of folk remedies and medicinal plants that was published in 1863, and ethnobotanist Cassandra Quave recently turned to the book in search of new antibiotics. Quave and her colleagues tested compounds from the white oak and tulip poplar trees and devil's walking stick shrub and found they worked against drug-resistant strains of some common bacteria, and she plans to do more research with the goal of developing medicines.
Gizmodo (5/22) 
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Research & Technology
Study compares integrated, remote tissue expanders in reconstruction
Integrated port expanders were associated with a lower complication rate than remote port expanders in a retrospective review of prosthetic breast reconstructions. Researchers found a higher rate of mechanical complications with remote expanders, but the rates of infectious complications were statistically similar between the two groups.
Medscape (free registration)/ePlasty (5/23) 
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Phantom limb pain reduced by targeted muscle reinnervation
Targeted muscle reinnervation at the time of major limb amputation reduced phantom limb pain intensity and frequency, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. "Direct transplantation and anastomosis of a resected nerve to a nerve supplying an amputated muscle seems to be a reasonable approach" to preventing neurologic complications after amputation, writes Albert Lowenfels, professor emeritus of surgery at New York Medical College.
Medscape (free registration) (5/20) 
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