March 2, 2021
Plastic Surgery SmartBrief
In the News
A regenerative tissue filler developed by researchers at Purdue University could restore tissue lost in breast cancer patients. The collagen polymer could also be used to help patients with traumatic injuries and skin ulcers, researchers said.
Full Story: News Medical (3/2) 
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California plastic surgeon Scott Green is under investigation by the state medical board after he allegedly appeared for Zoom traffic court session in scrubs and with a patient on the operating table. Green told the judge another plastic surgeon was going to perform the procedure, but the judge declined to hear his case and rescheduled the court date.
Full Story: The New York Times (2/28) 
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Practice Management
An EHR-integrated machine learning platform enables preliminary analysis and visualization of health information and could be used for clinical forecasting, according to a study in Proceedings of Machine Learning Research. Data scientists at Carnegie Mellon University developed the Temporal Learning Lite platform in collaboration with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
Full Story: Becker's Health IT (2/26),  AZoRobotics (2/26) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Family physician Delana Wardlaw, M.D., and her twin sister, pediatrician Elana McDonald, M.D., have focused on patient empowerment by creating TwinSisterDocs on social media to promote health and self-advocacy and address disparities in underserved communities. "As trusted messengers, we provide culturally sensitive, accurate medical information, which translates into patients becoming active participants in their health care, and it leads to transformational outcomes," Wardlaw said.
Full Story: The Philadelphia Inquirer (tiered subscription model) (2/23) 
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Research & Technology
A Phase 2 study involving 274 patients with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis found KHK4083, an anti-OX40 fully human monoclonal antibody, to be safe and effective. Patients reported positive results after the 16-week treatment, which could indicate the antibody works long-term, according to researchers.
Full Story: Healio (free registration) (2/26) 
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Patients who had high levels of the hormone oxytocin have younger looking skin than those with lower levels, according to a study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. Sun exposure did not affect the outcomes, researchers said.
Full Story: Dermatology Times (3/26) 
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About the Editor
Maria Gifford
Maria Gifford
Maria Gifford is the editor of several SmartBrief newsletters focused on health care. She is a veteran medical writer, editor, author, and health content strategist. Maria has produced evidence-based health and wellness content for the Mayo Clinic, the American Diabetes Association, the Arthritis Foundation, Time Inc., Rodale, UnitedHealth Group, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Harvard Health Publications and more. Email Maria at
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