Acceptance of facial transplants grows, but cost remains a concern | Doctor, former doctor sentenced to prison for illegal cosmetic surgery | J&J introduces spray to seal off intraoperative bleeding
December 6, 2019
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Acceptance of facial transplants grows, but cost remains a concern
The most common ethical questions about facial allotransplantation addressed in peer-reviewed literature center on immunosuppression and rejection risk, quality of life and identity, according to a systematic review. The number of papers discussing 12 of 13 ethical questions declined from 2004 to 2018, while the number of papers addressing cost rose between 2002 and 2018.
Medscape (free registration)/Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open (11/28) 
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Doctor, former doctor sentenced to prison for illegal cosmetic surgery
Former doctor Nathaniel Johnson III and Dr. Peter Ulbrich were sentenced to 30 and 25 years, respectively, and co-defendant Shannon Williams was sentenced to probation in Cobb County, Ga., after being found guilty of illegally running a cosmetic surgery clinic. Authorities say Johnson had lost his license and was banned from practicing medicine when he opened the clinic; Ulbrich was hired to give the clinic legitimacy; and Williams helped perpetuate the illusion that Johnson was licensed to practice medicine.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (12/5) 
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J&J introduces spray to seal off intraoperative bleeding
Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon unit has introduced its Vistaseal fibrin sealant for managing intraoperative bleeding. The sealant system, which was developed in partnership with Grifols, uses human fibrinogen and thrombin in a pre-filled syringe to quickly adhere and form a clot.
FierceBiotech (12/3) 
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Practice Management
Health IT leaders cite potential threats for health care orgs next year
Health IT leaders say cybersecurity and ransomware attacks will remain significant threats to hospitals and health care systems next year, and warn new threats are also emerging. NewYork-Presbyterian vice president Leo Bodden cites concerns about market disruptions like the entry of Google, Apple and other technology firms into the health care field, while Memorial Healthcare System Chief Information Officer Jeffrey Sturman warns increased competition from non-traditional players such as CVS and Walgreens is also a cause for concern.
Becker's Health IT & CIO Report (12/4) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Study: Walking while texting may be shortcut to emergency department
Facial plastic surgeon Boris Paskhover led a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery that found an increase in the number of minor injuries related to cell phone use since 2006, when smartphones came on the market. Many of the injuries occurred when people tripped and landed face-down while texting, and although most of the injuries were minor, Paskhover and his co-authors said the problem should be taken seriously.
The Associated Press (12/5) 
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Research & Technology
Study suggests nipple-areola complex key to breast attractiveness
Data from eye-tracking technology revealed that the nipple-areola complex and lower breast attracted more attention than other breast regions when observers were asked to assess breast attractiveness and symmetry. The results were the same regardless of whether the observer was male or female, researchers reported in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (12/4) 
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