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August 13, 2013
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Reduction mammaplasty helps young man regain self-confidence
A 25-year-old construction worker turned to plastic surgeon Mordcai Blau for reduction mammaplasty after enduring years of taunts. The man sold his car, and his mother saved enough to lend him the balance needed for the surgery. "It was a very large sacrifice for both of us to save so much, but now that it's over, it was so incredibly worth it," the patient's mother said. (8/12)
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Self-image motivates men to seek plastic surgery
Men make up a growing proportion of plastic surgery patients, seeking rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty and mammaplasty, among other procedures. The trend is driven by a desire to look younger and healthier, experts say. "Ultimately, it's not about how you are perceived by other people, it's about how you perceive yourself," American Society of Plastic Surgeons President Dr. Gregory Evans said. Men's Journal online (8/12)
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Fewer malpractice payouts, lower sums paid in 2012
The number and value of medical malpractice claims paid in 2012 dropped to record lows, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen reported. The declines may have been caused by physician groups' opposition to medical malpractice and a "less paternalistic" trend in government, health economist Thomas Getzen said. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/7)
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CMS solicits feedback on releasing data on doc payments
CMS has called for public input on how to release physician payment data without compromising patient privacy. "We know from recent experiences with the release of hospital charge data on the top 20 diagnostic codes that there are many users with ideas to apply these data to create new tools, and services to improve performance. Provider-level cost data will unleash another round of innovation," wrote HHS Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak. Modern Physician (free registration) (8/9)
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Recuperate from plastic surgery at The Pierre in NYC
Dr. Robert Grant, chief of plastic surgery for the combined Divisions of Plastic Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, is giving his patients special treatment. After surgery, the patients can be whisked off to The Pierre and given private entrance to the hotel. While there for 10 days, patients can take advantage of services from nutritionist Brooke Alpert and stylist Jacqui Stafford. "After surgery, I have to make sure they're eating the best way they can so they heal faster and get optimal results," Alpert said. ABC News (8/9), United Press International (8/9)
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Computer-assisted tool beats paper for teaching flap procedure
Students who watched a multimedia presentation outperformed students who used printed materials alone in performing a rhomboid flap procedure on a skin model, a study published in PLOS ONE found. Healio (8/13)
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