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Apr. 16, 2015

Russian man volunteers for world's first human head transplant
Medical News Today
A 30-year-old Russian man is set to become the first person to undergo the world's first human head transplant within the next two years. At the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons' 39th Annual Conference in June, Dr. Sergio Canavero will present updated plans for the project, addressing some of the previously identified challenges that come with it.More

AAAASF welcomes new facilities
AAAASF is pleased to welcome new facilities into its community, including an international location. Please help us recognize these clinics and providers who have made the commitment to quality that is embodied by AAAASF certification.More

Help maintain the gold standard: Be a certified surveyor
In an effort to meet the increasing demand for accreditation and oversight, the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities is seeking certified surveyors. Click here to see if you qualify. AAAASF has scheduled a training workshop for Friday, May 15, in Montreal, in conjunction with the ASAPS annual meeting. Attendance is FREE for physicians, nurses and anesthesiologists in AAAASF accredited facilities. CME credits are offered through ASAPS, and future survey work conducted on behalf of AAAASF is compensated. Please click here for further information and registration specifics.More

CMS announces proposed fiscal year 2016 payment and policy changes for Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities
On April 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule [CMS-1622-P] outlining proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Medicare payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The proposed rule proposes policies that continue a commitment to shift Medicare payments from volume to value.

For further information, see Public comments on the proposal will be accepted until June 15, 2015.More

Can a facelift make you more likeable?
The Washington Post
Plastic surgery is supposed to make your face look different. But the impacts of procedures can go far beyond a change in physical appearance: People could perceive your post-surgery personality differently, too, according to a new study by researchers at Georgetown University Hospital.More

App shows what you'll look like after weight loss
Visualize You asks users to upload a picture, and then it shows what they would look like with fewer pounds.More

Why more senior citizens are getting cosmetic procedures
Real Self
Forget bingo nights and the early bird special: These days, senior citizens are more active and energetic than ever. Those over 65 are leading rich lives full of work, hobbies and travel, and many are looking for a little help to match how they feel with how they look.More

Shining a light on the importance of peer-review integrity
Cait Harrison
Call it a new form of academic cheating. Peer reviews for scholarly journals have come under the spotlight lately — and the future isn't looking so bright.More

The skills doctors and nurses need to be effective executives
Harvard Business Review
We are witnessing an unprecedented transformation of the health care industry. Maximizing the effectiveness of physicians and nurses in this new era, however, will require different skills than the ones they developed during their clinical training. More

The economic lessons we can learn from cosmetic procedures market
Seeking Alpha
Between 1998 and 2014, the price of medical care services in the U.S. (as measured by the CPI for Medical Care Services) has increased by 88.5 percent. How would the market for medical services operate differently if consumers were paying out-of-pocket for medical procedures in a competitive market? Well, we can look to the $7.5 billion U.S. market for elective cosmetic surgery for some answers. More

How telehealth is changing the lives of chronically ill patients
Karen R. Thomas
Millions of older Americans live with a chronic illness such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes or heart disease, and many suffer through their day-to-day care routines alone.More

Medicare beneficiaries have a lower rate of delayed melanoma surgeries
2 Minute Medicine
Melanoma is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer that is an important cause of new cancer diagnoses in the United States. Researchers investigating the surgical delay among Medicare beneficiaries with melanoma found that the vast majority — roughly 75 percent — were treated within six weeks of being diagnosed.More

How do we know what really works in health care?
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT is studying what really works in health care delivery. The growing body of work in this realm — done by economists — focuses on the link between health care and poverty. More

US to see greater need for Physical Therapy Assistants
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects hot job prospects for physical therapy assistants from 2012 through 2022, with growth averaging about 41 percent — well above the average of 11 percent for most jobs. More

5 exercises to prevent ACL tears
With the right training, many ACL injuries can be prevented. Here are five deceleration exercises that can significantly reduce your chances of suffering a season-ending ACL tear. More

Mental practice and physical therapy accelerate stroke recovery
IANS via Daiji World
A combination of mental practice and physical therapy provides an effective treatment for people recovering from a stroke, new research has found.More

10 Tijuana cosmetic clinics closed
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Ten cosmetic and plastic surgery clinics in Tijuana have been shut down by state and federal regulators after being found in violation of Mexican health laws.More

Researchers inching closer to effective Ebola vaccine
Katina Smallwood
A new Ebola vaccine being developed by drugmaker Profectus now has substantial data supporting its efficacy. A report recently published in the journal Nature highlights the company's clinical trials testing the new vaccine on monkeys.More

200,000 Britons go abroad for medical care as NHS waiting lists spiral
Official figures put the number at 63,000, but a medical group found that vast numbers of Britons are so frustrated by NHS waiting lists they are scouring Europe for faster treatments., which provides medical travel advice, said enquiries from Britons had more than trebled in the past six months, which could mean that at least 190,000 are planning to travel abroad.More