The ASF Source
Nov. 20, 2014

Doctors perform first US bariatric embolization to treat obesity
PR Newswire
A new procedure to combat obesity was recently performed by physicians at Dayton Interventional Radiology. Bariatric embolization is a minimally invasive technique whereby a small catheter is introduced into the groin or wrist and guided into the left gastric artery that supplies the upper stomach. Particles smaller than a grain of sand are then injected into the left gastric artery to embolize the tiny branches of this artery.More

Hit me with your breast shot!
Plastic Surgery Practice
If you really want to know what your new breasts will look like, try them on for reals. The concept, advanced but New York City plastic surgeon Norman Rowe, MD, involves injecting saline into the breast to create the look and feel of implants.

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Cleveland Clinic does its 2nd face transplant
The Associated Press via WKBN-TV
Cleveland Clinic surgeons have replaced nearly the entire face of a middle-aged man severely disfigured in a car accident, the hospital announced Nov. 18. The operation in late September was the second face transplant by the Ohio hospital. More

The rise of the end-of-decade makeover
Daily Mail
If you are approaching the age of 29, 39 or 49 then you could be about to make an important change in your life, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which found "people who are nearing the end of a decade may be more likely to make large purchases (e.g., buy life insurance, invest in retirement savings, pursue cosmetic surgery, etc.)."More

The science of skin prepping
Outpatient Surgery
Recent years have seen the publication of several landmark studies on pre-operative skin preparation's role in reducing bacteria and preventing surgical site infections, but these have by no means been the last word on the subject. What does the latest literature recommend on skin antisepsis and hair removal? More

Women's health and gender-specific guidelines
HealthLeaders Media
As a population, women have different health and medical needs beyond the ones that present in the bikini zone. Leading providers recognize the value of gender-based medicine and strive to educate and empower patients.More

A need for RNs: Heading off the nursing shortage
Dorothy L. Tengler
Despite the chatter about a nursing shortage, registered nurses are near the top of the list when it comes to employment growth, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.More

4 keys to capitalizing on retinal surgery
Outpatient Surgery
There's a revolution underway in retinal surgery. To take full advantage of the rapid pace of improvement, you'll need to understand these four key components of a successful vitreo-retinal surgical practice.More

Xerox and HealthSpot to expand telehealth access in US
Surgical Products
In a move that expands patient access to care, Xerox is investing in HealthSpot Inc., a pioneer in patient- and provider-driven healthcare technology. The investment enables groundbreaking telehealth to be delivered to patients in convenient locations nationwide.More

Kaiser Permanente to staff Target primary care clinics
Fierce Healthcare
Kaiser Permanente clinicians will now staff clinics at three San Diego-area Target stores. The retail clinics will accept other insurance in addition to Kaiser and are working out contracts "for certain services" with Medicare, MediCal and Blue Shield of California, along with additional insurers.More

Where have all the doctors gone?
Signing up for health insurance on the new state and federal exchanges was supposed to be a snap with Obama's Affordable Care Act. While that didn't turn out to work very well, many health policy experts appear to be more concerned about the country's next healthcare crisis: having coverage doesn't guarantee patients easy access to a doctor.More

PT practice opens 28 new clinics, expands home health business
Open Source Magazine
ATI Physical Therapy, the nation's largest physical therapy practice under one brand, has strengthened its foothold in the industry through the acquisition of 28 clinics in two states, plus the addition of home health rehabilitation.More

Computer games could be physical therapy for Parkinson's patients
The key to fighting some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease may be playing computer games like the Nintendo Wii, according to new research.More

Running won't raise risk of knee arthritis, study says
HealthDay via Medical Xpress
Regular running doesn't seem to increase your chances of developing knee osteoarthritis, and it may even help prevent the disease, researchers report.More

Should health systems send patients abroad to save money?
Université de Montréal via Science Daily
While various options can be explored to rationalize resources in the health sector, delegating certain medical services to foreign hospitals should be assessed in an interdisciplinary context, one health law expert claims.More

Ontario looking to ban or further restrict medical tourism
Global News
The Ontario government is reviewing the guidelines regulating medical tourism, but a source has said it's likely to ban or restrict formalized international patient programs and medical tourism in the province. More

NYC plastic surgeon reports unexpected rise in patients from Middle East
In what appears to be a new trend in medical tourism, New York City plastic surgeons are seeing a rise in patients seeking plastic surgery in Manhattan from several Middle Eastern countries. More