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Recent advances in the delivery of acne therapeutics
Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Acne is the most common skin disorder in adolescents with a prevalence of 80-85 percent. The problem starts when the hair follicles become clogged by androgen-induced increased sebum production, dirt and dead skin cells. Sometimes, Propionibacterium acnes can also be present, leading to redness, swelling and pus. The combination of all these factors is acne, which includes whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and cysts. In terms of stages, acne can be mild, moderate or severe. Treatment strategies for acne can vary with the stage and intensity of the disease.
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Peer Review Reporting for Period 2 (July 1 – December 31) 2014 opened Jan. 7 and closes Feb. 21. Facility contacts should check their email inboxes or mailboxes for complete details.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Survey: Requests for 'celebrity procedures' jumped 13 percent in 2014
Healio
According to the results of an annual survey by the American Academy of Facial and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, 13 percent of facial plastic surgeons surveyed saw an increase in requests for celebrity procedures in 2014, up from 3 percent in 2013 and 7 percent in 2012, according to a press release.
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Study: Tarsal sling for post-blepharoplasty lower eyelid malposition
Cosmetic Surgery Times
Blepharoplasty may be a popular procedure for facial rejuvenation, but it is not without drawbacks, including the risk of eyelid displacement that comes with lower transcutaneous blepharoplasty. A team of researchers in Italy examined how effective the tarsal sling technique is for reducing the risk of lower eyelid margin malposition in a study published in the January issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
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Smart stethoscope attachment could aid in accurate diagnoses
Smithsonian
Eko Core clips on to existing stethoscopes and lets physicians share heart sounds through their smartphones and the Web.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Feds to tie more Medicare payments to 'value'
CNBC
The federal government plans to significantly change the way it reimburses Medicare providers in coming years, moving to pay less based on the volume of specific services given to patients, and more for the quality of care those people receive under that massive government-run health coverage program.
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New healthcare price study hides the true cost of care
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
A recent Reuters article discusses the huge disparity in prices for common surgical procedures such as hip and knee replacement. The article highlights a study by Blue Cross Blue Shield that is self-serving to say the least. It points out how doctors and insurers charge high prices for these procedures and, depending on the facility, prices can fluctuate by up to 300 percent. But before we go any further, it is imperative to understand that what a hospital charges an insurer is almost completely unrelated to how much the insurer reimburses for those services.
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Improving self-pay collections with zero-interest loans
HealthLeaders Media
By launching a zero-interest loan program for patients, a Pennsylvania health system gets access to the money right away and is able to consolidate the administration of outstanding accounts. Patients "are grateful," says one executive.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Wyoming ASCs' recovery care proposal iced
Outpatient Surgery
Wyoming's ASC community is playing defense against hospital hysteria over legislation that would have opened the door to outpatient joint replacement surgery.
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Bill to expand telemedicine in Colorado reaches House floor
FierceHealthIT
A bill that could preclude health insurance plans from requiring in-person care in certain cases could boost the use of telemedicine in Colorado.
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Franken seeks solutions to rural health challenges
Duluth News Tribune
Older adults living in rural Northeastern Minnesota face health care challenges from a lack of access to resources, shortage of medical staff and isolation in small towns, industry representatives told Sen. Al Franken during a listening session in Duluth.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Injuries treated with kinesiology tape are recordable, according to OSHA
Safety + Health
An injury requiring kinesiology tape for treatment must be recorded on employers' injury and illness logs, according to a recent OSHA letter of interpretation.
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Why I won't feel bullied into quitting soft-tissue therapy
Heidi Dawson
Soft-tissue techniques have been getting a bit of a beating recently. More and more well-respected figures in the physical therapy field are denouncing their use as a waste of clinical time. This was backed up recently by the "Choose Wisely" campaign, run by the American Board of International Medicine and endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association.
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The power of exercise for Parkinson's disease
WGHP
Research has shown that increased intensity, duration and frequency of activity/exercise can significantly improve function and mobility for Parkinson's disease patients. Specifically, high intensity, progressive aerobic activity, such as cycling, pole walking and jogging or walking on a treadmill, has been shown to prepare the brain for learning new activities and improve motor function.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Cosmetic surgery 'popularity declines'
BBC
The popularity of cosmetic surgery in the U.K. dropped in 2014, figures show. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said there had been 45,406 surgical procedures last year — down 9 percent from 50,122 in 2013.
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The UAE's 10-minute knee replacement surgery
Gulf News
There is better news than 2-minute noodles. In the UAE, you can actually get your knee replaced in 10 minutes flat and walk in two hours. The RAK Hospital has signed a partnership with Shalby Hospitals, India, and the founder and chairman, Dr. Vikram Shah, who conducts the "zero technique" 10-minute Total Knee Replacement surgery.
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India: 'M-visa a boon, but process needs to be simplified'
Express Healthcare
In an exclusive interview, Zahabiya Khorakiwala, MD, Wockhardt Hospitals, elucidates the steps needed to take India's medical tourism potential beyond borders.
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