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Facebook facelift a growing trend
WDSU-TV
Some are calling it the Facebook facelift: A growing number of women and men are undergoing cosmetic procedures so they can look better in their social network pictures. A survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery shows a 31 percent uptick in plastic surgery, and cosmetic surgery accounted for 73 percent of all plastic surgery operations in 2012. That's up from 62 percent in 2011.
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How to manage adenoviral conjunctivitis
Optometry Times
Adenoviral conjunctivitis has never been so popular a topic as it is right now. With more than 26 million viewers tuning in to watch the Olympics, Americans watched Bob Costas's unilateral conjunctivitis worsen, then become bilateral. His ocular condition prompted many commentators to remark, "Can't someone help him?"
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FDA approves Myalept for treatment of lipodystrophy
Healio
The FDA on Feb. 25 approved metreleptin, in combination with diet, for the treatment of complications of leptin deficiency in patients with congenital generalized or acquired generalized lipodystrophy.
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Study: Regional anesthesia does not increase chance of falling
Outpatient Surgery
Could a study based on nearly 200,000 patient records topple the long-held belief that regional anesthesia makes patients more prone to falls in the first days after having knee replacement surgery?
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Medical identity theft a growing concern
Pamela Lewis Dolan
For the first time since The Identity Theft Resource Center started tracking data breaches in 2005, healthcare has topped the list of industries responsible for the largest percentage of data breaches. Of the 614 breaches the ITRC tracked across all sectors and industries last year, healthcare accounted for 43.6 percent.
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Survey: A third of cosmetic doctors may retire early due to Obamacare
Plastic Surgery Practice via PRWeb
More than 88 percent of aesthetic doctors are concerned about how the Affordable Care Act will affect the practice of plastic surgery, and up to one-third may retire early as a result of these changes, according to a new online poll conducted by Plastic Surgery Practice.
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Solo practices still lagging in EHR adoption
Pamela Lewis Dolan
The meaningful use incentive program has spurred a lot of growth in health IT use. But a digital divide still exists between solo practices and their larger counterparts, and between independent practices and those that belong to an integrated health delivery system.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Teledermatology may be reliable in triaging inpatient dermatology consultations
2 Minute Medicine
Teledermatologists and in-person dermatologists showed strong concordance when triaging patients, showing 90 percent shared agreement when recommending same-day evaluation. Teledermatologists were able to triage 10 percent of inpatient consults directly to the outpatient setting.
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Crowdfunding health innovation: Changing health care delivery
Forbes
Two of the most significant pieces of legislation in decades, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, are poised to transform the entire spectrum of healthcare. In tandem, these two bills have created a new world for healthcare innovators and investors. Ironically though, it is the innovators and investors who are joining forces to do what the ACA is unable to do: reduce costs and increase access.
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Telemedicine: A modern cure for an age-old problem
Roll Call
Technological advances have created new opportunities for enormous advances in healthcare delivery. However, this progress is stymied by an outdated statutory regime that restricts the use of telemedicine under Medicare.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


BU physical therapy intervention reduces workplace injury
Health Canal
U.S. employers pay nearly $1 billion each week for direct workers' compensation costs, according to OSHA estimates. A Boston University doctoral student in physical therapy, with mentorship from BU faculty and practitioners, has developed an intervention to help minimize workplace injury and decrease this cost.
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Should your practice hire an ICD-10 coder?
Brooke Andrus
The switch to ICD-10 will trigger a monumental shift in the way medical practitioners code patient diagnoses. The result is increased specificity in coding, but all that slick, souped-up data comes at a cost: time. You might want to consider calling in some backup in the form of an ICD-10 coder.
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Oklahoma House passes physical therapy referral bill
Claims Journal
The Oklahoma House passed legislation Feb. 19 that allows physical therapists to treat ailments without a prior referral from a doctor or other medical professional. The House voted 68-21 for the legislation and sent it to the state Senate, where similar legislation is being considered.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


New cosmetic rules are too weak, say British surgeons
OnMedica
Cosmetic surgeons in England have condemned the Department of Health's lack of action on cosmetic procedures, saying that the decision not to classify dermal fillers as prescription-only and set up a compulsory register for practitioners was a missed opportunity.
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Hawaii: Chinese visitors may revive focus on medical tourism
International Medical Travel Journal
Accelerating numbers of Chinese visitors to the islands of Hawaii represent a refreshed and unprecedented opportunity for health tourism.
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Cosmetic surgery: Finding the best deal in the world
Medical Blossoms
Cosmetic surgery is one of the top medical tourism specialties across the globe, and horizons are expanding in the field each year.
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