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Mar. 1, 2013


Laser hair removal tops list of most litigated laser surgery procedures
Plastic Surgery Practice
Cutaneous laser surgery can be risky business, especially if the laser is operated by a non-physician, a new study suggests. Dr. H. Ray Jalian of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and colleagues identified 174 cases related to injury stemming from these procedure from 1985 to 2012. The incidence of litigation appeared to increase and peak in 2010.
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Study examines Botox dose disparity in aesthetic face tx
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
For patients undergoing onabotulinum toxin A injections, the difference in doses given to achieve desired results in the muscles of the upper and lower face results from variable amounts of paralysis needed to achieve the desired aesthetic effects, according to a study published online in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
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Malpractice suits related to laser skin surgery soar
Dermatology Times
Legal action related to cutaneous laser procedures have increased significantly in the past three decades, according to results of a recent study, and even doctors who aren't personally handling the devices are being named in litigation.
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Propionibacterium acnes strain associated with healthy skin
Using bacterial strain-level analysis, researchers associated a strain of Propionibacterium acnes with healthy skin in contrast to two other strains strongly associated with acne, according to recent study results.
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Address your aging eyes
The eyes are one of the first areas of the face to show the signs of aging, which can be anything from fine lines and wrinkles to more severe under-eye bags, hollows and creepy skin. Fillers may be a quick fix for the right patient but they physically don't address structural changes to the eyes — only surgery can.
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Botox or your bills? Plastic surgery wins out
USA Today
Fewer Americans seem to be frowning on cosmetic plastic surgery. People may be struggling with gas prices and health care costs, but cosmetic plastic surgery procedures rose 5 percent from 2011 to 2012, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports. In 2012, 14.6 million procedures, including minimally invasive and surgical, were performed in the U.S., according to the organization's annual statistics.
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Adding elesclomol to paclitaxel for advanced melanoma
HealthDay News via DoctorsLounge
Lactate dehydrogenase levels may be predictive of success in treating chemotherapy-naive patients with advanced melanoma with a combination of elesclomol plus paclitaxel, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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Clinicians ID botulinum toxin dose disparities
Dermatology Times
Treating facial rhytids may require botulinum toxin doses as much as five times higher in the upper facial muscles than the lower facial muscles, according to findings of a recent study. Investigators with the University of Washington, Seattle, collected electromyography data to assess whether the disparity between botulinum toxin doses is due to differences in muscle groups' responses to the treatment, or to variable amounts of paralysis that is required to achieved the desired outcomes, according to the study abstract.
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Skin damage caused by sunbeds ups use of anti-aging products USA
A new study from Cancer Research UK shows that skin damage in British sunbed users is leading twice as many of these individuals to use anti-aging products in an attempt at fighting back wrinkles.
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Organic cosmetics deadlocked?
Premium Beauty News
The slowdown of natural and organic cosmetics growth rates combined with the failure of some iconic brands despite their support by leading groups, raise questions about the potential of a segment, which in many countries is not able to capture a significant share of the cosmetics market.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Mismatch: Sun exposure in modern life, skin pigmentation (Medical News Today)
High GI-diet, dairy intake linked to acne (Medical News Today)
Mycobacterial infections may emerge from fractional resurfacing (Dermatology Times)
New technology could make antioxidants in skin care products more effective (American Academy of Dermatology)
Demand for Botox, fillers drives US cosmetic surgery growth (Reuters)

Who is really prescribing that drug?
By Mike Wokasch
There was a time in the not-too-distant past when physicians were dependent on product information provided by pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical companies had a prescription drug information monopoly. They controlled what product information to disclose and how to present the information to the market — almost exclusively to physicians. Information technology and the Internet facilitated easy, rapid access to product and medical information to virtually anybody willing to go online, including patients. Physicians now face a labyrinth of influences on their prescribing practices.
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Tanning salons allowing children to use facilities
Medical News Today
Despite the ever-increasing evidence of the health risks associated with using indoor tanning beds, a recent survey conducted on tanning salon operators in the state of Missouri revealed that 65 percent continue to allow kids as young as 10 to use their facilities. The finding was published in the journal Pediatrics.
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