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August 2011 Briefing - Cosmetic Surgery

Last Updated: September 01, 2011.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Cosmetic Surgery for August 2011. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Complementary Medicine Used More by Health Care Workers

FRIDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health care workers, especially health care providers, are more likely to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) than the general, employed U.S. population, according to a study published online Aug. 22 in Health Services Research.

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Pharmaceutical Ads Often Don't Adhere to U.S. FDA Guidelines

THURSDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Physician-targeting pharmaceutical advertisements have low rates of adherence to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines and provide inadequate information for safe prescribing, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in PLoS One.

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CDC: 2010/2011 Flu Vaccination Coverage Studied

THURSDAY, Aug. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Influenza vaccination coverage among health care personnel (HCP) and pregnant women in the 2010/2011 influenza season was similar to coverage for the 2009/2010 season, according to two reports in the Aug. 19 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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High Cumulative Malpractice Risk for All Physicians

THURSDAY, Aug. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians in all specialties have a high cumulative risk of facing a malpractice claim by age 65; although most claims do not lead to indemnity payments, according to a study published in the Aug. 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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New Pressure Device Safe, Effective For Auricular Keloids

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Overnight use of a new pressure device as an adjuvant therapy for the treatment of auricular keloids is safe and effective, with the potential for prophylaxis of recurrence, according to a study published online Aug. 15 in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Rat-Tested PEG-HA Soft Tissue Implant Feasible in Humans

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10 (HealthDay News) -- A biosynthetic soft-tissue replacement composed of polyethylene glycol (PEG) photocrosslinked with hyaluronic acid (HA) tested on rats, is feasible in humans, without serious adverse events, according to a study published online July 27 in Science Translational Medicine.

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Cost of Interacting With Payers Higher in U.S. Than Canada

FRIDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Physician practices in the United States spend considerably more on interactions with health plans than Canadian practices, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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