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Many women choose a tummy tuck after childbirth to return their body to a pre-pregnancy shape. Although the choice is cosmetic, researchers have discovered an abdominoplasty can actually improve two common health concerns: back pain and urinary incontinence. The information could help women find treatment for these post-childbirth health concerns and possibly even prompt insurance companies to cover these helpful surgeries. The abdominoplasty study was prompted by case study reports of patients improving back pain symptoms and incontinence after abdominoplasty with rectus plication. No large studies had investigated this claim, so surgeon D. Alastair Taylor and others in Australia decided to see for themselves if abdominoplasty's benefits really do go well beyond cosmetic improvements. What is Abdominoplasty? Abdominoplasty, often referred to as a tummy tuck and part of a mommy makeover, involves cosmetic improvements to the abdomen. Especially after childbirth, but also after weigh [Read more]
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For young women living with rheumatoid arthritis, it seems there may be worse to come. A new study discovered the physical decline associated with rheumatoid arthritis accelerates after menopause, with greater numbers of disease flareups as a woman ages. Rheumatology in Women An estimated 1.3 million adults in the U.S. have rheumatoid arthritis, and women are three times more likely to be affected by this autoimmune disease than men. As a patient's immune system attacks their own body tissues, the lining of the joints can become swollen and painful, and as bones erode, the joints can become deformed. As debilitating as this disease can be for both women and men, previous studies had found the disease shifts as women experience pregnancy, childbirth, and other hormone fluctuations, with decreased symptoms during pregnancy and more flareups after childbirth. Women are also more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis if they have early menopause than those who have normal or lat [Read more]
Botox in Dentistry: Why Dentists Use Botox?
Botox has emerged as a therapy that can be utilized in many clinical situations. This is evidenced by its position as the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure in the United States. Its versatility extends to its uses in dentistry, where dentists are finding many situations where Botox can help their patients with cosmetic concerns, periodontal diseases, and more. Botox is a type A botulinum toxin that induces a local paralysis in muscle tissue, causing the treated muscle(s) to relax. This mode of action makes Botox extremely adaptable for treating numerous movement disorders, neuromuscular afflictions, pain-associated conditions, and age-related cosmetic concerns. In this article, we will discuss the various applications Botox is suited for in the dentistry field and why it is advantageous for dentists to begin offering Botox treatments in their practice. Botox for cosmetic concerns in dentistry Dentists are particularly qualified to administer Botox t [Read more]
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Not that long ago, in the mid-1980s, more than half the doctors in the U.S. worked independently, and less than five percent were in large physician groups. Now healthcare has undergone a dramatic shift, with only 36 percent of physicians working in a solo practice in 2017. 20 percent of physicians now work in groups of 25 or more and 65% of doctors are based in a hospital. If trends continue, by just 2019, an estimated 75 percent of all new physicians will be employed in a hospital. This is driven in part by the newest generation of doctors, who are 2.5 times less likely than their older counterparts to be in solo practice, and the lack of replacements for retiring solo physicians. Many existing doctors are also enticed out of private practice with buyout offers from hospitals and other healthcare providers. With the number of U.S. solo medical practices declining rapidly, it is time to examine the trend, and see what the advantages might be for a new doctor deciding to go it [Read more]
With businesses increasingly embracing online services, it was almost inevitable that medicine would follow. Although teledermatology has become more popular, some still have their doubts about how well doctors can diagnose a patient based on a picture or video. Now, a new study confirms that even a cell phone picture can be effective in helping doctors diagnose skin conditions. Teledermatology involves a virtual patient visit, with a dermatologist or family doctor speaking to a patient through video chat or simply viewing pictures of a skin condition. This and other types of telemedicine can help reach patients who live in remote areas, who do not have a specialist in their region, or who have mobility issues and cannot visit their doctor in person. The service can also make a doctor’s visit quicker and easier, allowing a patient to consult their doctor on the go. The Pediatric Teledermatology Study Patrick McMahon, MD, and a team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [Read more]
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You have probably heard it before: drugs and medical devices from other countries are dangerous. That may make sense on the surface, but once you delve into where drugs are actually made, and who oversees these factories, you realize this is simply not true. When it comes to drug imports, not knowing these details could hit you right in the wallet as you continue to pay more for exactly the same (and just as safe) products than doctors in other countries. 1. Most American drugs and aesthetic devices are made overseas. Buy American: that is what the pharmaceutical companies tell you. When you pay more than $500 to buy Botox from your American suppliers, you are buying a genuine vial of American Botox. The problem is, your American Botox is not made in the U.S.A. at all. All vials of the botulinum toxin are made in one factory and one factory only, located in Ireland. This Irish manufacturing plant produces all the world's Botox, ready for delivery to more than seventy different countr [Read more]
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As a doctor, your specialty is caring for people, and marketing or sales are likely not subjects you studied extensively in school. Despite that, these business skills can help you get the most out of your medical practice, and the more you learn, the more you can do. One way you can increase per-patient profitability in your cosmetic clinic is with the cross-sell, helping you not only enhance your medical practice but also helping your patients discover products and services that can benefit them. When you do your cross-selling right, everybody wins. While an up-sell involves offering your patient an upgraded version of their treatment, a cross-sell involves offering your client a related product or service along with the treatment they have already booked. For example, offering to treat perioral wrinkles along with lip augmentation would be an up-sell. Offering a hydrating facial treatment after a cosmetic treatment or offering skincare products for your patient to take home would b [Read more]
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Demand for plastic surgery is growing worldwide, with a 9% increase in procedures globally. Not surprisingly, the United States dominates, performing 17.9% of the total procedures, almost twice as many as second place Brazil. New statistics highlight where the U.S. stands in the world of plastic surgery and which procedures are gaining ground. The statistics come from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), who have tracked the total number of international procedures for the past few years. For their study, the organization surveyed 35,000 plastic surgeons spanning the globe, asking about surgical and non-surgical procedures they performed in 2016. The report provides insights not only into which countries are performing these procedures, but which procedures are trending higher worldwide. According to the report, there were 4,217,862 procedures in the U.S. in 2016, which are 17.9% of all procedures performed worldwide. Next in the rankings is Brazil, not sur [Read more]
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