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'Botax' On Cosmetic Surgery Questioned

The Associated Press: "The White House and Senate Democrats have turned to a proposal to tax breast implants, tummy tucks, wrinkle-smoothing injections and other procedures as they search for ways to pay for costly health care overhaul plans." The Senate health bill, which was unveiled Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada "would slap a 5 percent excise tax on elective cosmetic surgeries and procedures to help pay for expanding coverage to the uninsured." The national tax is projected to raise $6 billion over 10 years (Hirschfeld Davis, 11/19). Kaiser Health News: "Plastic surgeons decried the proposal, saying their practices were battered by the recession and are just beginning to recover.

10 Things You Must Know About H1N1 Vaccines

1. Multi-dose vials both seasonal and inject able H1N1 swine flu vaccines contain MERCURY, which is a known neurotoxin. 2. The vaccines contain FORMALDEHYDE and exposure to formaldehyde has been shown to increase the risk of developing certain CANCERS. 3. It is unknown whether H1N1 vaccine is safe to give to all pregnant women, children and adults, especially if they are chronically ill or sick at the time of vaccination. 4. There was an increased risk of developing Gullain-Bare Syndrome (GBS), a sometimes fatal inflammation of the nerves, after the swine flu vaccination in 1976. 5. BGS and brain inflammation has been reported after seasonal influenza vaccination.

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Polyacrylamide Hydrogel Shows Promise As Lasting Dermal Filler

The investigational injectable filler 2.5% polyacrylamide hydrogel (AquamidR) is as effective and well tolerated as hyaluronic acid (HA, RestylaneR), for the correction of nasolabial folds, according to pivotal data released here at the 2009 American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) meeting. In fact, the results showed the polyacrylamide hydrogel was as effective as HA at six months on the widely validated Wrinkle Assessment Scale (WAS), the study's primary endpoint. In addition, efficacy was maintained at the 12-month follow-up evaluation. "Our results demonstrate that polyacrylamide hydrogel shows strong potential as a permanent soft tissue filler, " Rhoda Narins, MD, Clinical professor of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York City and Director of the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center of New York, said.

Do You Trash it, Flush it, Or What?

Disposing of medicines is a tricky subject. No one wants to be responsible for making someone else sick, especially a child, but that is the risk of improperly disposing of medications. For the person they are prescribed for, medicines can be life-saving. But oftentimes, people have leftovers they are unsure how to dispose of. Most medicines have disposal instructions on the label, but if yours doesn't, here is the proper disposal procedure for most medications. Many medicines can be thrown away in your regular household trash if you mix them with something unpalatable, such as coffee grounds and sealing them in a bag or plastic container.

Breast Reconstruction Varies By Race

Latinas who spoke little English were less likely to undergo reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy for breast cancer, according to a study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The study compared breast reconstruction among white women, African-American women, Latina women who were highly acculturated and Latina women who were less acculturated. Acculturation is a measure of how much a person is integrated into American society. For Latinas, a significant factor is whether they speak primarily English or Spanish. The researchers looked at 806 women treated for breast cancer in Detroit and Los Angeles.

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Swine Flu Immunization Schedule - New Update and Prediction

Although the H1N1 panic is at a fever pitch at this time, it's a safe bet that by summer 2010 the swine flu issue will have faded off into the boneyard of vaccine memorabilia. Policymakers have well discerned that this particular type of illusion has a finite shelf life, due in no small part to the ever-shortening attention span of the collective American mentality. We must recall that the commotion in recent years over smallpox, anthrax, SARS, and Avian flu lasted only as long as necessary for the drug and vaccine funds to be allocated. Once that happens, there is no longer any motive to continue to fan the flames of pandemic hysteria - a media campaign like that requires so much effort, and costs so much money to maintain, especially for a disease that never existed in the first place.

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