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Plastic Surgeons Cry Foul Over Senate Health Bill's Cosmetic Surgery Tax

Kaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz writes about the so-called "botax." "If you're considering Botox to erase frown lines or liposuction to get rid of love handles, you might want to move fast. ... The $848 billion health care bill unveiled Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., includes a 5 percent tax on cosmetic procedures and surgeries" (11/19). Read entire story. This information was reprinted from with kind permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, search the archives and sign up for email delivery at kaiserhealthnews.

Pharmaceutical Industry is Years Behind When it Comes to Testing Approved Drugs

US federal drug officials have not been effective in enforcing the law that drug makers have to make completely sure that a certain drug works in the expected fashion before releasing it into the market. Several studies on drugs remain incomplete and there is lack of evidence that these drugs work as expected. The doctors and the patients are confused about the functioning of some of the most critical medications, especially the ones that are being used to treat cancer and heart diseases. The Congress had passed a resolution in 2007 which gave more power to the Food and Drug Administration of the United States to take action against drug companies.

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Demand For Cosmetic And Surgical Procedures In Dermatologic Surgery Rising Rapidly, Researchers Find

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and the Laser and Skin Cancer Center of Indiana, (Carmel, Indiana), found that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of procedures performed and patient demand for dermatologic health care since 2000. The findings, which were recently reported in Dermatologic Surgery, parallels the growth in the age of individuals between the ages of 40 to 55, who make up the "Baby Boomer" generation. The number of cosmetic and non-cosmetic surgical procedures performed by dermatologic surgeons has been rising rapidly, but there are few consistent data sources that track procedure volumes over time.

Hemorrhoids - At Last a Real Treatment With Staying Power

Honestly and genuinely if you are suffering from Hemorrhoids then you need not look any further. But first lets face reality. If you go to the pharmacy its easy to find the shelf and choose one of the myriad of treatments, creams and ointments. If these don't work you go to the doctors and have to have that embarrassing conversation and examination. Hopefully another ointment or cream will do the trick. However more than likely you are reading this because it didn't. So the next step is another consultation perhaps more investigations and then ultimately surgery. I'm sure if you have a bad problem, then you may be thinking that this is a good option, but believe me what you don't think about is the weeks of recovery trying to sit down on a ring.

Better Laser For Treating Facial Spider Veins Identified By BUSM Researchers

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have concluded that the 940nm wavelength laser is superior for treating facial spider veins (telangiectasias) as compared to the 532nm wavelength laser. The findings, which appear in the recent issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, are the first time these lasers were tested against each other for superiority. Telangiectasias are open (dilated) blood vessels in the outer layer of the skin usually caused by sun damage or aging. When appearing on the legs, they are often called spider veins. They are common to a number diseases, including acne, rosacea, birthmarks (port-wine stains), scleroderma, several types of inherited disorders (ataxia-telangiectasia, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, xeroderma pigmentosum, and others), or with prolonged use of oral or topical corticosteroids.

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Plastic Wall Panelling Makes Hospitals Cleaner

Hospitals in the UK are at an all time low after it has recently been revealed that inspections do not give a true impression of how bad hospitals are in terms of service and cleanliness. Several hospitals which were reported to be 'good' in NHS inspections have now been found to be seriously substandard. In one hospital, walls were splattered with blood, there were unidentifiable liquids on the floor and sanitation of toxic and potentially contaminating materials was below par. Plastic wall panelling is one way in which hospitals can stay cleaner and make the risk of infection to patients lower. They do this by being easy to clean, protection against damage from heavy contact, and strong enough to withstand strong cleaning agents.

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