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"The primary purpose of this study was to assess the long-term results after full-face carbon dioxide laser resurfacing," write P. Daniel Ward, MD, MS, and Shan R. Baker, MD, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and colleagues. "Long-term efficacy and complications were examined, with particular attention directed at determining the incidence of hypopigmentation that was evident on photographic review by an independent observer. The population of patients who developed hypopigmentation was further analyzed to determine whether there are any other factors that are associated with hypopigmentation."
Britain's largest cosmetic surgery provider the Harley Medical Group said demand for procedures had grown by 35 percent over the past 10 months.
Abdomnoplasty or "tummy tuck" operations, a procedure costing nearly 5,000 pounds ($9,700), were up 59 percent, while breast augmentation surgery swelled 40 percent, it said.
Pharmacists identified a total of 353 discrepancies between the pharmacist-obtained history and that obtained by the physician. For example, they identified 614 medications being used by patients, whereas the physicians identified only 556 (P < .001). Pharmacists also documented significantly more doses and dosing schedules than did physicians, and documented allergies and vaccinations more consistently.
The company, which provides health-care services under government programs, said in a filing with the SEC that the payment did not represent a settlement, and was an estimate of refunds its subsidiaries owe for the years 2002 through 2006.
"These findings suggest that together, high depression scores and antidepressant use seem to confer a double whammy, so that individuals with this combination have significantly poorer concentration and slower reaction times when driving," principal investigator Holly Dannewitz, PhD, told Medscape Psychiatry.
The results, reported in the July issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism, come from a case-control study of 209 patients who experienced an MI, heart failure, unstable angina, arrhythmia, symptomatic hypotension, or pulmonary embolism during the surgical admission for TJR, and 209 matched patients who did not have cardiovascular complications.
In the first report, Dr. Shuzhong Guo and colleagues from the Fourth Military Medical University in Xian, China, describe the 2-year outcomes of a 30-year-old man on whom they performed a partial facial allotransplantation in 2006.
However, optimizing treatment for these patients presents many challenges, according to experts who participated in a Pfizer-sponsored satellite symposium here at the 33rd European Society for Medical Oncology Congress. Targeted therapies have improved survival in mRCC, but to achieve these benefits, it is important to avoid interruptions in therapy and dose reductions, explained Alain Ravaud, MD, professor of medical oncology and coordinator of the cancer care department at Bordeaux University Hospital, in France.
"High hepatitis B viral load," senior investigator Dr. Man-Fung Yuen told Reuters Health, "is associated with a higher chance of HCC recurrence after surgical resection. Use of an antiviral agent after surgery may reduce this chance."
"Catheter-directed intervention is now a viable treatment option for massive PE at centers with the appropriate expertise," Dr. William T. Kuo from Stanford University Medical Center in California told Reuters Health. "This treatment is likely to be much safer and more effective than standard treatment with intravenous tPA."
The results are only "a beginning," Dr. Farzaneh Banki told Reuters Health. "It's not a screening tool, not yet."
Plasma DNA was measured using polymerase chain reaction in 44 healthy control subjects and preoperatively in 45 patients with esophageal cancer, with follow-up measurements in 21. Serum CEA was measured preoperatively in 31 of the patients and postoperatively in 14 of the 21 patients who had sequential plasma DNA measured.
"Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines strongly recommend that elderly trauma patients be treated as aggressively as non-elderly patients," write David C. Chang, PhD, MPH, MBA, from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, and colleagues. "However, some studies have suggested that age bias may still exist in trauma care, even in the prehospital phase of that care."
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