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Georgia's on my mind with French baguette's softer rival

It's time I shared my delicious discovery with you. It's the Georgian baguette, as made by Otari Kobalia of European Breads Bakery, 4324 Fraser St. It's a rustic baguette that's flatter and more irregular than the French version.

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Carbon Dioxide Laser Resurfacing May Be Safe, Effective for Facial Rhytids

"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."

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Cosmetic Surgery Booming in Britain, Study Finds

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.

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Can Pharmacists Improve the Accuracy of Medication Histories?

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.

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WellCare to Pay $35.2 Million Amid Medicaid Probe

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.

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Combination of Severe Depression and Antidepressant Use Impairs Driving Ability

"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.

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New Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Problems After Joint Surgery Identified

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.

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Facial Transplantation Shows Promise for Severe Disfigurement

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.

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Targeted Therapies Improve Outcomes in Renal Cancer and GIST, but Challenges Remain

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.

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High HBV Viral Load at Surgery Tied to Liver Cancer Return

"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."

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