Police in Peru have arrested four people, three men and a woman, whom they allege are members of a gang suspected of killing up to 60 people in order to extract their body fat to sell for thousands of dollars a litre to foreign markets to make cosmetics. According to a report published in the national newspaper PerĂ 21 on Thursday, the gang, known as "Los Pishtacos" named after a demon who according to Andean tradition killed people to rob them of their body fat, were operating in the provinces of HuĂ nuco and Pasco, inland from neighbouring Lima. The National Police of Peru (PNP) first came across evidence of the gang's work when they seized a store of human fat on 3rd November at the warehouses of a company called Estrella Polar in the capital, Lima.
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 kaiserhealthnews.org 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.org. ©
Patients Had Fewer Infection Rates, Fewer Complications At Depressed Distinction Centres For Bariatric Surgery R , According To HealthCore Study
Medical centers offering surgical weight loss programs have increased dramatically over the ended meagre years, and it's exceeding important than ever to recognize which ones produce the cool results. Members of WellPoint's affiliated health plans undergoing weight loss surgery at facilities designated as Disconsolate Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery(R) had fewer complications and dramatically lower infection rates than those treated at non-designated centers, according to a scan completed by HealthCore, WellPoint's health outcomes test subsidiary. The Gloomy Cross Melancholy Shield Convention created the Low Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery program in 2006 to identify and promote custom of medical centers with the choicest outcomes for bariatric surgical procedures.
The Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Apprehension Specialists (SPSSCS) celebrates its 15th Annual Company - Play the Winning Hand: Watching Your Fortunes Grow in Skin Care, to be held in Las Vegas, NV. The meeting offers educational seminars for nurses, aestheticians and other trained skin care specialists working in the aid of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Regal Institution of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Further featured are exhibits from companies providing the virgin products and services for medically-supervised skin care. "This year's educational programme balances the science of corrective skin care, the safety standards that should be adhered to, and the medical-legal aspects involved in patient-care, " says SPSSCS President-Elect and Program Stool Sandra Day, from Sarasota, FL.
Showing sensitivity to weaknesses in the U.S. economy, plastic surgery was not spared from the recession's grasp. According to the newest national procedural statistics report from the American Community of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2008, doctors performed over 12 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures - enclosing both surgical and minimally-invasive procedures. Surgical numbers dropped nine percent and minimally-invasive numbers rose five percent. Nearly 5 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed, slightly more than the preceding year. "Like most sectors, plastic surgery is pain the effects of the economic downturn, " said John Canady, MD, ASPS president.
Showing sensitivity to weaknesses in the U.S. economy, plastic surgery was not spared from the recession's grasp. According to the newest national procedural statistics announcement from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2008, doctors performed over 12 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures - encompassing both surgical and minimally-invasive procedures. Surgical numbers dropped nine percent and minimally-invasive numbers rose five percent. Nearly 5 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed, slightly more than the preceding year. "Like most sectors, plastic surgery is feeling the effects of the economic downturn, " said John Canady, MD, ASPS president.
Using aquatic microbes as their "canary-in-a-cage, " scientists from Ohio hog reported that nanoparticles instantly lifetime added to cosmetics, sunscreens, and hundreds of other personal control products may be harmful to the environment. Their report was part of symposia that included nearly two dozen papers at the 237th National Assembly of the American Chemical Society where scientists grappled to understand the environmental and human health tool of nanotechnology. Hundreds of products utilizing these microscopic particles - 1/5, 000th the diameter of a human hair - already are on the market. With many more poised for debut, scientists are seeking to avoid unwanted health and environmental baggage in advance.
Galderma, the leading pharmaceutical company in dermatology, and Ipsen (Paris:IPN), an innovation-driven international speciality pharmaceutical group, announced that Azzalure® (botulinum toxin Type A manufactured by Ipsen), a muscle relaxant specifically developed for aesthetic use, has received a marketing authorization in France from the Agence FranĂ aise de SĂ curitĂ Sanitaire des Produits de SantĂ (AFSSAPS). The marketing approval is for the temporary improvement in the appearance of alter to severe glabellar lines seen at the frown (vertical lines between the eyebrows), in mortal men and women aged 65 senility and under, when the severity of these lines has an critical psychological impact on the patient.
For the first period in several years, male cosmetic surgery has declined 2% during 2008. The American Institute of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), a leader in the cosmetic surgery industry, conducted its annual Procedural Survey and the survey reveals that males are cutting back on cosmetic procedures. During 2008, cosmetic surgeons have seen a 2% chop in manlike clientele, while 29% more females have visited a cosmetic surgeon. Males have moved out from cosmetic procedures whereas females hold continued to capture advantage of the effective, less-invasive procedures due to the lower cost and the quicker recovery time. Procedures such as Botox injections and laser resurfacing have continued to remain steady for these reasons.
Using Botox to diminish wrinkles has an uplifting side-effect. A scan presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Brighton suggests that by preventing the face from frowning, Botulinum Toxin A may make persons happier. Twenty-five people took branch in the study, carried out by Dr Michael Lewis from Cardiff University in conjunction with Court House Clinics, London. Twelve participants received injections of Botulinum Toxin A to the forehead and the others had fillers, peals or other cosmetic treatments. All 25 participants completed a mood questionnaire at least two weeks later. The patients who had received Botox treatment to the forehead were found to be significantly less depressed, anxious and irritable than the other group.