The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care has introduced a new toolkit called "Disease Management: Obesity in Adults" to encourage doctors to discuss weight management options with their obese patients.
Subcutaneous bumps that appear after dermal filler injections might be caused by bacteria, and treatment with steroids can cause the bacteria to proliferate, according to a study published in the journal Pathogens and Disease. The researchers cultured Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Propionibacterium acnes in a polyacrylamide hydrogel permanent filler, a semi-permanent calcium hydroxylapatite filler and a temporary hyaluronic acid filler. Prophylactic antibiotics prevented bacteria from forming on the biofilms in the gels, but in the cases where the bacteria did form, successive treatments with high doses of antibiotics were ineffective.
Surgeon Jose Barrera of the San Antonio Military Medical Center and Humble Surgical Hospital recently went on a surgical trip to Rwanda as part of the Canadian Foundation for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery's Face the Future Missions. The team performed 30 reconstructive surgeries over four days and trained local surgeons in new techniques. "Some of these deformities were extensive to the degree that the patients were really shunned by their society," Barrera said.