A leucistic giraffe, one whose skin contains some cells that cannot produce pigment, has been spotted in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park one year after it was first seen. The animal, called Omo, has some normal pigmentation and some white areas of skin. Ecologist Derek Lee snapped a photo of Omo and expressed concerns for her safety, noting that poachers may target her because of her unique markings.
The FDA has granted Syneron Candela expanded approval for its PicoWay, a picosecond laser previously approved for use in tattoo removal. The device can now also be used in the U.S. for the treatment of pigmented lesions. The firm said the device also obtained clearance from Health Canada for both indications.
The 532 nm Laser Delivery System, developed by Cynosure, has obtained clearance from the FDA. The system, which removes yellow, orange and red tattoo ink more efficiently, works with the firm's dermal repair device, PicoSure, which is used to treat acne scars, wrinkles, benign pigmented lesions and tattoos. The product is expected to be available in the second quarter.
Health insurers processed 7.1% of claims incorrectly in 2013, down from 9.5% in 2012 and 19% in 2011, according to the American Medical Association's National Health Insurer Report Card. The claim denial rate fell to 1.82% from 3.48% the prior year. Medicare processed more than 98% of claims correctly on first submission.