How to avoid common mistakes when selecting your plastic surgeon

How to avoid common mistakes when selecting your plastic surgeon

The most important factor in plastic surgery – the one that determines your safety and outcome – is your choice of plastic surgeon. As thoughts of swimsuits at the beach can prompt resolutions for self-enhancement, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is providing 8 essential tips for finding the right plastic surgeon and questions to ask during your consultation when considering plastic and cosmetic surgery, as well as non-invasive, cosmetic treatments. Not all physicians are created equal Choose a surgeon who has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) – one of 24 boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The ABPS issues certifications based on rigorous criteria, including 6 to 9 years of training dedicated to plastic surgery. All members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are board-certified by the ABPS. Legally, any licensed physician can perform surgical...
Sleep supplements – are they good for you?

Sleep supplements – are they good for you?

Sleep is perhaps one of the greatest blessings of God upon mankind. If we recount the basic needs of the human body and mind, sleep would certainly take one of the top spots. It is impossible to live without it. You can only get so far on coffee and cigarettes before your brain gives up and you hit the pavement; either dead or asleep. To some ambitious folks, the concept of sleep is particularly irksome. Why must we whirl away half of our life in such a practically useless state, when instead we could be using that time for more conducive tasks. While the other end of the spectrum considers it beautiful bliss; an abyss free from stress and anxiety. Regardless of your perception, sleep is necessary and a lack of it can cause a lot of issues in your daily life. As we get older, the emotional and psychological repercussions of said issues can add a lot of heft to our overwhelmed psyche. This worry and stress often manifests itself in the...
Genome surgery for eye disease moves closer to reality

Genome surgery for eye disease moves closer to reality

Researchers from Columbia University have developed a new technique for the powerful gene editing tool CRISPR to restore retinal function in mice afflicted by a degenerative retinal disease, retinitis pigmentosa. This is the first time researchers have successfully applied CRISPR technology to a type of inherited disease known as a dominant disorder. This same tool might work in hundreds of diseases, including Huntington’s disease, Marfan syndrome, and corneal dystrophies. Their study was published online in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Stephen H. Tsang, M.D., Ph.D., and his colleagues sought to create a more agile CRISPR tool so it can treat more patients, regardless of their individual genetic profile. Dr. Tsang calls the technique genome surgery because it cuts out the bad gene and replaces it with a normal, functioning gene. Dr. Tsang said he expects human trials to begin in three years....

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