By Scott Teitelbaum, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Florida. Vivitrol, a non-opioid medication, is used to treat some cases of opioid dependence. Addiction specialists stress that not all patients need medication, but that many do. Continue Reading →
If you really must have this kind of cosmetic surgery, for God’s sake, do a little research. And don’t go to a freestanding clinic that’s not in a hospital!
In April, after a year-long investigation, the Florida Board of Medicine revoked the license of a Miami doctor for seriously injuring four different patients in 2015 while performing a procedure known as the “Brazilian butt lift” and liposuction surgeries. But a judge overrode that decision and the doctor continued to practice. Two months later, on the same day the Florida Court of Appeals denied a requires from the board to stop the doctor from doing liposuctions, a 30-year female patient died in his clinic while he was performing an undisclosed procedure.
When emergency responders arrived at the Doral clinic, the doctor was performing CPR on the Illinois woman. She had stopped breathing in the middle of the procedure. She was pronounced dead a short time later at the Kendall Regional Medical Center.
During liposuction, fat is removed through a surgical incision with a metal rod. The rod is plunged in and out of the patient. The doctor advertises his specialty as the Brazilian butt lift, transferring the fat that is removed from parts of the body to the patient’s buttocks.
In May 2015, he perforated the organs of two different patients with the metal rod and caused two other patients to develop serious infections from the liposuction.
In addition to the complaints and investigation by the board, the state health department has also sought to stop the doctor from performing liposuctions. They have charged him with repeated medical malpractice. Despite the numerous restrictions and revocations of his medical license, the decisions are always overturned and he goes right back to operating.
There is also at least one malpractice suit that has been filed against the doctor. The plaintiff in that case had gone to the doctor for breast augmentation and revision surgery. Shortly after the surgery, the woman began vomiting blood and developed excruciating pain. Other complications developed and the doctor did a second surgery four months later to fix the issues. But it didn’t work.
Upon hearing of the patient’s death, Attorney Domnick said, “This goes beyond appalling. The fact that the court continues to let this man practice is unacceptable. Had they not overruled the board, this woman would still be alive.”
Psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms, could make people feel more connected to nature and less likely to endorse authoritarian views, according to new research from the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London.
The new study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, is the first to provide experimental evidence that psilocybin treatment can lead to lasting changes in these attitudes.
Study authors Taylor Lyons and Robin L. Carhart-Harris write that “our findings tentatively raise the possibility that given in this way, psilocybin may produce sustained changes in outlook and political perspective, here in the direction of increased nature relatedness and decreased authoritarianism.”
Belly flab is like a storage unit for the rest of your body. Every January, fat’s in the crosshairs of health columnists, fitness magazines, and desperate Americans. This year, PopSci looks at the macronutrient beyond its most negative associations. Continue Reading →
People in public health hate H3N2 flu seasons, like the one gripping most of North America right now. So do folks who work in hospitals and in the care facilities that look after the elderly. To put it flatly, H3N2 is the problem child of seasonal flu. It causes more deaths than the other influenza A… Continue Reading →
Sugar. Just the thought of a sweet snack can make even the most hardcore dieter weak at the knees. The promise of a single fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie can make children eat an entire plate of vegetables or motivate couch potatoes to run that one extra mile. Continue Reading →
At a recent soiree at Union Station, the D.C. power elite gathered in an anti-public health confab dressed up as a celebration of women that should concern anyone who cares about the health and rights of women and children. Continue Reading →
Man has fat cells removed, grown in lab and injected back into his leg, in groundbreaking procedure hailed by doctors as ‘science fiction’ Groundbreaking surgery to regrow part of a human bone was carried out on Tuesday at HaEmek Hospital in the northern Israeli town of Afula. Continue Reading →
Former Facebook VP says social media is destroying society with "dopamine-driven feedback loops" https://t.co/0KPQY5BeEm
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 12, 2017
I totally agree. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I’d never look at online media again.
Been saying this for a long time. By the way, Trump drinks a dozen Diet Cokes a day:
(CNN)Gulping down an artificially sweetened beverage not only may be associated with health risks for your body, but also possibly your brain, a new study suggests.
Artificially sweetened drinks, such as diet sodas, were tied to a higher risk of stroke and dementia in the study, which published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke on Thursday.
The study sheds light only on an association, as the researchers were unable to determine an actual cause-and-effect relationship between sipping artificially sweetened drinks and an increased risk for stroke and dementia. Therefore, some experts caution that the findings should be interpreted carefully.
No connection was found between those health risks and other sugary beverages, such as sugar-sweetened sodas, fruit juice and fruit drinks.
Are diet sodas dangerous to your health?
“We have little data on the health effects of diet drinks and this is problematic because diet drinks are popular amongst the general population,” said Matthew Pase, a senior research fellow in the department of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and lead author of the new study.
When in doubt, drink water!