Medical tourism is not so frequent and not so dollar-wise

The growth of the recent trend for Americans to travel abroad for medical treatment may be exaggerated. There is now hard data about the frequency of American medical tourism. Brandon Alleman, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, performed a telephone survey of the companies that expedite foreign travel for medical treatment. Lynne Peeples reports on these findings for Reuters Health on December 31, 2010.

January 10, 2011
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Doctor facing legal action, suspension after mistreatment of patients

A physician in Encino, California, is facing serious allegations stemming from the mistreatment of two patients, one of whom died. Dr. Ehab Aly Mohamed has been ordered not to perform any plastic surgery, use lidocaine or prescribe any narcotic analgesic until a board can review the charges, The Encino Patch reports.

January 10, 2011
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Type, location of fat matters in liposuction patients

Many Americans are looking for ways to improve their physiques by shedding a few pounds, and one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, liposuction, is aimed toward that end. However, some patients are better candidates for the body contouring treatment than others, the website EmpowHer.com reports.

January 7, 2011
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Vogue delivers the “skinny” on vitamins

On a recent spa visit to Mexico, a Vogue beauty editor underwent a thorough airport bag search because of a bulging Ziploc of vitamins. With humiliation came clarity of vision. Were all these vitamins really necessary? So, she consulted five experts in health and nutrition and pared down her daily vitamin intake.

January 6, 2011
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Doctor facing charges due to patient’s death after laser liposuction

A medical commission in California recently charged a doctor at a Bellevue body contouring facility with professional misconduct in the wake of a patient’s death. Officials claim that he failed to perform a laser-assisted liposuction procedure up to state standards resulting in the death of a patient, NBC affiliate KING reports.

January 5, 2011
Categories: Patient Safety

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