|FDA: Avoid ‘energy-based’ vaginal treatment|
|For vaginal treatment, including cosmetic or for menopause or incontinence, the FDA recommends staying away from "energy devices" that include radiofrequency and laser. Treatment using energy-based therapies for the vagina may lead to serious adverse events, including vaginal burns, scarring, pain during sexual intercourse and recurring/chronic pain, the agency states.|
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Saturday, August 18, 2018
CDC: Drug overdoses killed 72,000 in 2017
In a front-page story, the New York Times (8/15, A1, Sanger-Katz) reports that drug overdoses killed more than 72,000 Americans in 2017, a rise of about 10 percent from the year prior, according to new preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control. The rising death toll “reflects two major factors: A growing number of Americans are using opioids, and those drugs are becoming more deadly.” Experts who are monitoring the epidemic point to the increase in synthetic opioids like fentanyl “most likely explains the bulk of the increased number of overdoses last year.” According to the CDC estimates, “overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids rose sharply, while deaths from heroin, prescription opioid pills and methadone fell.”
YouTube not a reliable resource for plastic surgery info
An analysis using keyword searches on YouTube for popular facial plastic surgery procedures revealed that many videos were part of marketing campaigns posted by non-qualified medical professionals, researchers reported in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Many of the most-viewed videos contained biased information, lacked balanced information regarding risks and benefits and offered potentially misleading information about the practitioner's qualifications, and even some posted by board-certified surgeons were marketing tools designed to look like educational videos, the researchers found.