July 2, 2011

Complications Are More Likely

1 Plastic Surgery Is More Difficult for Obese

Obese plastic surgery patients are 12 times more likely to develop complications, finds research from John Hopkins U. While bad for the patient, this also reflects poorly on physicians as health authorities and insurers increasingly rate and penalize doctors whose patients develop complications following surgery. Some physicians fear that this may cause obese patients to be turned away by cosmetic surgeons. Not only do their surgeries take longer to perform but they carry a higher risk of complications. For the study, Dr. Marty Makary examined insurance claims data from 7500 patients, of whom 1/3 were obese, who had elective breast surgery. Within 30 days after surgery, 18.3% of the obese group experienced at least one complication compared with 2.2% of the normal weight group.

More at LATimes.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Should Doctors Set Weight Limits on Patients

Tags: Johns Hopkins University, Obese Patients, Obese Patients and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Marty Makary, Elective Breast Surgery, Elective Surgery, Complications Following Surgery

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Don't Make Pigeon Enemies

2 Pigeons Know Your Face

"I've always suspected that 'birdbrain' was a misnomer. "
- Mel in the comments

Untamed pigeons have the ability to recognize individual people, plus they're not fooled by a change of clothes, find researchers. While it was known that trained pigeons have great perception, this is the first research revealing that feral pigeons have similar abilities. The research, conducted in Paris, France, was presented at the Society for Experimental Biology Annual Conference in Glasgow on Sunday. Researchers say that the fact that pigeons knew that clothing wasn't a good way to tell humans apart suggests that the birds have developed the special ability to discriminate between humans. Researchers think that pigeons have most likely developed their special abilities from a long period of associating with people, including living in cities for many years.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Pigeon Training, Pigeon Memory, Experimental Biology Annual Conference, University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense, Dalila Bovet, Wild Pigeons

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The Pressure of Poor Vision

3 Nearsightedness May Increase Glaucoma Risk

A retrospective analysis based on data from 11 previous studies has found that people with myopia, also known as nearsightedness, have almost double the risk of developing glaucoma which results in high ocular pressure that can lead to optic nerve damage and blindness. Researchers also found that 90 percent of nearsighted people developed the most common form of the disease called open angle glaucoma and the risk increased as the myopia got worse. Cause and effect was not shown and each study looked at different cohorts so it cannot be determined if some people are more at risk. Based on these results and the fact that a third of all Americans are nearsighted, researchers strongly recommend that this population have regular eye exams.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Play Outside to Reduce Risk of Myopia

Tags: Glaucoma, Myopia, Nearsightedness in Americans, Vision Loss, Nearsightedness and Glaucoma Risk, Nearsightedness, Vision Problems, Glaucoma Risk Factors

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