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Who Should You Really Trust With Fillers and Botox?

( - In this, our inaugural Controversy column—the kickoff to a compelling series aimed at untangling hot-button issues in aesthetic medicine—we’ll be unpacking an ongoing debate, one embroiling providers of every kind and affecting millions of patients: who to trust with fillers and toxins. Much of the discord between leaders in the field springs not from ego or sensationalism, we should note, but a passionate, evidence-based desire to deliver results that are beautiful, bespoke, and above all, safe. Our experts have unique viewpoints and experiences—each worthy of respect and consideration. Our goal is to present all sides in hopes of carefully informing your beauty decisions.

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) recorded more than 8.5 million injectable procedures worldwide in 2017. (Injectables as a category encompass both muscle-weakening botulinum toxins and various kinds of fillers used to restore youthful volume and contours.) In the U.S.…

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Reviews 2019

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a promising treatment for some joint related diseases; however, evidence of its effectiveness has been highly variable depending on the specific indication. 

Here, we’ve reviewed some of the latest significant PRP studies in 2019.

One recent study assessing PRP’s efficacy was a meta-analysis recently published in Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. For this systematic review, researchers queried MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane, CINAHL, SPORTDiscus, and Web of Science libraries through Feb. 8, 2017, and collected data from reviews, trials registries, and recent conferences. Studies eligible for inclusion were randomized trials published in English that compared platelet-rich therapy to a control, assessing patients aged ≥ 18 years with musculoskeletal bone, cartilage, or soft tissue injuries.

The final analysis included 78 randomized controlled trials with a total of 5,308 patients. The researchers considered a standardized mean difference (SMD) of 0.5 as …

Orthopedic Stem Cell Research: A Review

Some doctors and media channels argue that there is very little evidence to support the use of stem cells to treat orthopaedic conditions. However, there are more than 200 studies related to the use of stem cells in treating orthopaedic conditions. 

Here, we have listed and compiled all recent significant scientific publications. The list was complied by running various searches on body parts and bone marrow cell types on PubMed. Each title represents a research study and is hyperlinked to the abstract in the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Here is the list.

Cell therapy versus simultaneous contralateral decompression in symptomatic corticosteroid osteonecrosis: a thirty year follow-up prospective randomized study of one hundred and twenty five adult patients.

Authors: Hernigou P, Dubory A, Homma Y, Guissou I, Flouzat Lachaniette CH, Chevallier N, Rouard H.

Publication: Int Orthop. 2018 Jul;42(7):1639-1649. doi: 10.1007/s00264-018-3941-8. Epub 2018 May 9.

Study Method: 30 year follow up …

US FDA wins major victory against fat stem cell clinic chain

(CNN) - The US Food and Drug Administration won a major legal victory in its ongoing effort to crack down on clinics marketing bogus and potentially hazardous stem cell products.

A picture of a patient’s eye one week after receiving stem cell injections from U.S. Stem Cell in 2015 shows widespread retinal hemorrhages. (Thomas Albini)

On Monday, a federal judge in Miami granted the FDA an injunction to prevent the Florida-based US Stem Cell Clinic from offering treatments designed to create stem cells from body fat and administering them intravenously or directly into the spinal cords of patients to treat Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other serious conditions.

Over the last four years, FDA investigators documented evidence that the clinic failed to establish and follow appropriate procedures to prevent microbiological contamination of products which it said put patients at risk for infections. US Stem Cell Clinic also ref…

Does the ketogenic diet work for type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a condition that impacts blood sugar control. A person can manage the condition by following a healthful diet and maintaining a healthy body weight. A ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein, very low-carbohydrate diet that may help some people in supporting blood sugar.

Some people have suggested that this type of diet might help a person with diabetes, but the American Diabetes Association (ADA) do not recommend any single diet over another.

Every person has different dietary needs. Doctors now individualize diet plans based on current eating habits, preferences, and a target weight or blood sugar level for that person.

Foods containing carbohydrates, such as bread, rice, pasta, milk, and fruit, are the main fuel source for many bodily processes. The body uses insulin to help bring glucose from the blood into the cells for energy.

However, in a person with diabetes, insulin is either absent or does not work properly. This disrupts the body's ability to use …

Millions of deaths from heart disease and strokes attributed to not eating enough fruits and vegetables

Baltimore (June 8, 2019) – Preliminary findings from a new study reveal that inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption may account for millions of deaths from heart disease and strokes each year. The study estimated that roughly 1 in 7 cardiovascular deaths could be attributed to not eating enough fruit and 1 in 12 cardiovascular deaths could be attributed to not eating enough vegetables. Low fruit intake resulted in nearly 1.8 million cardiovascular deaths in 2010, while low vegetable intake resulted in 1 million deaths, according to researchers. Overall, the toll of suboptimal fruit intake was almost double that of vegetables. The impacts were most acute in countries with the lowest average intakes of fruits and vegetables. “Fruits and vegetables are a modifiable component of diet that can impact preventable deaths globally,” said lead study author Victoria Miller, a postdoctoral researcher at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. “Our findings in…

2018 Aesthetics Trend Report and 2019 Aesthetics Watch List

The RealSelf 2018 Aesthetics Trend Report was compiled by analyzing user behavior trends from U.S. consumers researching on RealSelf during 20181.

Every year, millions of consumers visit RealSelf to research medical aesthetic treatments. Since 2015, consumer interest in minimally invasive treatments has outpaced interest in surgical treatment options, though demand for surgical procedures remains high. According to the new analysis, popular treatments like Botox and breast augmentation continue to rank among the most researched overall, however interest in lesser-known surgical procedures like buccal fat removal and new treatment solutions like microneedling and PRP therapy for hair loss is on the rise. Bellafill, a collagen-based filler and the only filler approved to treat acne scars, saw the highest growth in interest overall with a 44 percent increase compared to 2017.

"Breast augmentation and Botox have been around for a very long time and both treatments have a high level of…


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