Got a face for radio? Transplant it.
04/16/2009, 1:44 pm
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251530030Well, not quite. But face transplants are becoming increasingly common – doctors in Boston recently performed the seventh such operation, and surgeons around the world predict many more to come.

But this isn’t your basic nosejob: the operation uses the face of a dead body, incuding nerves, bone, skin and cartilage, to repair the visages of seriously disfigured individuals – including war vets and victims of accidents. Last week’s patient had lived nearly his entire life with serious disfigurement after a freak childhood incident, and Isabelle Dinoire, the first face transplant recipient, had been mauled by a dog.

The surgeries are, obviously, risky, and require between 15 to 20 hours of operating time. Patients then go through months of rehabilitation and need to take medication for the rest of their lives. Doctors warn that the psychological and social implications can be even more severe than the physical: talking, eating and drinking are difficult, along with the challenge of, well, living with an entirely new face…



‘Extreme’ Health Stats
02/10/2009, 12:12 am
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madonna_botox_wideweb__470x3520Ah, the pursuit of wellness. That vague notion of union between body, mind, and spirit. Americans are chasing health in a myriad of ways, and diet, fitness and cosmetic surgery are some of the most popular means of going after “our best self”…A few statistics to consider:

Last year, Americans spent $58 billion dollars on diet and weight loss products. That’s a lot of Lean Cuisine.

An estimated 10 million Americans suffer from a clinical eating disorder. To put that into perspective, consider that 4.4  million suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

Bariatric surgery (aka – stomach stapling, gastric bypass, and the like) reached record numbers in 2007, with nearly 200,000 procedures in the U.S.

Speaking of surgery, Botox (the injection of a lethal toxin to temporarily remove wrinkles) is so hot right now: last year, it was administered nearly 3 million times, making it the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world.

And speaking of ways to avoid surgery, the latest estimate from U.S. Health and Human Services suggests that over 65 percent of Americans don’t get the recommended amount of daily exercise.

Let’s end on a high note. Really high. Like, 100. That’s the percentage of Americans who will be overweight or obese in 2048, if current health trends continue, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

For a full rundown, visit: Plastic Surgery 2008. News on Weight Loss.