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Ethical Concerns With Genetic Engineering

A documentary on the moral and ethical questions raised by genetic engineering. This does not involve my own opinions, I’m simply stating the opinions that exist. Special thanks to Mrs

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Gregor Mendel’s Punnett Squares

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OHSU’s video of new gene therapy method developed at the Oregon National Primate Research Center

Researchers at Oregon Health

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Sweet Tooth Gene

Researchers have linked a specific gene difference to consuming more sugary foods. And as this ScienCentral News video explains, they even uncovered how the sweet tooth gene likely affects sugar intake.

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Sweet Tooth Gene

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Gene Therapy Example

Gene Therapy Exampl

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Gene Therapy Example

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Gene Therapy Research Makes Nationwide Children’s Worthy of Wellstone Center


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Prof. Martinez Cruzado Lecture Part 3 "Amerindian Gene Study In Puerto Rico"

Juan Carlos Martínez Cruzado is Professor of Genetics at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus.

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3. Genetic Engineering

Frontiers of Biomedical Engineering (BENG 100) Professor Saltzman introduces the elements of molecular structure of DNA such as backbone, base composition, base pairing, and directionality of nucleic acids.

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Asthma is On the Rise

The overall prevalence of asthma increased by 12% between 2001 and 2009, according to a press report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week. Nearly one in 10 children and one in 12 U.S. adults now has asthma. The most significant rise in asthma in recent years has been among black children.

Asthma is a chronic condition characterized by periodic attacks of chest tightness, coughing, wheezing, and breathlessness. Asthma attacks seem to be triggered by respiratory environmental cues or illness, such as tobacco smoke, air pollution, mold, and colds and flu. It is not particularly deadly and there are prescription medicines available to control most of the symptoms of an attack. Nevertheless, the impact of the disease in terms of medical expenses and lost days from school and work is huge.

Scientists do not have an answer yet for why the incidence of asthma is going up so rapidly. Read more about this puzzling disease in a CDC Vitalsigns report and in the CDC press report.

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Stem Cell Research STILL Allowed (Barely)

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled last week that government-funded researchers may use human stem cell lines derived from human embryos before a law apparently intended to ban such research went into effect. (For more on this issue, see blog posts dated Sept. 1 and 13, 2010). The panel ruled that because the language of the law banning research on cells derived from human embryos is written in the present tense, “it does not extend to past actions.”

Surely this will not be the end of it. It sounds like linguistic hair-splitting, even to me. Given that the 3-judge panel was split 2-1 on the issue, the ruling will probably be appealed to the entire Court of Appeals.

In the long run the only real solution may be for Congress to draft unambiguous legislation that makes it clear once and for all under what circumstances, if any, stem cells derived from human embryos may be used. And that will depend on whether either side in this issue can muster the necessary votes.

Stay tuned.

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ATnT Wellness May – June 2011: Environmental Medicine

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Environmental Medicine


By Emily Stocker, Contributing Editor

We are reminded of environmental hazards on a daily basis. We are warned of air pollution, mold, pollutants in our water, radiation, over exposure to the sun, greenhouse effect, and acid rain. Is our only option to hide indoors, away from the environmental pollutants causing cancer and other non-curable diseases?

Indoors we have low levels of radiation from our microwaves and computer terminals, indoor air pollutants black mold, radon seeping into our homes, dangerous additives in the food we consume, the beauty products we use, and the agents we use to clean. We are exposed to harmful environmental agents at home, work, school, and our play environments. Exposures to these articles may adversely affect one or more organ systems; and these effects are not commonly recognized by physicians, let alone society as a whole. What we eat, and the elements that we are exposed to in our environment, have a direct affect upon our health.

Understanding the health risks posed by contaminants in both one’s home and workplace, along with the ambient environment, is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Environmental Medicine addresses just this. Its concern is the interaction between mankind and the environment, specifically, the adverse reactions we experience when exposed to environmental sources. This approach is somewhat of a reinterpretation of medical thinking, especially in its approach to previously ineffective treatment of chronic diseases, along with the explanation of their cause. Although it is considered a reinterpretation, the basis for the concept is simple. There are causes for…READ ON – Download Full Article NOW!

Emily Stocker

About the Author
Emily Stocker steps into the business of being green (and happy) with Em’s Organics, offering products like sea sponge soap made from USDA Organic ingredients and baby and children’s clothing and accessories. And that’s just the beginning. Visit Emily on the worldwide web:, which officially launched Earth Day this year. Contact Emily via email at:

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ATnT Practice Management May – June 2011: Patient Financing

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Case Acceptance Gap


By Milton W. Talkington,
Contributing Editor

It is time to face the facts. As American’s average credit scores have declined and approval benchmarks from major revolving credit issuers continue to rise, the recent trend of lower approval ratios and increased partial approvals will continue. And yes, that most certainly means the “Case Acceptance Gap” created by this trend will continue to grow. Bottom line; many patients approved by revolving credit issuers in the past are not being approved today.

It would likely surprise many practice executives, owners, and practitioners how many potential procedures are walking out their front door due to credit-app denials or partial approvals. Even more surprising is who and why! One thing is certain; it is safe to assume that the “good ole days” of steady job, good payment history, and a checking account translating to “approved for credit” is becoming a distant memory.


As providers attempt to adapt in this “new economy,” it is even more critical they focus on the business side of the practice. Most continue to manage themselves as they did when the economy was far different and much more robust. In the current market, providers find themselves wondering what can be done to manage these evolving day-to-day pressures while maintaining…READ ON – Download Full Article NOW!

Milton Talkington

About the Author
Milton W. Talkington founded Omni-Med, a division of Omni Funding serving healthcare and wellness providers with offices in six states. The Omni-Med program allows healthcare and wellness provider patients to have the ability to say YES to elective and recommended care, thus increasing Case Acceptance! Mr. Talkington has consulted, modeled, and implemented various finance programs for healthcare professionals. Over the past two decades he has created easy-to-use programs, is a dynamic public speaker, and contributing writer for several finance publications. Mr. Talkington has established himself as a business entrepreneur and a master capital consultant. Visit the Omni-Med website: or contact him directly at

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ATnT Practice Management May – June 2011: Medical & Spa

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The HealthyRelationship


By Nancy Griffin, Contributing Editor

Throughout history, medicine and spa have been inextricably linked. The definition of medicine is “the science and art of healing–health care practices designed to maintain and restore health.” Spas are also places where one goes to restore health.

Despite the similarities, spas and medical practices often seem worlds apart. In the U.S., there very few integrated wellness centers where consumers receive a continuum of care that includes modern medicine and ancient healing practices. The intersection of spa and medicine is “prevention,” which refers to measures taken to prevent disease and contribute to well being.

Demand for result-driven spa services is huge. In a study by SRI International for the 2010 Global Spa Summit, 71% of respondents said they would be more likely to visit a spa if they learned a series of research studies demonstrated that spa treatments deliver measurable health benefits. “This statistic proves that a giant opportunity for medical spas exists to position themselves as the center of a holistic approach to health and wellness in their marketplace,” says marketing consultant Stacy Bergdahl, Principal of Bergdahl Enterprises.

The integration of spa and medicine, however, is not always an easy path. In this article, Contento explores the complicated dynamics between medicine and spa. We will take an honest look at what can go wrong and suggest ways to improve…READ ON – Download Full Article NOW!

Nancy Griffin

About the Author
Nancy Griffin has been a recognized health and wellness marketing expert for more than 15 years. Prior to founding and Spaexec, she completed graduate studies at Cornell University Hotel School. Her newest venture, Contento Marketing, helps spas and medical spas take advantage of new media. Griffin can be reached at

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ATnT Plastic Surgery May – June 2011: Teen Surgery

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Teens & Plastic Surgery


By Jeffrey Spiegel, M.D.
Contributing Editor & Advisor

What is the purpose of plastic surgery? Sounds like an easy question, but like many easy questions, the more we consider the answer, the more complex the answer appears. The easy answer is to make oneself look better. Of course, “better” is a very subjective word when it comes to appearance.

Does piercing with a gold loop in the nose make a person look better? Does a flower tattoo on the ankle make one look better? Different people will offer very divergent opinions. Perhaps the same person will even offer different opinions, depending upon when you ask them.

A 16-year-old girl who wants to fit in with her friends may feel one way while a 32-year-old woman with small children who is trying to work her way up the corporate ladder may feel very differently.

Even if the definition of “better” is hard to pin down, we know instinctively that some plastic surgery must be wrong. When an anorexic person feels he or she is overweight, we know that something is wrong.

Similarly, when an attractive person changes too many things and looks unnatural, we wonder if he or she had some sort of image problem, such as body…READ ON – Download Full Article NOW!

Dr. Spiegel

About Dr. Spiegel
Jeffrey H. Spiegel, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Boston Medical Center and holds academic appointments in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine.

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ATnT Plastic Surgery May – June 2011: Regenerative Aesthetics

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Regenerative Aesthetics


By Todd K. Malan, M.D.
Contributing Editor & Advisor

The cosmetic surgery industry has evolved dramatically over the past few years. While the era of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures has brought about incredible advances in liposuction, breast augmentation, facial rejuvenation and body contouring, perhaps the most promising advance is in the field of Regenerative Aesthetics.

“Regenerative Aesthetics” is the term used to describe a cosmetic procedure that utilizes a patient’s own adipose-derived stem and regenerative cells to create a more youthful and desirable appearance. Patients desiring larger or fuller breasts now have options beyond traditional implants. Areas of the body that have lost their elasticity, firmness, or shape due to age, pregnancy, significant weight gain/loss, or trauma can be restored without the use of foreign materials. And because the technology utilizes the patient’s own tissue and stem cells, the downtime and risks that are often associated with traditional cosmetic procedures are greatly diminished.

The idea behind Regenerative Aesthetics as we know it today was born in 1999 when a professor of surgery at UCLA questioned whether stem cells might exist in the fat he routinely removed from liposuction patients. After a few years of studying fat cells in the lab, his team published its discovery in 2001: stem cells do exist, in abundant numbers, within…READ ON – Download Full Article NOW!

Dr. Malan

About Dr. Malan
Todd K. Malan, M.D. is the founder of the Innovative Cosmetic Surgery Center in Scottsdale, AZ, and creator of the BeautiFill X™ fat transfer breast augmentation procedure. He was the first physician in the United States to offer stem cell natural breast augmentation and has performed over 100 stem cell fat transfers to date. He trains physicians globally in advanced cosmetic procedures including the most progressive methods in water-assisted liposuction, fat transfer, and stem cell technology. Visit his website:

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ATnT Organics & Green May – June 2011: Organic Eating Pt. II

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Organic Eating


By Craig Koniver, M.D.
Contributing Editor & Advisor

As a continuation of last issue’s article which looked at understanding the importance of healthy fat, this article provides information on fats to avoid, and which fats to embrace.

Back in the 1960s a group of physicians were studying the effect of red meat and the rates of colon cancer. Unfortunately, instead of interpreting the data scientifically, these doctors made the mistake of attributing higher rates of colon cancer to saturated fat intake. They reported their findings; and as a result, this had a significant impact on how the rest of the science community viewed saturated fat. Up until this time, food items such as butter, coconut oil, and animal fat were a large part of our diets. But this all changed and, unfortunately, changed for the worse. Along came soybean oil, corn oil, and canola oil — all polyUNsaturated fats. These were all deemed as “healthy,” and as a result they slowly but surely replaced all the saturated fats in our diets.

This continues through today where all of the “good fats,” many of which are saturated, are now labeled as “bad fats.” This includes butter, coconut oil, and animal fat. Those healthy items have been mislabeled as unhealthy and for many people are quarantined and restricted to a once-a-year allowance, if that. Our grocery stores are now laden with canola oil, margarine, and chemical substances we have been misled into thinking are healthy for us, when in fact, these substances are more closely related to…READ ON – Download Full Article NOW!

Dr. Koniver

About Dr. Koniver
Craig Koniver, M.D., is a graduate of Brown University and Jefferson Medical College and has been a family practitioner for a decade. He opened Primary Plus Organic Medicine, LLC in Charleston, SC in 2006. When not working, Dr. Koniver enjoys spending time at the beach with his wife and two children. For more information, visit Dr. Koniver on the web: See Dr. Koniver’s feature every issue in the Aesthetic Trend’s Organics & Green department directly relating to Organic Medicine topics.

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ATnT Laser & Light May – June 2011: Viora Reaction System

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Viora Reaction System


By Cindy L. Vandruff, MBA, Editor in Chief

Developing a product for the aesthetic industry has become a challenge for many manufacturers in this harsh economy. More, now than ever, physicians must weigh the pros and cons for each device they introduce to their patient base and integrate into their practice. There are not enough dollars to go around for practices to have a stock pile of systems as in years past. Choosing the right devices can be daunting for those physicians who are not as seasoned as others. And, frankly, the educated physician with years of device experience is starting to pare down the number of systems they have to perform several procedures.

The trend now is to find a device that can perform more than one procedure which fits the needs of more patients within their demographic area. It makes sense not only to the bottom line of your practice, but it also helps to increase revenue for your business in a much more efficient manner. Price matters, too, and so does the ability to treat multiple patients with varying skin conditions.

Presently cellulite is a hot topic for not only patients, but also practitioners. More patients are going into their dermatologist and plastic surgeon’s offices and asking for skin tightening and cellulite treatments. We have seen a proliferation in the market place with new systems being introduced for the past 5+ years that are marketed to the physician treating cellulite and replacing the face lift with skin tightening procedures.

Viora (Jersey City, NJ) has a solution that is good for the practice and the patient. In September 2009, this up and coming manufacturer received FDA clearance for…READ ON – Download Full Article NOW!


About Viora
Viora is a market-leading manufacturer of advanced radiofrequency, light-based systems and Diamond Tip microdermabrasion for the global aesthetic and medical markets. Viora offers a wide range of applications including body contouring, cellulite reduction, as well as phototherapy and antiaging treatments. Viora’s products are developed by veteran engineers and medical specialists in the industry.

Contact: 201.332.4100 |

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ATnT Laser & Light May – June 2011: VelaShape

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By Lori A. Brightman, M.D.,
Contributing Editor

Pregnancy is a beautiful event in life. However, it can take a toll on a woman’s physique with the natural changes that occur in body dimensions during pregnancy. It can be a struggle for some women to bounce back to their pre-pregnancy body.

Even with a healthy diet and exercise as well as a return to their pre-pregnancy weight, some women will still face stubborn post-partum “trouble spots.” Some women will seek quick fixes, turning to traditional, invasive body contouring options such as abdominoplasty and lipoplasty. In fact, according to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 350,000 tummy tucks, upper arm lifts, lower body lifts, and liposuction cases were performed in 2010.

While surgical correction undoubtedly produces optimal body reshaping results, it also requires significant recovery time and carries inherent risks. These issues, along with a busy mom’s active lifestyle and desire for her pre-baby body have lead to the development of many new non-invasive body contouring procedures with minimal downtime and low-risk profiles to help address their shapely concerns.


The premise of non-invasive body contouring, regardless of form of energy used (laser, light, or radiofrequency), is producing heat in the dermal and subcutaneous tissues with subsequent collagen denaturation and induction of neocollagenesis. It has been well studied that heating skin to approximately 65-75°C will lead to…READ ON – Download Full Article NOW!

Dr. Brightman

About Dr. Brightman
Lori A. Brightman, M.D. of Laser Skin Surgery Center of New York, regularly lectures nationally and internationally. She publishes frequently on topics such as laser surgery, cosmetic dermatology, and advances in cutaneous oncology. A board certified Dermatologist, Dr. Brightman completed her undergraduate studies at Boston College, followed by graduate education in medical sciences as well as medical school training at Boston University Medical School where she received her doctorate of medicine. She completed her dermatology residency at Boston University / Tufts New England Medical Center and completed fellowship training at Boston University in skin oncology and Mohs micrographic surgery, laser and cosmetics at the Laser Skin Surgery Center of New York. Dr. Brightman contributes through lectures and skin cancer screenings for many community based programs as well as large companies.Visit her on the web:

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ATnT jobFIT May – June 2011: Why Smart Employees Underperform

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Why Smart Employees


By Jan Watson, J.P. Watson Group,
Contributing Editor & Advisor

We’ve all been there. After an extensive and thorough search for an employee, one candidate stands out. This candidate has the right experience, solid qualifications, a relevant work history, and he gave an impressive performance during the interview process.

The candidate said the right things, expressed some great ideas, and generally presented very well; and you hired him. Three months later, you begin to question your decision. Your new hire’s team appears disgruntled, morale is low, and output and productivity are well behind the figures from the previous quarter.

After speaking with a few key team members and investigating further, you realize there’s a disconnect or mismatch. While he looked impressive on paper and presented well during oneon- one interviews, your new hire’s approach and behavior on the job are simply inconsistent with the values and expectations of your organization. Your new hire is not a good cultural fit, and one or more of the following hazards may be the cause…READ ON – Download Full Article NOW!

Jan Watson

About the Author
Jan P. Watson has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience and has gained national recognition as a public speaker, published author and consultant. Serving in various positions that encompass physician education and corporate business development, Jan has worked for medical device start-up companies, as well as industry leaders, such as AMO and Alcon Laboratories. For more information on this topic, please contact Ms. Watson at: Visit the J.P. Watson Group website:

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ATnT In Practice May – June 2011: The Well Engineered Marketing Plan

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The Well Engineered
Marketing Plan

By Christine Lapointe, Contributing Editor &
Advisor, & Laura Jackson, Aesthetics 360°

Marketing any practice and their services is always a challenge to a consultant. There are many dynamics involved when working with the administrative team regardless of size and scope of the workplace. Sometimes there is no dedicated person to own the marketing responsibility within the organization, but often there is an absence of a well defined plan or budget for marketing. Challenging to consultants as well is the approach when carving out a marketing plan.

There is a fine line when interfacing with the team as the consultant. By being the expert we are tasked with getting the practice on an objective line of thinking. Many times the key decision makers insert their personal beliefs into the marketing plan rather than using a systematic approach based on measureable results, market research, and professional guidance. Our largest obstacle as consultants lies in the ongoing misconception that marketing is advertising.

Because of this mistaken belief the practice’s ability to build business is already flawed. Our role as consultants is to objectively assess the practice, create a plan, and guide the office and team through successful implementation. “Marketing is the process of performing market research, selling products and/or services to customers, and promoting them via advertising to further enhance…READ ON – Download Full Article NOW!

Christine Lapointe

Laura Jackson

About the Authors
Aesthetics 360° was founded and is owned and operated by Christine Lapointe and Laura Jackson. Together, they bring their clients over 40 years of Business Development and Sales and Marketing Experience from the elective surgery industry nationally and internationally.

Their mission is to provide a comprehensive range of services vital to the support of Technology Leaders and Physician-owned practices on their journey to success. Aesthetics 360° provides the systems and hands-on guidance necessary for practices to effectively measure results and target key areas for revenue growth from initial contact with a potential patient through long-term patient retention. Aesthetics 360° is the solution for technology leaders and practices that are committed to making business better. Contact them at 877.849.8216 or visit their website on the worldwide web:

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ATnT Dermatology May – June 2011: Evolution of Medical Retail

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Evolution of Medical Retail


By Jennifer Barnes, Contributing Editor

Many cosmetic practices rely on the steady stream of income that results from selling medical skin care products.

Early adopters of dispensing may have once felt ostracized by colleagues for selling products directly to patients.

However, these early adopters saw the potential in medical retailing as an integral part of the practice. Combining products with procedures not only ensured what products patients used at home, it guaranteed a better therapeutic outcome. This is a benefit that is unique to dispensing skin care products in the medical setting. Admittedly, many cosmetic physicians leave the “selling” to their staff. But promoting the product is just one part of retailing. Staff training, inventory control, merchandising, and marketing the products also contribute to the overall success.

Medical retailing is evolving into a consumer-retailing atmosphere. Creating an accessible retail environment is as important to the medical practice as it is to the chain cosmetics, spa, and department stores. After years of purchasing skin care from the makeup counter or salon, savvy consumer/patients are trained to…READ ON – Download Full Article NOW!

Petr Klima

About the Contributor
Petr Klima has a B.A. in International Marketing, and an M.B.A. in Business Management. He is the senior practice consultant for MicroPharmacy Corporation. With over 12 years of experience on 3 continents, Mr. Klima has developed retail spaces for salons, spas, high-end stores, and medical offices. He manages the Medical Retailing team with primary focus on dermatology, plastic surgery, and cosmetic surgery practices. MicroPharmacy® and Medi- Store® are registered trademarks of MicroPharmacy Corporation.

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ATnT Anti-Aging May – June 2011: Spring Clean for the Body

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Spring Cleaning for the Body


By Donya Fahmy, Dropwise

As the first signs of spring’s arrival begin to peer through the darkness of winter and the dull freeze begins to thaw, one’s thoughts often turn to springcleaning. It is our way of mimicking the ritual of cleansing and renewal that takes place in nature as the seasons change. With the return of sunshine and longer days, the bloom of wildflowers dotting the landscape all around us, so comes the desire to start anew.

While cleaning house and getting rid of the clutter we have accumulated over the winter months seems almost second nature to most of us, how many of us routinely ponder the importance or necessity of a little internal spring-cleaning?

Our ancestors engaged in cleansing rituals at least twice a year–usually in the spring and in the fall. They probably were not
fully aware of their bodies’ need to eliminate old cells and the toxins generated by their bodies’ normal ongoing metabolic processes in order to build healthy new tissue. And yet instinctively, they would ingest the herbs and plant foods that provided them with the detoxification necessary to promote natural healing.

We have come a long way since those days and are now faced with an unfortunate fact of modern life–routine exposure to a significant amount of additional toxins. Even if you do not work directly with chemicals or live next to a chemical or industrial plant or an obvious source of pollution, you still have dozens of environmental toxins–pesticides, heavy metals, solvents, and byproducts from plastics–circulating in your bloodstream and stored up in your fat cells. In fact, research indicates that the average American is exposed to a staggering 100,000 chemicals, 25% of which are hazardous to human health.

With all that toxic exposure on top of the internal toxins generated through metabolic waste, it is not hard to see how over time, the organ systems of the body responsible for processing…READ ON – Download Full Article NOW!

Donya Fahmy

About the Author
Donya Fahmy is a bi-monthlycontributing editor for Aesthetic Trends Magazine and is a green business owner and the creator of Dropwise Essentials’ spa quality aromatherapy body products that help you safely relieve stress, increase vitality, improve confidence, or simply manage your emotional state any time or place without popping a pill. For more valuable information visit: and subscribe to the Dropwise Health & Beauty News Ezine or blog feed.

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ATnT Aesthetician May – June 2011


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Anti-Aging in 2011


By Elaine Greenberg, Contributing Editor

Up-to-date skin care regimens address aging skin issues from a new, more knowledgeable position. We now have a more effective approach to skin care since we have learned a great deal about how and why skin ages.


1. The aging process involves the loss of collagen and elastin. We lose the foundation for full and firm skin.
2. The rate of skin cell turnover slows. The skin’s surface is now covered by a layer of dead skin cells and we lose the radiance of youth.
3. The natural production of anti-oxidants decreases, adding to the visible effects of aging.

Picture a baby’s skin. Instead, here is what we see as we age:
• fine lines and wrinkles
• loose, saggy skin
• a dull complexion
• brown/age spots

You don’t like this. I don’t like this. And our clients don’t like this.

Aesthetics, speaking philosophically, concerns the nature of beauty. An aesthetician is an anti-aging expert trained to use treatments for beauty and health.

Therefore, providing advice for an anti-aging skin care regime is a fundamental responsibility. The optimal regimen should address all the areas of skin aging about which the client is concerned.

A professional aesthetician will be sure that the client is educated about the correct use of suitable products, including
application as well as precautions.

Progress is monitored, and changes are made as indicated. We have all seen the lack of desired results when people self-diagnose and treat themselves with what is heavily… READ ON – Download Full Article NOW!

Elaine Greenberg

About the Author
Elaine Greenberg is a bi-monthly contributing editor for Aesthetic Trends Magazine. She invites you to learn more about anti-aging skin care on her blog, . She also owns Ageless Remedies South Park medical spa. Visit her med spa on the web: She also owns Ageless Remedies South Park medical spa. Visit her med spa on the web:

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FDA Panel Recommends Lip Indication for Medicis’ RESTYLANE®


FDA Panel Recommends Lip Indication for Medicis’ RESTYLANE®

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Medicis (NYSE:MRX) Announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) General and Plastic Surgery Devices Advisory Panel (the Panel) has recommended with a 6-0 vote (1 abstaining) that FDA expand the approved use of RESTYLANE® Injectable Gel, a hyaluronic acid dermal filler, to include lip augmentation. RESTYLANE is currently approved to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds).

“We are pleased with the Panel’s recommendation to expand the RESTYLANE label to include lip augmentation,” said Jonah Shacknai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medicis. “RESTYLANE was the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler approved by FDA for use in the United States, and has played an instrumental role in the expansion and transformation of the U.S. dermal filler market since its launch in January 2004. We believe the Panel’s recommendation for label expansion reflects confidence in the robust clinical data provided by Medicis. If FDA follows the Panel’s recommendation, RESTYLANE could become the first and only hyaluronic acid dermal filler in the U.S. indicated for use in the lips.”

RESTYLANE is the most-studied aesthetic dermal filler in the world, and has been used in over 10 million treatments worldwide.1 Launched in the U.S. in January 2004 after approval by FDA on December 12, 2003, RESTYLANE was the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler approved in the U.S. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally present in the body. The hyaluronic acid in RESTYLANE closely resembles the body’s natural hyaluronic acid and is produced from a nonanimal source, making it free from animal protein, a quality which prevents disease transmission. Allergy pretesting is not necessary.

RESTYLANE has a unique gel particle structure designed for injection in the mid-to-deep dermis for structural support and lift, helping a patient look younger by smoothing away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. RESTYLANE’s water-loving nature attracts and binds water molecules to help maintain volume.

RESTYLANE was shown to have an overall duration of effectiveness lasting up to 18 months from baseline following one repeat treatment at 4.5 or 9 months. RESTYLANE is injected into the tissue and will, in time, be resorbed by the body as the treatment results gradually wear off.

The complete RESTYLANE family of products currently approved for use in the U.S. by FDA includes RESTYLANE, RESTYLANE-L®, PERLANE® and PERLANE-L®. These products can be used individually to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Ask your healthcare professional which is right for you.

Important Safety Considerations for the RESTYLANE Family of Products
Products in the RESTYLANE family should not be used by people with previous bad allergies, particularly to certain microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria, or by people with previous bad allergies to drugs that have required in-hospital treatment. These products should not be used by people with bleeding disorders. Injections should not be made anywhere except the skin or just under the skin. RESTYLANE-L injectable gel and PERLANE-L injectable gel should not be used by people with a known allergy to lidocaine.

Use of products in the RESTYLANE family at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. Use of the products in these instances could delay healing or make your skin problems worse. After your treatment, you might have some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, and tenderness. This will normally last less than seven days. In rare circumstances, the doctor may inject into a blood vessel, which can damage the skin. Although rare, red or swollen small bumps may occur. If you have had facial cold sores before, an injection can cause another outbreak. To avoid bruising and bleeding, you should not use the products if you have recently used drugs that thin your blood or prevent clotting. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under 18 years, you should not use products in the RESTYLANE family.

Patients should be limited to 6.0 mL per treatment. The safety or effectiveness of products in the RESTYLANE family for the treatment of anatomic regions other than nasolabial folds have not been established in controlled clinical studies.

The RESTYLANE family of products is available only through a licensed practitioner. Complete product and safety information is available at

About Medicis
Medicis is the leading independent specialty pharmaceutical company in the United States focusing primarily on the treatment of dermatological and aesthetic conditions. The Company is dedicated to helping patients attain a healthy and youthful appearance and self-image. Medicis has leading branded prescription products in a number of therapeutic and aesthetic categories. The Company’s products have earned wide acceptance by both physicians and patients due to their clinical effectiveness, high quality and cosmetic elegance.

The Company’s products include the brands DYSPORT® (abobotulinumtoxinA) 300 Units for Injection, PERLANE® Injectable Gel, PERLANE-L® Injectable Gel with 0.3% Lidocaine, RESTYLANE® Injectable Gel, RESTYLANE-L® Injectable Gel with 0.3% Lidocaine, DYNACIN® (minocycline HCl Tablets, USP), LOPROX® (ciclopirox) Gel 0.77% and Shampoo 1%, SOLODYN® (minocycline HCl, USP) Extended Release Tablets, VANOS® (fluocinonide) Cream 0.1%, ZIANA® (clindamycin phosphate 1.2% and tretinoin 0.025%) Gel, AMMONUL® (sodium phenylacetate and sodium benzoate) Injection 10%/10%, BUPHENYL® (sodium phenylbutyrate) Tablets and Powder, the LIPOSONIX™ system2 and the over-the-counter brand ESOTERICA®.


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SOLO Flashlight: A Great Instrument for the Cosmetic Physician

SOLO Flashlight

SOLO Flashlight: A Great Instrument for the Cosmetic Physician

The Solo flashlight is proof positive that it takes just the right combination of functionality, portability, and style to create an everyday carry essential. Its highly efficient, dual-output LED and precision micro-textured reflector work together to produce a smooth, versatile beam at two useful levels. Solo’s durable aerospace aluminum body weighs just over two ounces and is as sleek and compact as your favorite pen—fits just as nicely in a pocket, purse, or pack, too.

And, with its sleek, ergonomic lines and attractive colors, it is every bit as elegant and stylish as a fine writing instrument. And it will turn just as many heads. Even has a sturdy pocket clip for secure retention, to make sure Solo stays put wherever you decide to carry it. Because carry it you will. With all Solo has going for it, leaving home without it just won’t feel right.

• Two-stage, state-of-the-art LED generates two useful light levels
• Micro-textured reflector creates a smooth, powerful beam
• Durable power-regulated LED maximizes output and runtime; never needs replacing
• High-strength aluminum body with sturdy pocket clip for secure retention
• Ergonomic “clickie” tailcap switch allows for easy switching between two output levels
• Powered by two AAA alkaline batteries; included
• Sealed with O-rings; waterproof to one meter for 30 minutes.

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Recommendation and review posted by Bethany Smith