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5/25/2018

Fecal microbial transplantation along with standard supportive therapy was more effective than standard care alone in a study of young parvovirus-infected dogs with acute hemorrhagic diarrhea syndrome, researchers reported in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. The mortality rate was lower, diarrhea resolved sooner and average hospitalization time was shorter in the FMT group, researchers reported.

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American Veterinarian
5/25/2018

The state of New York will put $12 million toward a $40 million College of Veterinary Medicine at Long Island University's Post campus as part of a larger economic development project on Long Island. The four-year doctoral program will enroll 100 students a year and classes will begin in September 2019.

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5/25/2018

A research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine found per-capita end-of-life care costs increased for Medicare fee-for-service from 2004 to 2009 then decreased from 2009 to 2014. Lead author Dr. William Weeks of the Dartmouth Institute said possible reasons include changes in the supply and type of practitioners; changes in demand due to trends in end-of-life care wishes; and increased cost-consciousness due to the financial crisis of 2008.

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Medical Research
5/25/2018

An analysis of several large studies found most patients with preclinical Alzheimer's disease do not develop Alzheimer's dementia, but the risks vary with age and gender, researchers wrote in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia. Dr. Constantine Lyketsos of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine called the study methodologically sound and said it offers hope to most people with preclinical Alzheimer's disease that they may not develop dementia.

5/25/2018

The US Senate voted 92 to 5 to approve and send to President Donald Trump the VA Mission Act, which will increase funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide more veteran caregivers with benefits. The legislation calls for expanding caregiver benefits to veterans injured before Sept. 11, 2001, making them immediately available to those injured before May 7, 1975, and in two years for those injured from 1975 to 2001.

5/25/2018

Two men are seen on security video entering a parking garage in Beverly Glen, Calif., using what may be a master key, then hot-wiring and stealing a van that contained $500,000 worth of lasers, platelet-rich plasma devices and other equipment, according to the van's owner, plastic surgeon Saul Lahijani. "These serial numbers have been called to the companies, and they'll be of no use to anyone, because as soon as they are called in, they will know that these are stolen property," Lahijani said.

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Beverly Glen
5/25/2018

Roshanak Khadem, former owner and operator of two medical clinics in California's San Fernando Valley, and four others were each indicted on 13 counts of health care fraud and a single count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud over their alleged involvement in an $8 million insurance fraud scheme. Khadem, physician Roberto Mariano, two clinic employees and a former Anthem fraud investigator allegedly conspired to provide free cosmetic procedures to patients in exchange for their insurance information, allowing the clinics to improperly bill insurers for medically unnecessary or unprovided services, which resulted in about $8 million worth of improper payments, the indictment says.

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HealthLeaders Media
5/25/2018

A dermatologist in suburban Atlanta is being sued for allegedly endangering and misleading patients, one of whom sustained brain damage after undergoing cosmetic surgery. The doctor offers liposuction, buttocks lifts and abdominoplasty but is not board-certified in general or plastic surgery, and her office is not licensed as a surgery center or accredited as an operating room.

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Atlanta
5/25/2018

Plastic and bariatric surgeon Christopher Jones will be removing two pounds of skin from the legs of a man who lost 500 pounds by undergoing bariatric surgery and embarking on a diet and exercise plan, so that the man can get a prosthetic leg that fits. "He could no longer fit any type of prosthesis, and even if it were custom made, the looseness of the skin would not allow him to walk," Jones said.

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Christopher Jones
5/25/2018

Treatment options for xanthelasmas include topical trichloroacetic acid, liquid nitrogen cryotherapy, laser therapy and surgical excision, and researchers reported in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery that efficacy varies among the treatments. Surgical excision has proven effective, and the authors recommend it "for lesions that involve the deep dermis or infiltrate the underlying muscle."