Unlike permanent lip fillers, temporary lip fillers require patients to undergo periodic maintenance injections, but temporary lip fillers can be dissolved with an enzyme injection, while permanent lip fillers can't, says plastic surgeon Nolan Karp. Too-frequent injections can leave scars, and the procedure should be done only by a board-certified plastic surgeon, Karp says.
A Black Book survey revealed that 92% of about 650 health care consumers said enhancing consumer experience should be a priority for health care providers and that patients have high expectations for digital health tools offered by providers. According to the survey, 93% of respondents want access to digital tools that facilitate interactions with providers, 85% want tools for virtual care access, 97% want online scheduling capabilities, 92% want to be able to make payments online and 94% want digital price transparency tools.
The CMS' draft physician fee schedule includes new options for Medicare practitioners to document office/outpatient evaluation and management visits, which make up nearly 40% of allowed charges for physician fee schedule services, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said. Also included in the draft are provisions that would allow separate payment for remote evaluation of images and video provided by patients and for virtual check-ins; a revised payment model for new drugs; and updated direct practice expense input pricing for equipment and supplies.
The House Ways and Means Committee approved a bill that would postpone a tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health plans until 2022 and suspend employer-mandate penalties incurred from 2015 through 2019. The panel also advanced legislation that would permit anyone to buy a catastrophic plan and allow consumers to use the Affordable Care Act's tax credits for plans bought outside of ACA exchanges.
A study in the Journal of Diabetes showed that having higher fasting plasma glucose and lower grip strength correlated with greater diabetes incidence among older Chinese adults, compared with those who had only higher FPG or lower grip strength. Researchers used a cohort of 328 Chinese adults with impaired fasting glucose, age at least 60, and found that "not only glucose levels, but also physical performance may be useful markers of risk in community elderly with IFG."
Researchers found that adolescents who had psychotic experiences at age 13 were more likely to develop disordered eating behaviors, especially fasting behaviors, binge eating and purging, at age 18, compared with those without psychotic experiences. The findings in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health were based on Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children data involving 6,361 youths.
CDC researchers estimated that 795,000 more teens ages 12 to 19 are now classified as having high blood pressure under the updated American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that lower the threshold for hypertension diagnosis. Despite this, the study, published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found the prevalence of youths with hypertension based on the new guidance dropped from 7.7% in 2001 to 4.2% in 2016.
Children with typical gastroesophageal reflux symptoms should receive acid-suppression therapy for four to eight weeks, while infants with such symptoms should receive the therapy only after dietary changes, according to guidance from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery. The recommendations advised against acid suppression in babies and children with extraesophageal symptoms, particularly those without typical GERD symptoms.
Eleven people have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease in Upper Manhattan, city health officials said, but a source of the bacteria has not yet been identified. Ten of those who have been ill have been hospitalized, and it is possible more cases will be identified, they said.
Eating a healthy diet was associated with a 30% reduced risk of asthma symptoms in men and a 20% lower risk in women, according to a study in the European Respiratory Journal. A healthy diet also was linked to a lower likelihood of poorly controlled symptoms in adults with asthma.
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