Week in Review: Top News and Info Picks for the Week of 7/30/2012

Samantha Johnson

by Samantha Johnson | August 2, 2012 @ 09:00AM

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Cosmetic Surgery News:

Michael Phelps: Big ears, no plastic surgery: Phelps was relentlessly teased when he was younger because of the size of his ears.  When he had qualified for the Sydney Olympics, one of his former taunters came to congratulate him. Phelps shot him down with, "I don't seem to recall who you are." Phelps never had his ears pinned back, and this article suggests they served as a motivator toward becoming a record-smashing Olympian. Do you think his ears played a significant role in his success? Read More

Botox after breakfast? Hotel offers cosmetic procedures: Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery will offer cosmetic procedures such as Botox, chemical peels and, starting next year, breast   augmentation, liposuction and other services at an upscale hotel in Austin, Texas. Would you get Botox in a hotel room? We certainly hope not! Read More via @DrCoverman


Should kids who are bullied get free plastic surgery? 14-year-old Nadia Ilse was granted free plastic surgery by the Little Baby Face Foundation because of her "Dumbo" ears. While she was under consultation with the doctor, he pointed out that her septum was crooked, and that her chin required mentoplasty so that her face would be more symmetrical. All three surgeries totaled $40,000 -- free to Nadia, though -- and she says that now she "feels beautiful." Read More via @DrDavisPlastic 

Health News

Bat spit helps treat stroke patients: Vampire bats consume half their body weight in blood every night. So scientists were curious to find out how these nocturnal creatures drink so much blood without the blood clotting. They discovered enzymes in the bats' saliva capable of breaking down blood clots. For doctors like William Likosky, MD, director of the stroke program at Swedish Neuroscience Institute, Vampire bat saliva could prove to be a very useful component in clot-busting treatments for stroke patients. Read More via @EveryDayHealth

New computer game aims to treat depression in teens: Rather than simply encouraging players to engage in mindless destruction, the SPARX video game attempts to teach teenagers how to deal with depression using a psychological approach known as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The result is a role-playing fantasy game, where teenagers adopt a warrior avatar and get to blast negative thoughts with fireballs while trying to save the world from sinking into a mire of pessimism and despair. Read More via @DrFechner

NYC to limit baby formula in hospitals, encouraging breast-feeding: By Labor Day, at least 27 hospitals in New York City will have implemented the main components of the Latch On NYC initiative, which aims to reduce the influence of baby formula promotion and encourage breast-feeding for new mothers. As part of the initiative, formula samples will no longer be given to new moms -- they will have to ask for them. Many mom bloggers have opposed the initiative saying it was unfair to women who are unable to breast-feed. Less than 1 percent of women are physically unable to breast-feed. What do you think? Read More  

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