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11.19.14 

Medical Practices Must Be Careful When Firing Incompetent Staff
While physicians logically assume that they are justified in terminating employees for such legitimate reasons, the employment laws can throw a wrench into the decisional process.

The risks of employing a non-performing employee are obvious.  First and foremost is the possibility of malpractice committed by an incompetent medical staff member.  The practice could be held liable for the unlawful actions of those staff members, including the abuse of narcotics and medications, HIPAA violations, and the falsification of medical records.

Ironically, it can be less costly to retain a new physician whose skill set is somewhat deficient because malpractice coverage is in place but the cost of litigating an employment dispute may not be covered by the practice’s insurance policies. Full article at Physicians News.

Blue Eyes + Red Hair = Higher Risk for Melanoma
New research suggests that genes tied to blue eyes and red hair could put people at higher risk for moles or freckling in childhood, which are often precursors to the deadly skin cancer melanoma later in life.

Following 477 children from 2004 to 2008, researchers found that the number of moles and freckles increased each year, as did the number of total number of sunburns, waterside vacations and chronic sun exposure. The increasing sun exposure was directly tied to the rise in freckles.

The number and size of moles people develop in childhood tends to predict a person’s risk of melanoma later on. But certain gene variants act differently, depending on the type of sun exposure. For example, kids with blue eyes tend to develop more moles during waterside vacations, but not because of sunburn. Redheaded children, however, tend to develop larger moles when they are sunburned. (More at Physicians News)

‘Vacation Breasts’ Are Actually a Thing
Earlier this year, a plastic surgeon in New York City introduced the world to the InstaBreasts – a 15 minute procedure during which saline is injected into the breasts and provides volume and fullness for 24 hours. ”The saline gets absorbed by the body,” said Dr. Norman Rowe. ”It’s for the women who don’t have time for implants.”

After a successful launch of InstaBreast, Dr. Rowe found a demand for a slightly longer time period. ”Twenty-four hours is great,” said Dr. Rowe, “but it’s still just 24 hours.”

Now, for those women who don’t want to fully commit, but do want to test drive the larger model for more than one day, here are Vacation Breasts. This latest procedure is for perfect for holidays or special occasions, says Dr. Rowe.

“You can use 3-D imaging and put implants in bras,” said Dr. Rowe, “but it’s another thing to see what the weight will actually feel like and what it will be like to live with the new breasts.” (Video at Physicians News)

 

 

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