August 2013

Tomorrow’s VGR: Psychological Aspects of Fertility Preservation

lawson.cfmTomorrow, August 8th, we are excited to be hosting Angela Lawson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, for our Virtual Grand Rounds (VGR) at 10 AM CDT, entitled, “Psychological Aspects of Fertility Preservation.” The decision to participate in fertility preservation treatment after a cancer diagnosis is psychologically complex. Dr.

Are You At Risk of Contracting Swimmer’s Itch This Summer?

You may have heard of swimmer’s itch—it’s an itchy skin rash that occurs after swimming in fresh shallow waters during the early summer. Maybe your kids have come home from camp with an itchy rash in areas their bathing suit didn’t cover them? Even though swimmer’s itch is reported worldwide, most cases in the US occur in northern states, particularly in those bordering the Great Lakes, including Illinois.

Facelifts: are they about age or beauty?

Facelifts Don’t Turn Ducks into Swans

Blinded ratings of before-and-after pictures of individuals who underwent facelifts confirmed that the patients looked younger, but did not make them any more attractive.

In a study conducted by plastic surgeons at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, 50 raters were asked to guess the ages of patients in the photographs and to rate their attractiveness on a 10-point scale. No rater saw both the “before” and “after” pictures of any individual patient.

On average, the raters estimated that patients were 2.1 years younger than their real ages before surgery, and 5.2 years younger afterward, for a net benefit of 3.1 “years saved,” reported A. Joshua Zimm, MD, and colleagues, online in JAMA Facial & Plastic Surgery.

Drug Use in Pregnant Women Reveals an Increase Since 2000

Recent data from the Treatment Episode Data Set reveal that 4.8% of female substance abuse admissions (between the ages of 15 to 44) are pregnant at the time of entry. While this percentage has remained fairly stable since 2000, the percentage of these pregnant women reporting drug abuse has increased to 63.8%, an increase of almost 13% since 2000. Non-pregnant female admissions in the same age range reveal a similar pattern for drug use, while percentages for both groups reporting alcohol abuse has decreased.