MASSDEVICE ON CALL — It was 50 years ago this month that doctors in Houston, Texas, performed the 1st breast implant procedure using a silicone gel encased in silicone rubber lining.
Millions of breast augmentation procedures have been performed since, with more than 316,000 reported in 2011 alone.
Don’t let families veto organ donation wishes, ethicists say
Families of patients who have consented to donate their organs after they die are given the choice to veto the organ donation, a practice that some ethicists say needs to be done away with.
Harvard researchers close enrollment in dual anti-platelet therapy trial
Researchers at the Harvard Clinical Research Institute closed enrollment in a study evaluating the the appropriate duration of dual anti-platelet therapy following drug-eluting stent implantation.
Researchers identify gene associated with post-traumatic stress disorder
Boston University researchers identified a gene they say may play a role in protecting brain cells from stress-related damage and which may be linked to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder.
1 in 3 U.S. docs won’t see Medicare patients
A survey finds that 1 in 3 U.S. physicians won’t accept Medicare patients, whose rates of reimbursement for medical procedures are traditionally lower than patients with private insurance.