Is the dramatic rise in chin implants due to video chat?

The Wall Street Journal reports that the American Association of Plastic Surgeons has seen a meteoric rise in chin implants over the past year. The number of chin implants, where a silicon implant increases the size of the chin, grew 71% in 2011. That's 20,680 chin implants total in the U.S. According to the WSJ: » 4/18/12 5:59pm 4/18/12 5:59pm

Science proves that getting silicone injected directly into your body is a bad idea

I'm not really sure who needs to be reminded of this, but here it goes. Getting a gray-market silicone injection to improve your body is not a good thing. In fact, it's quite deadly. A group of presenters at CHEST 2011, the 77th annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, have all reported death or… » 10/25/11 6:20am 10/25/11 6:20am

Which poisonous bacterial protein is best for you?

As someone who has never had botulinim toxin injected in my face as a way to prevent wrinkles, it never occurred to me that different strains of the toxin might have different levels of effectiveness. Yet enterprising researchers from San Francisco have studied these poisons extensively, pitting two types against… » 6/23/11 10:14am 6/23/11 10:14am

Using surgery to predict the health of the U.S. economy

Last year, some brave minds realized that, "To the best of our knowledge, there have been no previous studies evaluating the correlation of the US economy and hand surgery volume." I know, I'm shocked too. So they set out to determine whether the amount of hand surgeries could predict the strength or weakness of the… » 2/07/11 11:13am 2/07/11 11:13am