Med Watch: Old lipo procedure, new name

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by Meg Farris / Eyewitness News

wwltv.com

Posted on January 25, 2011 at 5:34 PM

NEW ORLEANS -- There's a new type of liposuction being marketed called Tickle Lipo. Doctors using it say Tickle Lipo offers better results, faster procedures and higher patient satisfaction, because you get a tickling sensation with no pain and you are awake during the procedure.

Medical Watch asked several doctors in the area about this procedure, and it is their opinion that this is not new. The procedure is simply powered liposuction where the cannula, or rod-like instrument, rotates and vibrates.

In fact, nearly 10 years ago, Weight Loss Wednesday looked at this procedure with one of its creators, local dermatologic surgeon Dr. Bill Coleman. He published scientific studies back in 2001 that showed power lipo was more efficient in removing fat, making the procedure go faster, it is safer with better results and faster recovery times than manual cannulas.

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The Tulane University School of Medicine earned a prestigious award for health care rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.

The Association of American Medical Colleges just announced the Spencer Foreman Award for outstanding community service praising Tulane for creating a network of neighborhood-based primary care and mental health community clinics for the uninsured and underinsured.

Tulane brought in $100 million in federal funding to New Orleans to support 93 neighborhood-based clinics that provide care to 20 percent of the people in this area. One-quarter of all applicants to U.S. medical schools this past year applied to Tulane, saying they wanted an opportunity to work in local community programs, now considered to be the future in medical education.

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A new study finds that aspirin may help extend the lives of men with prostate cancer. Prostate cancer patients who had surgery or radiation, and then took aspirin, were less likely to die of cancer. Men with high-risk prostate cancer benefited the most. The aspirin may interfere with the cancer growing or spreading.

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And walking may help prevent you from getting breast cancer. Doctors find that post menopausal women who take a brisk walk one hour a day, or do some other similar exercise, were 15 percent less likely to get breast cancer than women who walked less than an hour a week.

 

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