The Skinny on Supermodels
Do rail-thin models featured in print and television ads set a dangerous standard for female beauty?
The Israeli government recently passed a law banning underweight models from appearing in ads. It also requires ads to state if the image has been altered.
But where do you draw the line between a naturally-skinny frame and someone who is truly underweight? The Doctors explain.
Forgotten Surgical Tools
I’ve heard stories of people who have had surgery only to find out that a surgical tool had been left inside them after the fact! How can I be sure to know that this doesn’t happen to me surgery?
“First and foremost we need to emphasize that things have changed,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “This absolutely can happen, and it has happened; they estimate 2,000 cases a year. But there are checks and balances involved to try and make sure it doesn’t happen.”
Surgical items left in the body can lead to infection, injury and pain. Sponges are the most common objects found in bodies, as they soak up blood and can be hard to see. In the operating room, doctors count their instruments before and after surgery to make sure all items are accounted for; however, it’s not 100 percent accurate each time.
Gynecologist Dr. Jennifer Israel from the Keck Medical Center of USC joins OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson to demonstrate The Magic Wand, a new tool designed to detect surgical tools in a patient’s body. See how it works!
Repairing a Broken Elbow
Steve, 47, broke his elbow after suffering an accidental fall, leaving him in severe pain and deterring his active lifestyle.
“Any time I go to straighten out my arm it feels like there’s an ice pick being stuck in the middle of it,” Steve says.
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bill Stetson performs arthroscopic surgery to repair Steve’s elbow by cleaning out the scar tissue and removing loose pieces of cartilage.
While Steve can expect an improvement in his pain and mobility, his existing arthritis may hinder a complete recovery. Dr. Stetson explains how arthritis can contribute to elbow pain but that it’s actually not the most common cause of it.
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Fixing Trigger Finger
Leslie, 50, has been suffering from trigger finger in her thumb for the past two years. The condition disables her from moving her thumb without excruciating pain, and she’s tried cortisone shots and braces for treatment.
“My thumb is in extreme pain,” Leslie says. “When I bend it, it feels like it's breaking in half.”
Hand and wrist surgeon Dr. John Knight explains that trigger finger can develop from repetitive and forceful use of the fingers. I can also result from an injury to the hand and is seen more often in diabetics.
“This is the most common procedure [we perform],” Dr. Knight says. “It’s more common than carpal tunnel.”
Beat Bloating Naturally
Holly, 42, says that she tries to eat healthy but every time she eats at a vegan restaurant, she becomes bloated, gassy and tired. She asks The Doctors why healthy foods give her stomach troubles.
Vegetarian foods are higher in fiber, which can cause bloating and diarrhea. Gas forms when bacteria in the colon ferment carbohydrates that aren’t digested in the small intestine and it is most difficult for high-fiber foods to be digested in that area. Foods such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, beans and peas are all known to cause this; however, fiber keeps it essential to a healthy diet as it regulates your digestive tract as well as your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon suggests natural ways to alleviate gas:
1. Drinking peppermint and/or ginger tea can help soothe digestive muscles.
2. Clove oil has been known to promote digestion and relieve gas pains, while eucalyptus oil fights bacteria buildup.
3. Chewing fennel seeds helps release gas naturally and reduces bloating.