While thinking to post a new article on this blog I suddenly decided to give the MS Word a try. Registering a new blog account was not a problem at all. It was really easy. Word dashboard is as usual comfortable. Writing anything on MS Word and then posting the same directly to the blog is definitely more convenient. It being the first time, I will have to look in to the finer details and outputs.
‘Daily Readership’ is one such important parameter that determines which is most widely read newspaper. National Readership Survey findings of the “Mediamark Research Inc.” established that the “USA TODAY” remains the most widely read newspaper in the United States. Across the country, more than 3.9 million counted readers verified this fact. “Network Audience Number (NAN)” is another important indicator of the total readership of any publication. “NAN” constitutes all those people who read the “USA TODAY” newspaper and read the news on its website “USATODAY.com” at the same time. In case of the “USA TODAY”, the “NAN” comes out to be almost 5.4 million. Interestingly, there is substantial increase of 11% in the readership of the “USATODAY.com”.” We are proud that MRI’s research shows that our readership numbers are Strong and that “USA TODAY” remains the most widely read newspaper in the Country. “USA TODAY” is gaining momentum going into 2008 with gains in newspaper circulation and in web site readership,” said Craig Moon, President, and Publisher of USA TODAY.
Plastic Surgeons are perfecting Reconstructive Peripheral Nerve Surgery for facial Symmetry Restoration and Pain Management
Hollywood’s imaginative conceptualization of a “Bionic Women” is now closer to become a reality. A ‘reconstructive quality-of-life-enhancement-peripheral nerve surgery’, which was almost impossible sometime ago, is now an available option for the plastic surgeons to turn the notion of a “Bionic Person” in to a reality. NBC’s “Bionic Women” was merely a television fantasy until now.
Nerve Transfer Makes a Bionic Person
Plastic surgeons are working for perfection on a typical ‘nerve-surgery’ that will create an interface of humans with the machines. Amputees will then be having an ability to move prosthetics in more efficient manner.
“We are restoring patients’ movement through reconstructive plastic surgery that allows nerves and muscles to merge with, power, and move prosthetic devices”, said Dr.W.P.Andrew Lee in his presentation at the American Society of Plastic surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2007 Conference at Baltimore.
Plastic surgeons are finalizing an innovative nerve transfer procedure. Selective nerve fibers derived from the neighboring muscles are redirected to damaged muscle. The damaged muscle thus obtains required power to function efficiently. The nerve branches from originally damaged muscle and the redirected muscle then start growing further and compensate the loss. It takes just a few months for damaged muscle to regain the function from the ‘borrowed’ nerve fibers.
The nerve-transfer-technique helps the amputees regain control and move their prostheses. Plastic surgeons often face a situation where a little muscle remains left following an upper arm amputation. This makes it difficult to maneuver the artificial limb. Plastic surgeons are now transferring these remaining nerves in the upper arm to chest and back muscles. This technique makes these muscles more powerful.
“Before, we had to wait for the nerve to slowly regenerate and hope the muscle was still healthy and had some functionality once the nerve reconnected to it,” said Dr.Paul Cederna, in his presentation at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery2007 Conference.
Restoring Facial Symmetry
‘Peripheral nerve treatment process’ is an important tool that helps restoring symmetry to patients with facial paralysis and effective pain management. Plastic surgeons find this technique very helpful especially for the diabetics and migraine headache sufferers.
There is a possibility that the tissue-walls in the feet may become stiff over a period and as a result surround the nerves tightly in case of certain diabetics. These constricted nerves become a big cause for migraine headaches. Plastic surgeons try to create sufficient space around these nerves. This process relieves the pressure and thus assuages pain and the numbness.
Trauma or the tumor is a big cause of facial paralysis. Patients are unable to use the facial muscles around the mouth. It leads to asymmetry and even the permanent frown. Permanent frown makes negative impacts on people’s perception of an individual. Plastic surgeons apply “Botox” to paralyze the normal functioning muscles during the physical therapy process. Use of ‘Botox’ provides strength to the damaged muscles and restores the symmetry of the face.
“Considering what we’ve accomplished over the last several years, we aredefinitely entering into a new age of reconstructive plastic surgery”, said Dr.Lvica Ducic at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery2007 Conference at Baltimore.
Worldwide premieres of a three -hour, three part television series, “The Mysterious Human Heart” will be on PBS on Mondays, October 15th and 22nd at 9 PM (ET). “Mysterious Human Heart” is a program that will help to educate everyone about the burden and consequences of cardiovascular diseases.
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