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Call for Article Submissions: Combating the Opioid Epidemic

Submit your research to our call for submissions campaign on the opioid epidemic. Our goal is to mobilize medical researchers and healthcare providers across disciplines and specialties as the medical community continues to combat this devastating public health crisis. Important: The deadline for submission is September 30th. Please use 'Opioid Epidemic' as a keyword in your submission to qualify. United States opioid and overdose statistics (CDC): Nearly 841,000 people have died since 1999 from a drug overdose. Over 70% of drug overdose deaths in 2019 involved an opioid. More than 14,000 deaths from prescription opioids occurred in 2019, which is equivalent to about 38 deaths per day For the opportunity to be featured on a devoted opioid research page, editors will consider original articles, case reports, review articles, and technical reports across a broad area of research in a multitude of specialties related to the opioid epidemic including:  Emergency Medicine Medical Education and Simulation Public Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Psychology Psychiatry Pain Management Oncology Anesthesia Cardiology Critical Care Example topics include: Early detection of opioid use disorders Avenues for treatment of chronic pain and opioid use disorders Covid-19 pandemic and opioid overdose increase Opioid use disorders focused prevention strategies Overdose-related cardiac arrests observed by emergency medical services Advancing better practices for pain management The psychology of addiction

Aug 18, 2021

Using Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy to Efficiently Reduce Beard Hair Loss

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is one of the most recent scientific advancements in the field of hair restoration. It’s simple, painless and relies on activating your body’s own healing capacities. Here is what you need to know about this procedure: What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for beard hair loss?    PRP therapy has already been successfully used for some time in treating other conditions, such as muscle, bone or joint injuries. However, it was only recently that its benefits in promoting hair growth and restoration have been scientifically verified. This quick and easy procedure involves drawing a little bit of your own blood, then using a special centrifuge to separate the substances in it. Once the nutrient-rich platelets, which are great at promoting tissue growth are isolated, they are injected into the balding areas on your chin. This leads to better vascularization, tissue healing and regeneration, which means your reinvigorated follicles will start producing a thick and healthy-looking beard. The procedure is no more painful than the sting of any injection, it is not invasive and carries no more risks than your average jab. Because it is your own blood that you are using, there is no chance of the body rejecting the platelets.      Who can benefit from PRP therapy for beard hair loss? There is already mounting evidence that PRP can be very effective in treating androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) in the beard area. However, new research indicates that it may also successfully treat alopecia areata of the beard – a relatively rare, auto-immune condition which leaves a pattern bald spots on your chin.  PRP therapy can also help treat beard loss caused by trauma (if the scarring is not too severe), by resolved skin issues, or by aging. However, it is unlikely that this procedure will yield good results if your hair loss is caused by beard trichotillomania (pulling out your beard hair when stressed), chemotherapy, untreated dermatological conditions, extensive scarring etc. If you are unsure what is causing your beard hair to fall out or would like to be certain that PRP is the right choice for you, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.   How much does PRP therapy for beard hair loss cost? A good price-quality ratio, offered by the well-reputed Wimpole Clinic in London, starts at $449 per PRP session. Given that 3-4 sessions, spaced out 4 weeks apart are normally required, followed by a booster session after 6-12 months, you should probably consider setting aside around $2,000-3,000 for the procedure in the first year.

May 21, 2021