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The Beautiful Brain and How to Connectome

July 23, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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An article published online in Nature this week increased the number of recognized, distinct areas in the human cortex from 83 to 180. The study is based on brain scans of 1200 young adults. Not only were these areas consistent within the population, but software could could detect them correctly in 96.6% in new subjects, and automatically identify individuals with atypical patterns. This provides researchers and practitioners alike, a new and easily reproducible method of picturing the brain.

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Melatonin and Migraine Headaches

May 29, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Melatonin has been available as a supplement in the United States since the 1990s and is often used to aid sleep and attenuate jet lag. A study in 2004 showed promising results in migraine prevention when 3 mg of melatonin was taken 1 hour prior to bedtime. This was conformed 10 years later when Melatonin was compared head-to-head-to-head with amitriptyline and placebo.

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Innervating Bionic Hands – Motor and Sensory

June 13, 2015 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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The great variety of what Plastic Surgeons do is one of the qualities that attracted me to Plastic Surgery. Most people do not think of Plastic Surgeons as researchers, but we all are. Whether it’s an arm prosthesis to help patients get dressed, or a breast prosthesis to help the dress fit, Plastic Surgeons are constantly looking for ways to improve our patients lives.

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Bionic Hands – One Step Closer

February 28, 2015 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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While plastic surgeons are better know for Breast Augmentation, as a group more reconstructive plastic surgery is performed than cosmetic. Stories like the replacement of Marcus’s hand reveal the benefit of both sides of the profession. The restoration of form and function is the ultimate goal. It’s not a fantasy like Star Wars, and will only get better in the future, like round trips to Mars.

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Women in Medicine – Elizabeth Blackwell 166 Years Later

January 17, 2015 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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This Friday marks the 166th anniversary of Elizabeth Blackwell‘s graduation from Geneva Medical College, now Hobart College. Like many people in the US at the time, Elizabeth was born in England. In 1828, at the age of eleven, she moved from Bristol, Gloucestershire, to the Untied States of America, to escape social unrest. New York […]

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Thank You For Your Service

November 11, 2014 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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How can you support a Veteran? The five word title of this article is a good place to start. Thanking a veteran for his or her service is always appreciated. Like many of my favorite Plastic Surgery procedures, it is direct, simple and effective. Organizations range from local like the Blue Star Moms in San Ramon and Danville, CA, to national like the Wounded Warrior Project; from broad to specific like the Navy Seal Foundation; from active duty like the USO to retired. There are many ways to support our Veterans, and no better day than today.

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The End of Summer – Labor Day

August 31, 2013 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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The ARU organized a boycott against all trains that used Pullman rail cars. This included 27 states, at hit the Western United States the hardest. Other labor unions of railroad workers in the United States (the Railroad Brotherhoods) and American Federation of Labor (AFL) opposed the boycott. Riots ensued. Thirty people died and millions of dollars in damages occurred. When mail service was hampered, President Grover Cleveland ordered in the Army to stop the strikers from obstructing the trains.

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Memorial Day – California Society of Plastic Surgeons Keynote Address

May 27, 2013 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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When you think about Plastic Surgery, military trauma care is likely not your first or even second thought. It is certainly a far cry from my Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery practice, but military plastic surgeons are called upon to repair some extreme injuries. For example, the injury from an IED (improvised explosive device) makes the horrible injuries that kept me up all hours during my general surgery training in Sacramento and Stockton seem quite manageable. IED are extremely powerful, and accounts for many of injuries seen in Afghanistan to soldiers and civilians alike.

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Print Your Own Body Parts – We’re All Ears

March 01, 2013 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Cornell bioengineers and physicians armed with a digitized image of an ear, a 3-D printer and a cellular Jell-O are able to produce structures as complex as the cartilage of the external ear. This is incredible news for anyone born without an external ear (1-4 per 10000 births) or who has lost their external ear due to trauma or cancer.

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It’s Not All Boobs – Plastic Surgery Contributions

February 01, 2013 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Since the invention of Reality(less) TV, plastic surgery has received its share of exposure over the last decade. The best known prime time incarnation, ABC’s Extreme Makeover, debuted in 2002. Unlike most its spawn, the show did obtain approval from the American Society of Plastic Surgery, but the emphasis was on the extreme end of […]

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