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A team of British and Danish scientists have made a way to make holidays more productive .
The team travel around the world on holidays offering plastic surgery to people who have been disfigured by acid attacks .
The team, part of British charity Interplast UK, includes surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, a physiotherapist – even a pharmacist . The dream team pay for their own flight and for accommodations as well. They have recently travelled Delhi to help other victims . As of now they have performed over a 100 surgical procedures in the short span of two weeks .
Quoting the BBC “They see lots of children with cleft palates and the victims of burns and other accidental injuries, but about a quarter of their patients are people who have been deliberately disfigured: doused in acid in horrific attacks.”
These attacks causes complete destruction of the person’s  life.
Government figures suggest there are perhaps 1,000 such attacks a year; campaigners say that is a grotesque underestimate. They say the real figure is many, many times higher.
Retired NHS plastic surgeon Charles Viva says that stories of their survival from these acid attacks has been a source of inspiration for them.
One of the stories is of Anupama.

Anupama had travelled from Bihar to Delhi to have this operation . She was 14 when she was attacked . She and her sister had been frequently assaulted. The two sons and a daughter had started eve teasing her and trying to lure her into their house. When her father complained, they became angry. A few nights later, they came to the family house and threw acid on Anupama and her sister while they were sleeping. Her sister escaped with minor injuries , however Anupama was not so fortunate .

Anupama has tried to have numerous operations all of them providing only basic treatment .
The sum that doctors demanded for a more intensive treatment was way beyond what Anupama could afford .This team of doctors has transformed Anupama’s life .

This story  will hopefully inspire people to help change the future of a person’s life even while on a holiday .

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Videos on Plastic Surgery Found on YouTube Can be Misleading, Study Reveals

YouTube is for marketing. The majority of the people who post these videos are trying to sell you something

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YouTube videos on plastic surgery can be misleading: Study. Pixabay

Do you turn to YouTube for advice on cosmetic surgery procedures? Beware, most of these are misleading marketing campaigns posted by non-qualified medical professionals, researchers have warned.

Researchers at the Rutgers University found that the millions of people who turn to YouTube as a source for education on facial plastic surgery receive a false understanding that does not include the risks of alternative options.

“Videos on facial plastic surgery may be mainly marketing campaigns and may not fully be intended as educational,” said lead author Boris Paskhover, Assistant Professor at the varsity.

For the study, the team evaluated 240 top-viewed videos with 160 million combined views that resulted from keyword searches for ‘blepharoplasty’, ‘eyelid surgery’, ‘dermal fillers’, ‘facial fillers’, ‘otoplasty’, ‘ear surgery’, ‘rhytidectomy’, ‘facelift’, ‘lip augmentation’, ‘lip fillers’, “rhinoplasty’ and/or ‘nose job’.

The researchers also evaluated the people who posted the videos, including whether they were health care professionals, patients or third parties.

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Even videos posted by legitimate board-certified surgeons may be marketing tools made to look like educational videos. Pixabay

A majority of videos did not include professionals qualified in the procedures portrayed, including 94 videos with no medical professional at all.

Even videos posted by legitimate board-certified surgeons may be marketing tools made to look like educational videos, Paskhover noted.

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“Patients and physicians who use YouTube for educational purposes should be aware that these videos can present biased information, be unbalanced when evaluating risks versus benefits and be unclear about the qualifications of the practitioner,” he said.

“YouTube is for marketing. The majority of the people who post these videos are trying to sell you something,” he stated. (IANS)

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