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"As fellow news junkies, we talked about the increasing number of cases we reported on a daily basis about women dying from cosmetic surgeries in Florida, and people who were arrested for not being actual doctors."
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Plastic surgery has never been more popular, and is on the rise most everywhere in the world. According to a study performed by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2013, well over 23 million cosmetic surgeries were performed worldwide.

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Doctors usually train in a specialty, but they don’t have to practice in that specialty. And, in most states, they don’t have to tell you how they trained before they treat you. Records from medical specialty boards can help reporters figure out if doctors are board-certified and in which field.

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After hours of emotional debate, the Texas Senate late on Tuesday evening approved omnibus legislation to tighten abortion restrictions.

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Not so wonderful POM juice, tainted drinking water in Calif. and an amazing kidney transplant story, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Should the California Medical Board make a public case for more money? Yes, William Heisel says, noting that it costs doctors more to protect the few bad doctors in their midst from punishment than it does to help maintain the state’s system of medical rules and guidelines.

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The new filing by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency against Dr. Scott Bickman for his role in a California painkiller mill reveals a very sad truth. Maria Garcia’s death could almost certainly have been avoided.

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An undocumented immigrant was expelled from a Texas hospital as she was being prepped for surgery, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Here’s what we’re reading and listening to today:

Achoo: A small but intriguing new study suggests that a common cold virus is linked to childhood obesity. In San Diego, KPBS’ Kenny Goldberg has the story.

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