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Autism, Behavioral Treatments, Medications, and the Law

TASA ID: 11342

According to federal law, a functional behavior assessment and a behavior intervention plan should be considered for any student (up to age 21) that has a behavior that interferes with learning.1  An effective behavior assessment needs to examine the antecedents and consequences of a behavior to find out why the behavior is occurring.  Different behaviors can have different functions and each functional behavior assessment needs to examine behaviors separately.   For example...

Laser Treatment for Scars

Everything You Wanted To Know, But Were Afraid To Ask

TASA ID: 11869

If you have ever had a scar, then laser treatment is something you may have considered. But, as with any procedure, it’s good to do your research before proceeding. The aim of this article is to do exactly that. It will answer basic questions, such as: 

  • What is laser treatment for scars?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the side effects
  • What are the alternatives?

By the end of this article you will have a comprehensive understanding of the basics of laser treatment.

Can Scarring Be Treated?

TASA ID: 11869


Scars can be undesirable for several reasons.  Obviously, from a visual perspective, they can create a certain amount of self-consciousness, especially if they are in a very visible location, such as the face.  They may also have some physical symptoms, such as itchiness or pain which leads us to the question: “can plastic surgery remove scars?”   The answer is...

11 Need-To-Know Answers About Lasers

Q&A: Laser Management of Scars

TASA ID: 11869

Things to consider: 

  • Test spots should be performed prior to a full treatment. 
  • Choice of setting: Understand that the pulse rate can be manipulated.
  • Patient selection is based on medical history, including medication and the site of the skin.
  • Patients using medication may produce more sensitivity to the laser-you may want to refrain from using medications 72 hours prior to and after the procedure. 
  • Some skin types may blister, if so, the frequency will need to be reduced.
  • Suntanned patients should not be treated until the skin is lighter to avoid blistering, hypo-pigmentation and delayed efficacy. 
  • A patient on aspirin or iron may bruise more easily. Test a small area first. 
  • Apply cold compresses after the treatment to decrease discomfort and edema.
  • Minimal discomfort relieved by cold compress or cool gel pack. Patient may have edema, erythema and a tight sensation with minimal discomfort. 
  • Topical anesthetics may be used on lesions.

Plastic Surgery Expert Witness

The Importance of Ethics

TASA ID: 11869


When choosing a plastic surgery expert witness, it’s important to choose an expert witness who is familiar with the necessary code of ethics. Historically, there has been no real formal code which expert witnesses should follow. However, in 2010, attorney Robert Ambrogi put together a code of ethics which aims to provide a guide for expert witnesses and how they should behave in an ethical way.

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