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Tongue patch' may help in weight loss

Los Angeles -- A California plastic surgeon says his surgically applied tongue patch makes eating uncomfortable, causing people to eat less and lose weight.

Dr. Nikolas Chugay has begun performing what he describes as a weight reduction procedure dubbed the Miracle Patch.

"This patch contains no drugs or chemicals," Chugay says in a statement. "It simply makes chewing solid food very difficult and painful, relegating the patient to a physician supervised liquid diet that fulfills all of the patient's nutritional needs while at the same time minimizing caloric intake."

Plastic surgeons key in disaster planning

Dallas -- Including plastic surgeons in disaster relief response could improve long-term outcomes for victims of catastrophes, doctors in Texas said.

Plastic surgeons should be added to the list of emergency responders in natural disasters and terrorist attacks, emergency planners at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center said in a release.

Plastic surgeons at, or near, the scene of an emergency could prevent and treat face and tissue scarring, and burns, and handle sensitive nerve-related injuries, said Dr. Rod Rohrich, chairman of plastic surgery at Southwestern.