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Spa's 'Vampire Facials' May Have Had Scary Consequence

NM spa may have spread HIV, authorities say

(Newser) - "Vampire facials," in which a patient's blood is drawn and then injected back into their face after patelet-rich plasma is isolated, have resulted in real-life terror for the clients of a New Mexico spa. The state Department of Health says people who received the facials or other... More »

Spas Meet Surgery, Results Not Always Pretty

Hybrid medical spas face increasing scrutiny after death

(Newser) - Medical spas offering pedicures alongside plastic surgery are gathering steam, their numbers swelling 85% from mid-2007 to the end of last year—and coming under scrutiny. The death of a Florida woman undergoing liposuction at one of the nation's 1,800 such spas has added fire to proposed legislation in... More »

In Saudi Arabia, a Hotel for Women

Men-free Luthan Hotel 'meeting a very big demand' in conservative Muslim kingdom

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia’s first hotel catering exclusively to women—right down to its plush spa—opened this week in Riyadh, the Independent reports. The conservative kingdom enforces strict Islamic segregation of sexes in public, but women can stay at the Luthan Hotel without a male guardian—nor any men on... More »

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