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Final call for 26 CMEs – this week – ACFAOM 2014
ACFAOM
The focus of ACFAOM 2014 (June 5-8; Alexandria, Virginia; 26 CMEs) will be on the latest clinical information in Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine, Imaging, and the Business of Practice, using real cases and national experts to stimulate you and relate to your daily world of office-based patient care. And an optional workshop on Billing & Coding will update you for 2014 and help you begin a smooth transition to ICD-10. For the final program click here.

In addition to the CME program, selected companies will host all breakfasts and lunches, with speakers including Dr. Warren Joseph (Onychomycosis Update), Mr. Jason Kraus (Podiatry Reimagined), Dr. Lee Rogers (Epifix: Focus on Clinical Evidence and Limb Salvage), and Dr. Eric Bornstein (Next Generation Laser Technology for Onychomycosis Therapy). For more information and to register click here.
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Meet Frank Spinosa, DPM, FACFAOM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Dr. Frank Spinosa will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Spinosa currently serves as President of the American Podiatric Medical Association. He has authored numerous articles and books, for both scientific and lay publications. To register for this FREE weekly, and unique, learning experience that will give you additional insights into the profession's past and future click here.
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A closer look at tendon transfers for crossover hammertoe
Podiatry Today
Given the tricky nature of second digit metatarsophalangeal joint instability/crossover hammertoe, surgeons need an effective remedy. Accordingly, these authors advocate for the use of tendon balancing procedures as viable alternatives that surgeons can combine with a modified Lapidus and endoscopic gastrocnemius recession when adjunctive procedures are warranted.
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Diabetic foot ulcers linked to premature death from vascular, nonvascular causes
Healio
Individuals with diabetic foot ulcers were shown to be at greater risk of premature death from vascular and nonvascular causes than those without ulcers, according to a recently published study. Researchers obtained data for patients who attended a secondary care diabetic foot clinic or a general diabetes clinic between 2009 and 2010.
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Despite enrollment success, healthcare law still unpopular
Gallup
Although the Obama administration is boasting higher-than-expected enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, Americans' attitudes toward the healthcare law have changed only marginally since the open enrollment period ended for 2014. A steady 43 percent of Americans approve of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," while a majority continue to disapprove of it, roughly where sentiment was before the enrollment window officially closed on March 31.
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Podiatry gets vote as Medi-Cal benefit
CaliforniaHealthline
In a floor vote recently, the California Assembly unanimously agreed to make podiatric services a Medi-Cal benefit. Podiatry had been an optional Medi-Cal benefit until 2009 when it was cut because of budget constraints along with a number of other services, including optometry and adult dental services. Some of those services, including podiatry, were reinstated at rural clinics and rural federally qualified health centers after a court challenge, but most areas of California are not allowed to provide podiatry as a Medi-Cal benefit.
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Healing hypoxic wounds: Fighting an uphill battle
Lower Extremity Review
A lack of oxygen can negatively affect wound healing in a number of ways, but surgical, pharmacological, and other technological advances are allowing clinicians to enhance oxygen delivery to damaged tissues and significantly improve healing of hypoxic wounds.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Large U.S. Army study: Foot strike doesn't affect injury rate (Runner's World)
Toenail onychomycosis treated with a fractional carbon-dioxide laser and topical antifungal cream (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology)
Key pearls for treating Haglund's deformity in runners (Podiatry Today)
Struggling to move: Delving into the pain of osteoarthritis (The Blade)

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Study: 2.1 billion people are overweight or obese
The Los Angeles Times via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The world isn't getting smaller, it's getting fatter, according to a comprehensive report published in The Lancet. Whether you're looking at men or women, children or adults, citizens of rich countries or poor ones, people were much more likely to be overweight or obese in 2013 than they were in 1980, the study found.
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Sandal feet fixes
HealthNewsDigest.com
If the idea of baring your toes makes you think twice, rethink how you treat your feet. Women tend to be very hard on their feet, from squeezing them into torturously high heels and narrow points to pounding the pavement in shoes that lack the proper arch support. Years of trekking can give you pain, and leave your feet in no shape to be seen. When a paraffin pedicure simply isn't enough, there are options to alleviate the discomfort of bearing your not-quite-ready-for-the-beach feet.
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House votes to undo Medicaid cuts on adult dental, podiatry
WCBU-FM
The Illinois House has voted to undo a series of cuts in the state's program of healthcare for the poor. Backers of the change say the cuts have come with a significant cost. Two years ago, Democrats and Republicans agreed to massive reductions in the Medicaid program, with savings estimated at greater than $2 billion. Now Democrats say some of those cuts are costing more than they're worth.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


Effects of barefoot and barefoot inspired footwear on knee and ankle loading during running
Clinical Biomechanics via PubMed
Recreational runners frequently suffer from chronic pathologies. The knee and ankle have been highlighted as common injury sites. Barefoot and barefoot inspired footwear have been cited as treatment modalities for running injuries as opposed to more conventional running shoes. This investigation examined knee and ankle loading in barefoot and barefoot inspired footwear in relation to conventional running shoes.
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