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ACFAOM 2014's new educational format – a resounding success!
ACFAOM
The new approach to continuing podiatric education introduced at ACFAOM 2014 this past weekend was unanimously endorsed as a much more effective way to educate practitioners by the approximately 150 DPMs who attended throughout the 3-day event. The focus of the conference (June 5-8; Alexandria, Virginia; 26 CMEs) was on Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine, Imaging, and the Business of Practice. But instead of the usual lecture approach, all sessions were based on real cases with national experts to guide the education and encourage the attendees to voice clinical opinions in an interactive approach. This even gave attendees an opportunity to argue with the faculty! Nothing passive about this conference! And the optional workshop on Billing & Coding drew 40 DPMs on Sunday morning.

In addition to the interactive sessions, sponsoring companies hosted all breakfasts, lunches, and receptions, with speakers including Dr. Warren Joseph (Onychomycosis Update), Mr. Jason Kraus (Podiatry Reimagined), Dr. Jeff Frenchman (Clinical Evidence and Limb Salvage), and Dr. Eric Bornstein (Next Generation Laser Technology for Onychomycosis Therapy).
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PROFESSION NEWS


The healthcare industry is pushing patients to help themselves
The Wall Street Journal
It's the last mile in the race to fix healthcare—getting patients more involved. Hospitals, doctors and public-health officials are pushing patients to keep track of their medical data, seek preventive care and stay on top of chronic conditions. They're measuring how motivated patients are to manage their own health and adopting a wide range of strategies to help them do better, a concept known as patient engagement.
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2.1 billion people are obese or overweight, new report urges governments to act
Tech Times
Based on a new study, nearly 30 percent of the world's population is overweight or obese, affecting an estimate of around 2.1 billion people. Researchers conducted a comprehensive assessment on one of the most pressing public health concerns with the use of data between 1980 and 2013 in 188 nations. The study revealed that no country has lowered its obesity rates for over three decades.
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Recognizing MRSA infection risk in diabetic foot ulcers
HCPLive
Approximately 25 percent of diabetic patients will develop an ulcer in their lifetimes, 50 percent of which will become infected. Since nearly half of all Staphylococcus aureus infections harbor difficult-to-cure methicillin-resistant (MRSA) isolates, identifying MRSA risk factors could improve infection prevention and treatment, as well as reduce resistance patterns.
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Cost-effectiveness data favor bracing alone to prevent recurrent ankle sprain
Lower Extremity Review
Bracing costs less and prevents recurrent ankle sprain more effectively than bracing plus neuromuscular training (NMT), according to a cost-effectiveness analysis of injury prevention methods. Dutch investigators at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam randomized 340 active teen and adult athletes who had sprained an ankle up to two months before the study’s start to eight weeks of home NMT (30 mins/day), 12 months of semirigid ankle brace wear for sports, or both interventions.
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British feet 'have grown 2 sizes since 1970s'
The Telegraph
As Cinderella's hapless sisters would aver, squeezing into the wrong size shoes is no easy feat. But apparently that is exactly what British women are doing as the average foot size increases: opting for shoes that are too small to confirm to a social ideal that celebrates petite, dainty feet. Research from the College of Podiatry has shown the British public are increasingly wearing the wrong shoes, after the average foot grew two sizes since the 1970s.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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Majority of Americans experience foot pain, shows new study
News-medical.net
The American Podiatric Medical Association recently announced the results of its Today's Podiatrist survey, which measures the public's attitudes toward foot health. The study, which surveyed 1,000 US adults ages 18 and older, found the majority of Americans say they have experienced foot pain (77 percent), but only a third of those would seek expert care by a podiatrist.
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Are we done with K-wires for hammertoe fixation?
Podiatry Today
Are K-wires still the standard of care for hammertoe proximal interphalangeal joint fusion? Coughlin and coworkers found an 81 percent successful rate of PIPJ fusion in 118 toes using K-wire fixation. Lamm and colleagues similarly showed a 20 percent nonunion rate with PIPJ fusion and K-wire fixation. It seems that we should not be satisfied with any operation yielding a 20 percent failure rate.
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Are prescription monitoring programs merely a placebo?
By Jason Poquette
The network of states connecting their prescription monitoring programs is growing. In a recent press release, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy announced that 25 states now share controlled substance filling records through the PMP InterConnect program. But while these expansions certainly suggest greater potential for detecting inappropriate controlled substance utilization by patients — particularly across state borders — the question remains about whether these programs are actually accomplishing this.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


6 ways medical staff can improve physician-patient relationships
Physician's Practice
While the physician will set the tone for patient visits, staff members can and should help facilitate that process. Building a strong physician-patient relationship is in many ways a complex process. The patient expects the physician to respect his time; provide a good clinical outcome; and improve his quality of life following treatment.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


Toenail onychomycosis treated with a fractional carbon-dioxide laser and topical antifungal cream
JAAD
Traditional pharmacotherapy for onychomycosis has low to moderate efficacy and may be associated with adverse reactions and medication interactions limiting its use in many patients. The study evaluated the clinical efficacy and safety of a fractional carbon-dioxide laser with topical antifungal therapy in the treatment of onychomycosis.
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