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Gait, cognition predict falls in early Parkinson's
MedPage Today
Factors that helped predict which patients with Parkinson's disease would fall repeatedly included gait and cognitive ability, a researcher reported here. Among a cohort of 94 patients who had never fallen, factors that were associated with becoming a recurrent faller included step velocity (P=0.017), step time (P=0.018), and cognition (P=0.007), according to Lynn Rochester, Ph.D., of Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
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Effectiveness of local tenoxicam vs. corticosteroid injection for plantar fasciitis treatment
Orthopedics Today
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain in adults. In this prospective study, the outcomes of local tenoxicam injection and corticosteroid therapy for the treatment of plantar fasciitis were compared.
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Why partial first ray amputations in patients with diabetic neuropathy do not work
Podiatry Today
Diabetes mellitus with peripheral sensory neuropathy and the associated increased risk of ulceration continue to be growing issues in today's society. Peak ambulatory forces occur about the first ray, creating a cycle of stresses, tissue buildup and eventual breakdown. Conservative therapies often fail due to an inability to offload the wound properly, poor pedal hygiene and inadequate distal blood flow. Many of these patients eventually progress to require an amputation.
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The Affordable Care Act: They gave it the wrong name
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
Most Americans are thinking this major new piece of healthcare legislation, the Affordable Care Act, is going to make health insurance more affordable. Why? Picture me with my hands cupped on both sides of my mouth screaming, "because it's got the word 'affordable' in it!" And the word affordable suggests that current health insurance premiums will be less expensive, but this is not the case. Clearly, unarguably, they will be more expensive.
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The need for better obesity education - in medical schools
TIME
When it comes to the obesity epidemic, it’s not just patients, but doctors who need an education. In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers argue that part of the blame for the obesity epidemic lies with physicians – more specifically, the way doctors are trained.
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Why it's your feet that foot the medical bill of life
Business 2 Community
When assessing your body’s health, have you ever paused to give thought to your feet? It’s not a body part most people are inclined to remembering when it comes to medical assessments, and as a result, feet rarely get the medical attention they deserve. Some argue that they are among the hardiest parts of the body, and while that is certainly true, it hardly means that they can stay in excellent condition without a “tune-up” every now and then. Feet do a lot of work, yet they rarely get a lot of consideration. Do you know how many steps you take in a lifetime?
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A closer look at evolving treatments for phantom limb pain
Podiatry Today
Congenital limb deficiency, cancer, vascular problems and trauma are among the common causes of limb loss. In the United States, an estimated 1.7 million patients have experienced limb amputation and 60 to 80 percent of these patients develop phantom limb pain.
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Study: US physician payments vary widely, mysteriously
Reuters
Private insurance companies across the U.S. pay doctors dramatically different amounts for the same routine office visits and services, according to a new study. Physicians at the high end of the reimbursement spectrum get more than twice as much as those at the low end for the same service, with little apparent reason for the difference, researchers say.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


Obtaining work-life balance support from medical practice colleagues
Physicians Practice
Dr. Jennifer Frank writes, "Are your physician peers, staff, and family supporting you in your quest to have better work-life balance? Here's how they can help? I recently took a quiz put out by Wayne State on work-life balance. It is a series of true-false questions and like most of these quizzes, you can guess how you’re supposed to respond based on the way the question is worded. I scored in the middle — apparently my work-life balance is teetering on the edge. If I’m not careful, things will become unbalanced, per the quiz results. (The key to this is to take the quiz and have all the doctors and those in management in your office do the same.)"
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


The effect of unstable sandals on instability in gait in healthy female subjects
Gait & Posture
Unstable footwear generally lacks thorough peer-review published research to support concepts and marketing claims. The purpose of this study was to investigate the instability induced by four (FitFlop, Masai Barefoot Technology, Reebok Easy-Tone and Skechers Tone-Ups) commercially available unstable sandals and one stable control sandal (Earth) in walking in 15 females (mean±SD age was 29±6.7 years, mass 62.6±6.9kg and height 167.1±4.2cm).
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