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Study finds obesity nearly doubles risk for severe distal fibula fractures
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Obesity is associated with nearly double the risk of more proximal distal fibula fractures, which stem from rotational injuries that frequently lead to instability and syndesmotic disruption, according to this study. More

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Healthcare law's new regulations set soon
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With the national health law's political future now entrenched, a deluge of new rules is expected in the coming days and weeks as the Obama administration fleshes out the law's complex components. Most of the anticipation has been focused on rules that determine how the new state-based insurance marketplaces called exchanges will operate. But also closely awaited are decisions about how the government will tax medical devices, allot the shrinking pool of money for hospitals that treat the uninsured, and determine how birth control insurance coverage can be guaranteed for employees of religious schools, universities and charities. More



Geographic variations in US diabetic foot expenditure identified
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Researchers report that in the U.S., Medicare spending on patients with diabetic foot disease varies significantly between different hospital referral regions. Mortality rates among these patients also appear to vary with geographic region, write the authors in the Journal of Diabetes Complications. More

Arginine and proline enriched diet may speed wound healing in diabetes
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Chronic wounds such as foot ulcers are a common problem for diabetics and are the cause of more than 80 percent of the lower leg amputations in these patients. There is currently no effective way to improve healing of these types of wounds, but new research offers hope. More
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NFL study finds higher rates of sprains on artificial turf than on grass surfaces
Lower Extremity Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Knee and ankle sprains in National Football League (NFL) players occurred more frequently on artificial turf than on grass between 2000 and 2009, according to a study commissioned by the NFL Injury and Safety Panel e-published in September by The American Journal of Sports Medicine. More

Should we revisit accepted endpoints in the studies of modalities for wound healing?
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Despite the high cost and potentially grave complications of chronic cutaneous ulcers, the Food and Drug Administration has not approved a new drug therapy for such ulcers in over a decade. Indeed, the mortality rate of chronic ulcers can eclipse that of many cancers. This begs the question: Should we apply the endpoints researchers use for drugs in cancer studies in a similar fashion to studies of modalities for chronic cutaneous ulcers? More

5 things to know about foot pain
Money Magazine via CNN Money    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recurring foot pain, a sign of ill-fitting shoes, and a red flag for a foot problem that could develop into something more serious. Nearly 80 percent of people ages 21 and older have had a foot problem, according to a survey from the Institute for Preventive Foot Health. More

Physician pay a major unknown despite health reform certainty
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President Obama's victory in the November election clears up one major element of uncertainty on how the nation will proceed with health system reform. The Democratic Party's continued control of the Senate and the White House means that the Obama administration will move ahead with implementing the Affordable Care Act's payment and coverage reforms in the coming months. More

Achilles tendon in runners maintains stiffness despite stress of marathon
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Running a marathon does not significantly affect Achilles tendon stiffness, suggesting that overuse may not explain Achil­les ruptures in runners, according to a Finnish study published in the October issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology. More



Analysis of hereditary and medical risk factors in Achilles tendinopathy and Achilles tendon ruptures: A matched pair analysis
Arthoscopy and Sports Medicine via Springer Link    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In Achilles tendon injuries, it is suggested that a pathological continuum might be evident from the healthy Achilles tendon to Achilles tendinopathy to Achilles tendon rupture. As such, risk factors for both tendinopathy and rupture should be the same. More


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