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ACFAOM 2015: Wednesday July 22, Orlando, Florida
ACFAOM's 2015 Annual Clinical Conference will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Florida, on July 22. During this 1-day, 8 CECHs, you will be an engaged and active participant in the whole learning process. The faculty members will act as coaches, and encourage participants to discuss their own ideas about the cases presented. Adult learning at its best! The response to this NEW form of podiatric CME at our annual meeting last year was extremely positive. "A better way to learn" said one participant. "Why don't we have more educational programs like this" said another. The morning session will focus on BIOMECHANICS, the afternoon on MEDICINE. The conference is FREE to ACFAOM members as a membership benefit, and non-members are welcome for a very nominal fee of $99.
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Meet Luke Cicchinelli, DPM — today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. Luke Cicchinelli 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. Cicchinelli is a U.S. surgeon who is internationally recognized in Sports Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery of Foot and Ankle, Adult and Pediatric, since 1993. 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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Management and prevention of acute and chronic lateral ankle instability in athletic patient populations
World Journal of Orthopedics
Acute and chronic lateral ankle instability are common in high-demand patient populations. If not managed appropriately, patients may experience recurrent instability, chronic pain, osteochondral lesions of the talus, premature osteoarthritis and other significant long-term disability.
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Up to 65 percent of patients with chronic plantar fasciitis may benefit from shock wave therapy
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons via PRNewswire
Shock wave therapy may relieve symptoms in up to 65 percent of patients suffering from chronic plantar fasciitis, a common condition causing prolonged pain and discomfort along the bottom of the foot and heel, according to a new study appearing in the May 6 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
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Ankle fracture patients have elevated levels of synovial biomarkers for OA
Lower Extremity Review
Patients with acute intra-articular ankle fractures demonstrate elevated levels of biomarkers that are commonly associated with osteoarthritis, suggesting that the degenerative process that leads to OA in the majority of ankle trauma patients begins in the acute phase, according to research from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
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Will the new Sustainable Growth Rate 'doc fix' work?
Podiatry Today
After punting 17 times on a fix for the Sustainable Growth Rate reimbursement system for Medicare, Congress finally reached a permanent solution last month. Congress approved the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, a bill to permanently replace the SGR with a system that will update payments by 0.5 percent for the next four years followed by flat payments for six years after that and then subsequent raises of 0.25 percent a year, according to Modern Healthcare. The bill was going to President Barack Obama as this issue went to press.
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Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can slow or reverse nerve damage from diabetes
Medical Xpress
Approximately 50 percent of patients with diabetes suffer from nerve damage, or neuropathy. No cure exists, and the most effective treatment, keeping blood sugar in control, only slows neuropathy. A new study in the Journal of Neurophysiology, however, introduces a new alternative, omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. The study shows that fish oil supplements can restore the condition of nerves damaged from diabetes in mice.
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What CMS envisions for physician quality reporting programs
By Christina Thielst
Data-driven and value-based decision making is here to stay, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been one of the drivers of this change in healthcare. The new CMS Physician Quality Reporting Programs Strategic Vision will help them to evolve, making better use of data collected and adding value for their stakeholders. The Strategic Vision describes how CMS will build upon current successes in quality measurement and public reporting, and it presents a future state for their programs to strive toward over the next several years.
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Moderate red wine consumption benefits patients with type 2 diabetes
Endocrine Today
Patients with well-controlled type 2 diabetes may improve their metabolic profile by drinking one glass of red wine per day, according to research presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Prague. In a long-term, randomized controlled trial in Israel, researchers found that moderate red wine intake — when combined with a healthy diet — is safe and may even decrease cardiometabolic risk.
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4 ways to handle cyber conflict and negative reviews
Physician's Practice
Anonymous, electronic remarks can be hurtful to your pride and medical practice. Here are four ways to handle potentially detrimental online reviews. The evolution of technology has dramatically enhanced our ability to connect with one another, a progression that has had both positive and negative effects. Positive, because we can communicate with almost anyone, anywhere, anytime. And negative, because we are increasingly expressing ourselves in a disrespectful manner.
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