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Special invitation to attend ACFAOM's Annual Clinical Conference @ The National
If you have already registered for APMA's "The National," you are invited to attend ACFAOM's 2015 Annual Clinical Conference on July 22. During this 1-day pre-conference (8 CECHs) you will be an engaged and active participant in the whole learning process. The content will be "Case Based, Evidence Based, and Office Based." The faculty members will act as coaches and encourage participants to discuss their own ideas about the cases presented. No long tedious lectures. Adult learning at its best!

The response to this NEW form of podiatric CME at ACFAOM's annual conference 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 (Posterior Tibial Dysfunction; Geriatric Patient; Biomechanical and Gait Evaluation); the afternoon on
  • MEDICINE (Differentiating Acute Charcot from Osteomyelitis; Calcaneal Fracture; Painful, Swollen, Red Lower Extremity; Puncture Wounds).
The conference is FREE to ACFAOM and FPMA members, and non-members are welcome for a very nominal fee of $99. Sponsored breakfast (Bako), lunch (Langer) and reception (BioMedix) included. To add this option to your current registration, use the paper registration form available here.
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Onset and duration of anesthesia for local anesthetic combinations commonly used in forefoot surgery; surprise results with sequential blocks
The Foot
Local anesthetic nerve blocks are frequently used for postoperative analgesia and to the best of our knowledge no studies have evaluated the effects of injecting bupivacaine into an area previously injected with lidocaine. Sensation was tested in three groups of subjects receiving local anesthetic digital blocks. Group A received bupivacaine 0.25 percent plain. Group B received a 1:1 mixture of lidocaine 1 percent plain and bupivacaine 0.25 percent. Group C received an initial block of lidocaine 1 percent plain sequentially followed by bupivacaine 0.25 percent 1h later.
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The emerging role of alpha-lipoic acid for diabetic neuropathy
Podiatry Today
There are several strategies for alleviating neuropathic pain. Current mainstays include providing symptomatic treatment with anticonvulsants, such as pregabalin (Lyrica, Pfizer) and gabapentin (Neurontin, Pfizer), or tricyclic antidepressants. However, these medications merely relieve the symptoms and do not alter the actual pathogenetic mechanism of the disease. Furthermore, these medications are associated with adverse effects and contraindications that limit the utility of these drugs.
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Silica exposure risky for men with scleroderma
MedPage Today
Exposure to silica is a risk factor found in more than half of one group of male patients with scleroderma and as a result, every male patient with scleroderma should be asked about silica exposure, the authors of a retrospective case-control study and systematic literature review suggested.
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New study shows ankle sleeves and lace-up braces can benefit athlete performance
Medical News Today
An athlete's use of silicone ankle sleeves and lace-up ankle braces during sports participation can improve neuromuscular control, according to research presented July 9 at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. "Athletes often use prophylactic sleeves or braces, and this study used markerless motion analysis to determine whether these support aids are beneficial," said lead author Seth L. Sherman, MD, from the University of Missouri - Columbia Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
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Study: Type 2 diabetes reduces brain function within just 2 years
A new study published in the journal Neurology shows that Type 2 diabetes triggers a significant reduction in cognitive ability within just a two-year period. The main culprits appear to be increased tissue inflammation and decreased blood flow to the brain.
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2 physician-patient relationship factors that transcend time
Almost every business, regardless of the industry, is about relationships. It doesn't matter whether the business is making widgets or washing cars; our society depends on people helping one another in some fashion. And almost universally, we get and give what we want and need more reliably in the context of solid relationships.
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Do physicians need a dress code?
Becker's Hospital Review
While most physicians are trained not to overemphasize their first impression of patients, especially when making diagnosis and treatment decisions, many rarely consider their own first impression on patients, according to an op-ed in The Conversation from two Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan faculty members, Vineet Chopra, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine, and Sanjay Saint, MD, professor of internal medicine.
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