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See what you want to believe in

September 19, 2014

There is quite a body of work in the psychology literature on optical and perceptual illusions and how they are influenced by seeing what you want to see. I certainly know very little about the psychology and science of this (though I have fun looking at some).

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Trunk biomechanics, hip and knee kinematics in patellofemoral pain

September 18, 2014

Hot on the heels of posts on: This modelling on core muscle activation and knee loads. This study that showed that more of a forward lean of the trunk at the hips resulted in less knee loads, greater hip loads and no effect on ankle loads compared to a forward lean at the ankle results in less knee loads, greater ankle loads and no effect at the knee A lot of other studies on patellofemoral pain and biomechanics.

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The influence of running speed on ankle and knee joint moments

September 16, 2014

I have long suggested that the number one biomechanical risk factors for an overuse running injury and determinate of running economy is joint moments. That is generally affected by variations in joint axes positions.

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Novel device scans feet to prevent amputation

September 16, 2014

A new device, not dissimilar in appearance to bathroom scales, has been developed that scans the foot for early signs of foot damage, helping to prevent amputation.

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Direct-pay practice: Ensure patients know financial risks

September 16, 2014

Although direct-pay primary care is now more affordable to the masses, many patients remain at financial risk should they need specialty or hospital care not covered by practice membership fees, according to an article from KHI News Service.

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Return of strength after Achilles tendon surgery

September 16, 2014

Despite excellent subjective outcomes following Achilles tendon repair, significant plantar flexion and dorsiflexion strength deficits often persist. However, modern trends in postoperative rehabilitation represent a progression toward a more functional strength recovery.

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The controversial coding and billing areas of foot care

September 16, 2014

Foot care coding and billing has always been tricky and controversial because of medical necessity requirements from Medicare and other commercial insurance carriers. Most number of insurance carriers only reimburse for the treatment of conditions of the foot, and not for the preventive care. For instance, routine foot care in patients without any symptom is not covered by the carriers

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Physicians, hospitals work to meet EHR Meaningful Use Stage 2 guidelines

September 16, 2014

Research has shown that in the last few years, significantly more physicians and hospitals have adopted electronic health records. According to data from the 2009-2013 Electronic Health Records Survey, 78 percent of office-based physicians had adopted some type of electronic health record (EHR) in 2013; 48 percent were equipped with at least a basic EHR system. Results of the Medscape EHR Report 2014, which surveyed 18,575 physicians in 25 specialties, yielded similar results: 83 percent of respondents indicated they currently use EHRs; another 4 percent currently implement a system; and 6 percent plan to do so within the next 1 year to 2 years

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New FICO credit score formula may hurt medical collections

September 16, 2014

A new version of FICO’s credit score formula will be launched this fall that could improve the chances of getting a mortgage. But it also has the potential to impact the collections and cash flow of healthcare providers. While this is good news for the mortgage industry and individuals wanting to finance or refinance, there may be some unintended consequences for medical and healthcare providers.

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Core Muscle Activation and Knee Loads

September 13, 2014

The ‘core’ is well outside my area of expertise, but I still follow the various cults that think it can cure everything as well as those who think its way overrated. I periodically go back and read this as it appears to me to address all the issues and also this blog post from Cor-Kinetic that asks the questions. This does not mean that there is anything wrong with it, it just means don’t jump on the bandwagon and don’t make claims for it that are either not supported or may not even be true

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