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Best Selling Running Shoes at Amazon.com

October 25, 2014

In May last yr, in a fit of boredom I looked at list of best selling running shoes at Amazon.com. As I said then its certainly not the most valid source of market share or popularity as some brands are not even sold at Amazon.com and there are day to day fluctuations in the list as it is updated every day. There are obviously demographic differences between those who buy at amazon.com compared to at the run specialty retailer.

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New Antibiotics – Tedizolid

October 23, 2014

As I mentioned in my previous post, this has been a pretty exciting time in the area of lower extremity infectious diseases. Not only do we have 2 new drugs for onychomycosis (to be covered in future posts) but we also have 3 new FDA approved antibiotics for the treatment of, in FDA Speak; “acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections” (aBSSSI).  These drugs are tedizolid, dalbavancin and oritavancin.  Of these, the one that I am most interested in, at least at this moment, is tedizolid.

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Predatory Publishing (and does footwear in runners influence ‘disease’?)

October 23, 2014

What has that got to do with running? At first glance not a lot, but bear with me.

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Predatory Publishing (and does footwear in runners influence foot ‘disease’?)

October 23, 2014

What has that got to do with running? At first glance not a lot, but bear with me. I was first alerted to the concept of predatory publishing by Hylton Menz  a while back in the context of a new journal that was launched by a predatory publisher,  Clinical Research on Foot and Ankle (and yes, that is how they grammatically call it, which probably should be the first red flag).

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Footwear and Flatfeet: Correlation or Causation?

October 21, 2014

One of the arguments that often get advanced for a barefoot lifestyle is that shoes cause flat feet as they weaken the muscles. Not sure how people make that conclusion as there is no evidence that footwear wearing populations have feet that is any weaker than barefoot wearing populations – you would have thought that if such claims were being made, those making it would have something to back it up.

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Diagnosing and treating pigmented nail lesions

October 21, 2014

Presenting a guide to effective management of pigmented nail lesions due to melanocytic processes, this author offers several case studies, reviews key clinical pointers for diagnosing longitudinal melanonychia and advocates the benefits of the nail matrix shave biopsy in detecting subungual melanoma.

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Physicians warming to Affordable Care Act

October 21, 2014

After much initial backlash to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), physicians are beginning to rate the law and some of its components more favorably, according to a new survey from the Medicus Firm physician search consultancy. Most significantly, the number of physicians giving the ACA a failing grade (F) overall fell from 30.2 percent in 2013 to 22.35 percent this year.

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Exploring new options for physicians and patients

October 21, 2014

This issue of Physicians Practice – EXPLORING NEW OPTIONS – focuses on accepting new practice models that meet the needs of physicians and their patients, according to our Great American Physician Survey, sponsored by Kareo. Check out the issue now and get the full results from this year’s survey of more than 1,300 physicians nationwide!

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Independent impact of gout on the risk of diabetes mellitus among women and men: A population-based, BMI-matched cohort study

October 21, 2014

Evidence on the potential independent impact of gout on the risk of diabetes is limited to a single study of men with a high cardiovascular risk profile.

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Plantar fasciitis stubborn to heal, experts say don’t put off treatment

October 21, 2014

Connie Glen isn’t sure what she did exactly, but in February she started getting unexplained pain in her left heel – and seven months, several practitioners and about $2,000 later, it’s still not entirely healed, though she’s finally seeing some improvement. Glen has plantar fasciitis, a common foot injury that can make walking even short distances an ouch-inducing exercise and one that has derailed many a planned marathon among running enthusiasts.

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