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Relevant gems from the ACSM meeting

May 28, 2015

The 2015 American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting is on this week in San Diego. I always enjoy perusing the abstract book for this meeting as there are usually more than a few gems of relevance to my interests. This year was no exception

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Dr. Bret Ribotsky of Meet the Masters

May 26, 2015

As some of you may have read in PM News , on Wednesday, May 20, Bret Ribotsky, DPM, FACFAOM, of Boca Raton, FL, and a past president of ACFAOM, was severely injured in a boating accident. Ribotsky was aboard a U.S

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A literature-based guide to the conservative and surgical management of the acute Charcot foot and ankle

May 26, 2015

Acute Charcot neuroarthropathy of the foot and ankle presents with the insidious onset of a unilateral acutely edematous, erythematous and warm lower extremity. The acute stages are typically defined as Eichenholtz Stage 1, or Stage 0, which was first described by Shibata et al. in 1990.

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Sildenafil may help heal scleroderma ulcers

May 26, 2015

Sildenafil (Viagra) provided some benefits for digital ulcer healing in patients with systemic sclerosis, although the primary endpoint of a placebo-controlled trial was not met, French researchers reported.

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Study: Injury rates from high-heeled shoes have doubled

May 26, 2015

Americans love wearing high-heeled shoes, and one survey reported that 62 percent of American women wore shoes with a 2-inch or greater heel on a regular basis. Those shoes are taking a toll.

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Treatment outcomes in type 1 diabetes could be improved across all age groups

May 26, 2015

In a sweeping analysis assessing the current state of diabetes treatment in the U.S., T1D Exchange researchers conclude that there remains considerable room for improving treatment outcomes in type 1 diabetes across all age groups, but especially for adolescents and young adults. The analysis provides the most up-to-date picture of diabetes treatment, underscoring the need to address barriers to care and implement new therapies and technologies that can help type 1 patients achieve optimal metabolic control.

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Work-life balance in healthcare: Realign your priorities

May 26, 2015

As a healthcare professional, your work requires you to be there for others, but how can you do that effectively if you haven’t taken care of yourself? Now that you are acutely aware of where your hours go, it’s time to look at what you can do realign your time with your priorities

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6 ways to improve patient satisfaction scores

May 26, 2015

Patient satisfaction is doubly important now that it is a payment metric. Make sure you are doing everything possible to get the top scores you deserve. Large physician practices and hospitals already have a portion of their payments linked to patient satisfaction.

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A new triplanar paradigm for bunion management

May 19, 2015

The most common paradigm in bunion surgery relies on one or more metatarsal osteotomies to correct the 1-2 intermetatarsal angle and soft tissue balancing to align the first metatarsophalangeal joint, sesamoid apparatus and hallux. Additionally, the most common approach to assessing and defining the anatomy in a bunion, and subsequently choosing the corrective procedure or procedures for bunion correction, utilizes commonly accepted measurements, such as the IMA, the hallux abductus angle and the tibial sesamoid position.

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How docs should respond to patients who want to hit ‘record’

May 19, 2015

There are several valid reasons a patient or family member may wish to take an audio recording of a medical visit, but many doctors are uncomfortable with being on the record in this manner. A recent article from the Washington Post discusses both sides of the issue, as well as how physicians can navigate the risks associated with either allowing or not allowing patients to hit “record.”

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