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#DFCon13: 50 Nations, 50 U.S. States, 3200 delegates, One Goal- Reducing Amputations in Diabetes

March 25, 2013

The Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon) completed this week in Hollywood, California, with some 1000 guests/delegates and nearly 2200 joining live on-line, was the largest ever. Co-founded and chaired by vascular surgeon George Andros of Valley Presbyterian Medial Center and podiatric surgeon, David G

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Wanna see the future? The road to digital health: Body Computing, mHealth and @Zephyranywhere

March 24, 2013

This great story about Leslie Saxon, head of Body Computing also includes discussions with our SALSAmigo Brian Russell of Zephyr.  Enjoy. Cheers, -DGA

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#DFCon13 off to a great start. Here are some photos and Here’s to amputation prevention.

March 21, 2013

A thousand friends from six continents.

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Bias may explain disparity in leg amputations

March 20, 2013

Bias may explain disparity in leg amputations | Reuters : (Reuters Health) – Although differences in cultural preferences, wealth or access to top hospitals are blamed for many healthcare disparities, a new study concludes those are not the main reasons that blacks with poor leg circulation are almost twice as likely to be amputated as whites with the same condition.  “The main take home point of the article is that a large disparity exists between the treatment that white and non-white patients receive, and this disparity appears to go beyond simple differences in insurance status and other variables that are often cited as the cause,” wrote the study’s lead author Dr. Tyler Durazzo, from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, in an email to Reuters Health

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#DFCon2013 Titles Get The Podcast Treatment on Jordan, Jesse, Go! @MaxFunHQ

March 20, 2013

An absolutely hilarious riff on our DFCon13 titles on Jordan, Jesse, Go! Some of this is absolutely NSFW, but I think you can enjoy it nonetheless.

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Structured health care for subjects with diabetic foot ulcers results in a major reduction of amputation rates

March 20, 2013

Structured health care for subjects with diabetic foot ulcers results in a major reduction of amputation rates: This manuscript from Weck and coworkers suggests a 75% reduction in amputation rates and a near four-fold reduction in inpatient mortality by instituting a structured diabetic foot program for people with wounds.

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Smart Sox, Smart Insoles, Smart Bathmats keep people with #Diabetes a step ahead of amputations

March 19, 2013

Smart Sox keep diabetics a step ahead of complications – Tucson News Now : Tucson News Now

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Diabetic foot care ‘failing patients’, warns expert

March 16, 2013

This featuring our SALSAmiga and DFCon Alumna vascular surgeon Stella Vig from Mayday Hospital in London.  By  Stephen Robinson , 14 March 2013 Thousands of patients with diabetes may be suffering amputations each year because NHS foot care services are unaware of high-risk individuals, an expert has said. Diabetic foot checks are taking place in general practice but at-risk patients are often unknown to foot care teams (Photo: Jim Varney/SPL) A quarter of patients undergoing diabetic amputations were previously unknown to local foot care teams, an analysis has found.

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Lifelogging is here? Meet Memoto.

March 14, 2013

Memoto – automatic lifelogging camera : Lifelogging is here? Imagine growing up with a device that grows with you. Like your phone.

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Virtual Healthcare Assistant – Buddying Up Patients with Mobile Tools

March 14, 2013

One licensed physician for every 370 people in the U.S.  Here’s an interesting  article  by Thomas Morrow, talking about the how data analytics tools, voice recognition and new user interfaces can be used to empower patients for their own care. Patient adherence is the biggest culprit in poor outcomes and high costs of healthcare.

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