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Thanks to our manuscript authors!

August 12, 2014

A magazine is only as good as the words that fill its pages, and LER is no exception. As we celebrate our fifth anniversary, we’d like to sincerely thank the many researchers and practitioners who have contributed manuscripts that have met and exceeded our high editorial standards. We couldn’t have done it without every single one of you.

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Loss of sensation in the feet of diabetes patients linked to cardiovascular disease, say researchers

August 12, 2014

Experts have discovered that loss of sensation in the feet, a result of diabetes, may be a predictor of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and strokes. Diabetes, which affects 3.7 million people in the U.K., can cause damage to a person’s blood vessels and nerves, especially if their blood sugar is poorly controlled, leading to poor circulation and loss of sensation in the feet, known as peripheral neuropathy.

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3-D printing poised to reshape medicine

August 12, 2014

As more stories about 3-D printing in medicine emerge, the question shifts from “Is it the next big thing?” to “Has it already arrived?” 3-D printing has quickly evolved from its birth in the manufacturing industry to showing off a number of medical applications, and the radiologists who work regularly with 3-D datasets should take notice.

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The rise and fall of minimalist footwear

July 29, 2014

Once thought by some to be the next big thing in running, minimalist footwear has been scrutinized in recent years by researchers and class-action plaintiffs who claim the shoes do not provide the same benefits as barefoot running and may in fact increase the risk of injury in some runners.

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Pluses and minuses of additive and subtractive approaches

July 22, 2014

Options in subtractive milling materials still outnumber those for additive machines.

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Niagara Custom AFOs

July 22, 2014

Niagara Brace announces a new line of custom thermoplastic ankle foot orthoses (AFOs). These braces are made from a cast or computer scan using 3D imaging and CAD-CAM technology, with a standard height 1.5″ below the fibular head; a white polypropylene shell 3 mm, 4 mm, or 5 mm thick; and a Velcro D-ring calf strap with felt tibial pad.

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Leg Health iPad App

July 22, 2014

Sigvaris introduces a new iPad app for practitioners who advise patients about their leg health. The app helps explain the circulatory system and leg health conditions to patients in an illustrative way that is easy to understand.

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Innowalk Mobility Device

July 22, 2014

Thanks to a new partnership agreement between Ottobock and Norway-based company Made for Movement, Ottobock has exclusive distribution rights in North America for the Innowalk, a motorized medical device that fits patients with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, and muscle disorders. No independent standing or mobility is required to use the Innowalk, and it can be adjusted according to the size, mobility needs, and personal motivation of the user.

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Michigan passes direct PT access law

July 22, 2014

Michigan Gov Rick Snyder signed legislation on July 1 that will allow state residents to go directly to a physical therapist (PT) for evaluation and treatment without physician referral. With the enactment of SB 690, Michigan joins 49 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting some level of direct access to physical therapy. SB 690, which was promoted by the Michigan Chapter of APTA (MPTA) as well as through a direct access grant from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), allows PT visits without physician referral or prescription for up to 21 days or 10 treatment sessions

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Mountain running champ joins Spenco

July 22, 2014

Waco, TX-based Spenco in June signed elite mountain runner Joseph Gray as its newest brand ambassador.

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