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Meet Bryan Kagan, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
Forensic podiatrist, Bryan B. Kagan, DPM, will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. He is board certified and has a private practice in White Plains, NY, and is an adjunct instructor of Forensic Podiatry at NYCPM. He is also advisor to the NYCPM Forensic Club and is leading a team of students in forensic research. To register for this FREE weekly, and unique, learning experience that will give you additional insights into the profession’s past and future click here.
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Foot pain worsens effects of knee OA
MedPage Today
Foot pain was common among patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) and affected both general measures of health and knee-specific symptoms, Australian researchers found. One in four (25.3 percent) patients with symptomatic knee OA reported pain in one or both feet/ankles on at least half of the days during the previous month, according to Rana S. Hinman, Ph.D., of the University of Melbourne, and colleagues.
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Gait in RA: It's more than joints
MedPage Today
Potentially reversible variables, such as psychosocial factors, joint symptoms, and body composition had more impact on the walking speed of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients than articular characteristics, according to researchers.
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Killer heels could lead to osteoarthritis in knees, warn scientists
The Telegraph
Most women would agree that tottering along in a pair of killer heels can result in sore feet, painful ankles and a bad back. But a new study suggests that wearing high-heels of at least three-and-a-half inches also prematurely ages knee joints and could lead to osteoarthritis.
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Flex-IT Act reintroduced to shorten meaningful use, again
By Scott E. Rupp
The Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (Flex-IT) Act of 2015, a reiteration of a bill introduced in Congress in 2014, has been proposed again this session. According to the statement released by the members of Congress who drafted the bill, H.R. 270 would ensure that healthcare providers receive the flexibility "they need to successfully comply with HHS's meaningful use program." In a nutshell, the Flex-IT Act allows providers the option to choose any three-month quarter for an EHR reporting period to qualify for meaningful use in 2015, as opposed to a full year, as is currently the case.
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When vitamin and nutritional deficiencies cause skin and nail changes
Podiatry Today
Numerous skin and nail changes result from macronutrient and micronutrient deficiency. Macronutrients include carbohydrates, fats and protein whereas micronutrients include vitamins and minerals. In developed countries, vitamin and nutritional deficiencies most commonly result from poverty, restrictive diets, medication, alcoholism and inadequate dietary intake in the ill and elderly. Recognition of skin and nail changes can be an important tool for diagnosing underlying nutritional deficiencies.
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Doctors tap phones to avoid poor mobile EHRs
Government Health IT
Physicians are taking to smartphones nearly universally (96 percent) as the primary device to support clinical communications, while they stay clear of mobile EHR tools, according to a new report. The survey found that 83 percent of doctors said they were frustrated with using the EHR to support clinical communications due to poor EHR interoperability, limited EHR messaging capabilities, and poor usability that makes it difficult to find relevant clinical data.
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Running without pain? Yes, it really is possible.
The Herald-Times
For most beginners, feeling the unfamiliar tightness of your lungs or the newly felt aches in your legs isn’t the most desirable feeling in the world. However, running does not have to be a painful process and it should not be one either. With the proper gear, technique and training, running can become an incredibly invigorating experience.
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3 hidden opportunities within reimbursement challenges
As we've reported previously, challenges abound for physician practices in 2015, particularly from a regulatory and reimbursement standpoint. Areas in which practices will have to work hardest to adapt center largely on the Affordable Care Act, health exchanges and new payment models offered by government and private payers, noted an announcement from JD Supra.
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Predictors of response to physical therapy intervention for plantar heel pain
Foot & Ankle International via PubMed
Age, weight, and duration of symptoms have been associated with a poor response to treatment for plantar heel pain (PHP), but no studies were identified that examined predictors of response to physical therapy intervention. The purpose of this investigation was to examine the influence of age, body mass index (BMI), and symptom duration on treatment response to physical therapy intervention.
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