@USC Podiatric Surgeon First to Be Named to National Panel to Develop Patient-Oriented Measures for People with Peripheral Artery Disease @KeckMedUSC

David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California was named to a blue-ribbon panel designed to develop patient-oriented measures in people with peripheral artery disease. The panel, which convened this week outside of Washington, DC, consisted of […]

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@USC Prof. David G. Armstrong gives inaugural Copeland-Meier Surgery Professorship and Lecture at 200th Anniversary year of University of Cincinnati

David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California served as inaugural Copeland-Meier Visiting Professor of Surgery and Lecturer at the University of Cincinnati this week. Armstrong was honored for his work in amputation prevention, worldwide. “We can’t […]

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Examining diabetic heel ulcers through an ecological lens: microbial community dynamics associated with healing and infection

Great work from our SALSAmigos in Nottingham. In summary: diversity is good. Single bug dominance is bad. Purpose. While some micro-organisms, such as Staphylococcus aureus, are clearly implicated in causing tissue damage in diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), our knowledge of the contribution of the entire microbiome to clinical outcomes is limited. We profiled the microbiome […]

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Team from tech, prosthetics and @KeckMedUSC become first to win Innovation Award for “Smart Boot” @CES

A trio of experts from tech, prosthetics and academic medicine were acknowledged with an Innovation Award at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (#CES2019) in Las Vegas Nevada this week for their work in developing a “Smart Boot” to heal diabetic wounds. “It is a great privilege to be given this award for the SBi Motus […]

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Will we be speaking sign language to our computers in the Operating Room?

Many years ago, our team at SALSA@USC began working with gesture-based computing to manipulate images in the operating room. We used an early version of the Leap Controller. It now looks like our friends and colleagues at Google are turning things up to 11! See this article in Engadget.

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Development of MyFootCare: A smartphone application to actively engage people in their diabetic foot ulcer self-care

Terrific work from our SALSAmigos Jaap van Netten, Pete Lazzarini and coworkers. Background: New strategies are needed to engage people in the self-care of their diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). We aimed to develop and evaluate the usability and usefulness of a new smartphone application to engage people with DFUs in self-care. Methods: We developed “MyFootCare”, […]

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Encouraging reduction of activity amongst patients with diabetic foot ulcers.

Promising work from our Darbyshire SALSAmigos. • Source: Wounds UK . Jul2018, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p34-39. 5p. • Author(s): GRAY, KATIE; GAME, FRANCES; PINNINGTON, LORRAINE • Abstract: Background: Recommendations published by the international working group of the diabetic foot (2015) advise that patients should limit standing and walking to facilitate optimal wound healing. Aims: […]

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Deep vein arterialization for no option limb salvage: a preliminary report @diabeticfoot1 #CLTI

A hybrid approach that represents intriguing and potentially important work from our long-time friends from Milano and Bergamo. Abstract PURPOSE: To describe a preliminary experience in treating no-option critical limb ischemia (CLI) patients with a hybrid foot vein arterialization (HFVA) technique combining open plus endovascular approaches. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between May 2016 and January 2018, […]

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Resurgence of Diabetes-Related Nontraumatic Lower Extremity Amputation in the Young and Middle-Aged Adult U.S. Population

We are grateful to Linda Geiss and her coworkers at CDC for their always intriguing efforts at revealing the big picture to us. These data– which certainly aren’t welcome news– are supremely important. Do they signal what we’ve posited for some time? Did the increase in the “denominator” of people with diabetes in the mid-1990s […]

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