Diabetic foot ulcers: a silent killer of veterans – STAT @APMA @VascularSVS @AmDiabetesAssn

This in honor of Veterans Day in STAT. By David G. Armstrong Veterans who survive the horrors of war or the other dangers of military service often die years later from a silent but deadly scourge: diabetic foot ulcers, open sores or lesions that typically start on the bottom of the foot. Click here for […]

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David G. Armstrong becomes first podiatric surgeon to keynote Balgrist symposium in Zurich @KeckMedUSC @USC @APMA

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 (USC) became the first podiatric surgeon invited to keynote the 8th Balgrist Symposium on the Diabetic Foot. Armstrong was the only external invited speaker. His lecture spanned the history […]

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Bacterial Diversity of Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Current Status and Future Prospectives @Macquarie_Uni @KeckMedUSC @USC #DiabeticFoot #ActAgainstAmputation

Here’s a transpacific effort anchored at Macquarie with a SALSA @USC assist that works to outline the current state of play in assessing the microbial environment in diabetic foot ulcers. Enjoy. Abstract: Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) and diabetic foot infections (DFIs) are associated with reduced patient quality of life, lower-extremity amputation, hospitalization, and high morbidity […]

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A tale of two cities: Reduction in Diabetes-Related Major Amputation Rates After Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Model: An Evaluation in Alberta, Canada #ActAgainstAmputation #DiabeticFoot @apma #ToeFlowandGo

Important work from the University of Calgary . In summary: Two cities of similar size and demographics in the same health coverage region are compared. One gets a university-hospital-based limb preservation system . The other doesn’t. Here are your data. BACKGROUND: Lower limb amputations (LLAs) are a major debilitating complication of diabetes. The toe and […]

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Can topical statins improve healing?

The always active, always clever lab of Marjana Tomic-Canic and coworkers have yet another strong addition to the literature in JCI insight. Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are a life-threatening disease that often result in lower limb amputations and a shortened lifespan. Current treatment options are limited and often not efficacious, raising the need for new […]

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Is Faster Better? Effects of walking speeds and durations on plantar skin blood flow responses in people WITHOUT diabetes

Interesting and potentially important work from Wu and coworkers showing that, for people without diabetes, increased speed increases blood flow. Their next goal: the same study in people WITH diabetes Effects of walking speeds and durations on plantar skin blood flow responses Background: Various walking speeds and durations in daily life cause different levels of […]

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Geographic variation in amputation rates among patients with diabetes and/or peripheral arterial disease in the rural state of West Virginia identifies areas for improved care @samanthaminc

Important work from the pride of Morgantown and Montreal, Dr. Samantha Minc. Geographic variation in amputation rates among patients with diabetes and/or peripheral arterial disease in the rural state of West Virginia identifies areas for improved care ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Type of Research: Retrospective analysis of the West Virginia Healthcare Authority State Inpatient Database (2011-2016) Key […]

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A systematic review of multidisciplinary teams to reduce major amputations for patients with diabetic foot ulcers @vascularsvs #ToeFlowandGo #ActAgainstAmputation

In short teamwork works, worldwide. Congratulations to Musuuza and coworkers for this important work published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery The opening line of this manuscript summarizes the dire need for teams like few others I’ve read: “Nearly 2 million Americans develop a diabetic foot ulcer each year; within 5 years of ulceration, 5% […]

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Tech That Helps With Diabetic Ulcers – A “Progressive” Message from Insurance Thought Leadership

This message from Dr. Michael Shaw – a biochemist and public health advocate (with diabetes) just penned this most progressive post on the Insurance Thought Leadership blog. Can we make common-sense remote patient monitoring (RPM) treatment / prevention pay? We have got to try

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