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June 2016

EULAR-presented ArthritisPower data 
detail patient research, education priorities

Investigators involved in the CreakyJoints patient education initiative on June 10 presented preliminary results stemming from the ArthritisPower research registry at the 2016 Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) in London, UK. 

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June 2016

Arcopédico notes 50 years, study results

Sparks, NV-based Arcopédico USA, the only US distributor of Portuguese-made comfort and travel footwear, celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 4 by announcing results of its shoe comfort research.

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June 2016

ACFAS offers summer footcare help

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) in May released two new infographics for patients on summer foot issues.

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June 2016

Ottobock study, RCT support use of its
C-Brace in paresis, Patella Pro in PFPS

Ottobock in May reported results of studies involving two of the Duderstadt, Germany-based company’s devices.

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June 2016

AOPA announces Thranhardt nominees

The Alexandria, VA-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on May 23 announced the contenders for its 2016 Thranhardt Award. They are Beatrice Janka, MPO, CPO; Gordon Stevens, CPO, LPO; Kenton Kaufman, PhD, PE; and Lauren White, PT, DPT, PCS. The nominees will present their research at the 2016 AOPA National Assembly in September in Boston.

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June 2016

ACSM, AMSSM award $20K research grant

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) on May 26 awarded the $20,000 2016 ACSM-AMSSM Clinical Research Grant to Alison Brooks, MD, MPH, and her coinvestigator David Bell, PhD, ATC.

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June 2016

AAOS releases patient education apps

The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in June introduced apps that help physicians explain musculoskeletal problems and procedures to patients.

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June 2016

Cryos Tech unveils new 3D foot scanner

Joliette, Canada-based Cryos Technologies on May 26 premiered a new 3D foot scanning system for podiatrists at the FIP (Federation Internationale des Podologues) World Congress of Podiatry in Montreal.

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June 2016

Spenco backs ultra-distance run for cancer

Waco, TX-based Spenco Medical reported on June 4 that ultra-distance runner Roy Weigand completed a 131-mile trek in Burbank, CA, in about 27 hours to raise funds to help support families of children with cancer.

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June 2016

Hanger reports internal audit results to SEC

Birmingham, AL-based Hanger on June 7 filed an 8-K form with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting the results of an internal investigation. The form, which companies must file to announce major events that shareholders should know about, details the recent findings of Hanger’s internal audit committee.

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June 2016

Steampunk offers 3D printing classes

Catoosa, OK-based Steampunk Bionics Academy in May announced four new class offerings on 3D printing: an introductory course called 3D Printing in Healthcare, as well as three practice-specific courses in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Foot Orthotics, which cover scanning, design, and 3D printing of devices.

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June 2016

AOSSM warns on early sport specialization

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) in April epublished a consensus statement concluding there is no evidence that young children will benefit from early sport specialization in the majority of sports, and that they are subject to overuse injury and burnout from concentrated activity.

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June 2016

Sigvaris buys BiaCare to build product line

Winterthur, Switzerland-based Sigvaris announced April 29 that it has completed a definitive agreement to purchase BiaCare, located in Zeeland, MI. BiaCare designs and produces short stretch wraps, compression… Continue reading

May 2016

AOPA continues to fight amputee coverage limitations at policy forum

The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on May 2 wrapped up its 2016 Policy Forum with its first-ever O&P Legislation-writing Congress. Continue reading

May 2016

IOF evaluates osteoporosis medications

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Fracture Working Group in April published its conclusions on the effect of osteoporosis medications on fracture healing. Continue reading

May 2016

BOC to drop O&P, pedorthic certifications

The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC)’s Board of Directors in May approved a plan to sunset the acceptance of new applications for its orthotist (BOCO), prosthetist (BOCP), and pedorthist (BOCPD) certifications. Continue reading

May 2016

Homisak joins OHI central casting

Hauppauge, NY-based OHI on May 3 announced the appointment of Lynn Homisak, PRT, CHC, as central casting program consultant for the company’s on-demand pedorthic service. Continue reading

May 2016

Nolaro24 continues live web series

Middlebury, CT-based Nolaro24 in May announced dates for its upcoming live webinar series on biomechanics. The six new webinars, which the ABC (American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, & Pedorthics)… Continue reading

May 2016

ING gives $60K to fund RMPI tuition

The Elwood, IN-based Robert M. Palmer, MD, Institute of Biomechanics (RMPI) reported that OrthoSleeve brand maker ING Source has committed to a second year of scholarship support for students of the nonprofit institute. Continue reading

May 2016

Book focuses on pain biomechanics

Stuart Goldman, DPM, a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon who practices at Help for Your Feet in Owing Mills, MD, recently published his book, Walking Well Again: Neutralize the Hidden Causes of Pain. Continue reading

May 2016

Össur’s new hip OA brace reduces pain

Results from a small study of Reykjavik, Iceland-based Össur’s new Hip Unloader brace published in April showed nine of the 14 participants with unilateral symptomatic hip osteoarthritis (OA) reported an immediate reduction in pain with application of the device. Continue reading

May 2016

Diabetes drug Invokana under scrutiny

Beerse, Belgium-based Janssen Pharmaceutical’s top-selling diabetes drug Invokana (canagli­flozin) continued to come under scrutiny in April and May with new lawsuits filed, along with questioning from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) about serious potential adverse effects. Continue reading

May 2016

Freedom Innovations taps new CEO

Freedom Innovation’s Board of Directors on April 26 named David A. Smith chair and CEO of the Irvine, CA-based company. Continue reading

May 2016

JAS acquires Empi Advance ROM line

Effingham, IL-based Joint Active Systems (JAS) reported on May 3 that it has acquired the Empi Advance ROM line of dynamic braces from Empi, a subsidiary of San Diego-based DJO Global. JAS plans to reintroduce the Empi Advance ROM line by July. Continue reading

May 2016

Vorum, Nia join for 3D-printed devices

Vancouver, Canada-based CAD-CAM software company Vorum in May announced a partnership with Nia Technologies to deliver 3D-printed orthotics and prosthetics to children in developing countries. Continue reading