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November 2017

AAOS, AJRR create orthopedic database

The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in mid-October announced plans to create a national family of clinical data registries for a broad range of orthopedic conditions and procedures. Continue reading

November 2017

CMS amends custom diabetic insert coding

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have amended a recent coding clarification regarding custom-fabricated diabetic shoe inserts, which two specialty organizations had criticized as being unnecessarily strict and a detriment to advanced technology. Continue reading

November 2017

Noraxon launches biomech data hub

Scottsdale, AZ-based Noraxon USA, a leader in human movement metrics and biomechanics research solutions, in November introduced the Ultium biomechanics research system. Continue reading

November 2017

Foot Science prefab FO reduces injury risk

Contoured prefabricated foot orthoses from Christchurch, New Zealand-based Foot Science International may help reduce the risk of lower extremity injury in naval recruits undergoing basic training, according to research epublished in October by the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Continue reading

November 2017

BOC celebrates expanded office space

The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) staff and Board of Directors showcased an expanded new office location in Owings Mills, MD, to business partners and honored guests at a celebratory open house in October. Continue reading

November 2017

Bacino is Levy and Rappel sales manager

Saddle Brook, NJ-based Levy and Rappel is once again expanding operations and has hired James Bacino, CPed, as regional sales manager, the company announced in October. Continue reading

November 2017

McClain names Langer executive VP

McClain Laboratories, a clinical and research pathology laboratory based in Smithtown, NY, announced in November the appointment of Paul Langer as executive vice president, business development. Continue reading

November 2017

Flexion expands mkt for knee OA injectable

Burlington, MA-based Flexion Therapeutics in mid-November announced the full commercial launch of Zilretta (triamcinolone acetonide extended-release injectable suspension), the company’s new therapy for the management of pain associated with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Continue reading

November 2017

Claris introduces TKA recovery monitor

Vancouver, Canada-based Claris Healthcare announced in November that it is launching Claris Reflex, a new medical device and patient monitoring system to help orthopedic practices across North America monitor patient recovery after total knee replacement. Continue reading

November 2017

GUAES launches gout specialist network

The Pittsburgh, PA-based Gout & Uric Acid Education Society (GUAES) has stepped up to the challenge of helping all patients access faster, better treatment by launching the Gout Specialists Network (GSN), an online physician and medical professional locator and educational resource, the society announced in November. Continue reading

November 2017

Navy, Steadman Clinic partner for research

In a benchmark collaboration between two world-class research centers, the Vail, CO-based Steadman Philippon Research Institute/Steadman Clinic and the Naval Medical Research Unit-San Antonio will work together on sophisticated musculoskeletal research, according to a Steadman-Philippon release. Continue reading

November 2017

Dr. Scholl’s inserts lower peak VLR

Commercially available insoles from Dr. Scholl’s, a division of Wippany, NJ-based Bayer, are associated with reduced vertical loading rates during running in healthy volunteers, according to a study epublished in October by the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. Continue reading

October 2017

Ipsen data show CP spasticity undertreated

A presentation given by Basking Ridge, NJ-based Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals in September at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine in Montreal, Canada, found more than 40% of children with cerebral palsy (CP) receive none of 10 common therapies for the motor disorder. Continue reading

October 2017

Comau, Össur invest in Iuvo exoskeletons

Rekyavik, Iceland-based Össur and Italian automation company Comau in October announced their investment in Iuvo, a wearable technology company headquartered in Pisa, Italy, that’s focused on developing robotic exoskeletons to enhance mobility. Continue reading

October 2017

OrthoPediatrics closes $59.8M IPO

Warsaw, IN-based pediatric surgical system maker OrthoPedia­trics on October 15 announced the closing of its initial public offering of 4.6 million shares of its common stock, including the full exercise by the underwriters of their option to… Continue reading

October 2017

NIH funds $1.3M post-traumatic OA study

The National Institutes of Health in July awarded a $1.3 million grant to an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis mechanical engineer to evaluate a new method of strengthening damaged cartilage and preventing arthritic progression. Continue reading

October 2017

Ottobock acquires Freedom Innovations

Duderstadt, Germany-based Ottobock HealthCare GmbH has acquired Irvine, CA-based Freedom Innovations from its previous owner, private equity company Health Evolution Partners. The two parties signed a confidential purchase agreement on September 22. Continue reading

October 2017

Mueller Sports is WFATT official supplier

Prairie du Sac, WI-based Mueller Sports Medicine in September cemented its relationship with the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT), becoming their official supplier of sports medicine products. Continue reading

October 2017

NSF gives $500K for synthetic muscle work

The National Science Foundation (NSF) in September awarded a University of Houston (UH) engineer $500,000 to develop artificial muscle and tendons for prostheses. Continue reading

October 2017

CMS shelves controversial O&P proposal

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in October withdrew a controversial proposal that would have restricted many physical therapists (PTs) from furnishing custom orthotic and prosthetic devices. Continue reading

October 2017

Footmaxx fits fishmongers with orthoses

Roanoke, VA-based Footmaxx in September partnered with Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market to deliver its custom Voyager orthoses to its fishmongers, who are known for their fish-throwing flair. Continue reading

October 2017

Therafirm adds sizing, pattern options

Kansas City, KS-based Therafirm in September expanded sizing options for its Ease Opaque gradient compression knee highs. Continue reading

October 2017

Dr. Comfort donates shoes to storm victims

Mequon, WI-based Dr. Comfort reported in September its donation of more than 500 pairs of its diabetic shoes to victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma through the American Red Cross and Soles4Souls, a nonprofit based in Nashville, TN. Continue reading

October 2017

BOC offers 3-year pharmacy accreditation

The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) announced in October that it’s accepting applications for a new pharmacy compounding accreditation. Continue reading

October 2017

NWU promotes Fatone to professor

Northwestern University (NWU) in Chicago in September promoted Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), to professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation in the Feinberg School of Medicine. Continue reading