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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

May 2016

Bauerfeind teams up with Mavs’ Nowitzki

Tampa, FL-based Bauerfeind USA in April hosted healthcare professionals and business partners in Dallas for a two-day event featuring Dirk Nowitzki, star forward for the Dallas Mavericks and Bauerfeind global brand ambassador. Continue reading

April 2016

Lakers celebrate Vitti, retiring head AT

The Los Angeles Lakers honored retiring head athletic trainer Gary Vitti, MS, ATC, during the first quarter of the Lakers’ April 3 home game against the Boston Celtics. Vitti, who will retire from his full-time role this summer, has been with the Lakers for 32 seasons and is the longest-tenured trainer in… Continue reading

April 2016

Reichel forms sales rep group Medlutions

Patrick Reichel, a podiatry-focused medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical brand management expert, announced in March that he has formed Medlutions, a contract sales representative group and consulting firm for the Midwest region. Continue reading

April 2016

Tekscan updates SportsAT software

Boston-based Tekscan in February released its SportsAT 2.0 for balance assessments. SportsAT, which includes a built-in balance compass to aid in rehabilitation and track prog­ress, helps lower extremity practitioners quickly quantify gait asymme­tries and evaluate rehabilitation pro­gress, and… Continue reading

April 2016

Nike releases three new easy-don shoes

Beaverton, OR-based shoe giant Nike in March released three athletic shoes newly fitted with its Flyease entry system, designed for children and adults with disabilities (See “Nike launches easy-don Flyease high-tops,” August 2015, page 66). Continue reading

April 2016

Radius Health drug cuts fracture risk

Waltham, MA-based Radius Health’s investigational drug abaloparatide-SC (subcutaneous) increases bone mineral density in the spine and hip in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis and may reduce their risk of vertebral and nonvertebral fractures, according to research presented April 1 at Endo 2016, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Boston. Continue reading

April 2016

Foot Management honors LA Rams ATs

Baltimore, MD-based Foot Management hosted the Ed Block Courage Award dinner on March 11 to honor the St. Louis/LA Rams athletic trainers as the Ed Block NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year. Continue reading

April 2016

Patients give custom devices high marks

The Winnipeg-based Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC) on April 11 released results of a patient-centered study showing six weeks of custom foot orthosis wear reduced foot and ankle pain and upped activity levels in most people who wore the devices. Continue reading

April 2016

Ongoing Care OA brace improves gait

Ongoing Care Solutions’ pneumatic unloader brace with extension assist improved various gait parameters in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) compared with standard conservative care, according to a study published in the April issue of The Journal of Knee Surgery. Continue reading

April 2016

15 high schools get $50K each for ATs

The NFL Foundation, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Gatorade, and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) announced on March 14 the winners of the Athletic Trainer Initiative at the seventh-annual Youth Sports Safety Summit, held in Alexandria, VA, and hosted by NATA and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance. Continue reading

April 2016

Amniox allografts help heal DFUs

Atlanta-based Amniox’s umbilical cord and amniotic membrane (UC/AM) wound allograft product helped promote healing in chronic diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), according to findings of a retrospective study presented on March 23 at the Superbones Superwounds East 2016 Conference in Teaneck, NJ. Continue reading

April 2016

BOC wins fifth Stevie award in 4 years

The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) won a bronze Stevie on March 4 at the annual business awards ceremony, held in Las Vegas. Continue reading

April 2016

ACSM debuts translational journal

The Indianapolis, IN-based American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on April 5 epublished the first issue of its new peer-reviewed journal, Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (TJACSM) at… Continue reading

April 2016

Leipzig to host 2016 OTWorld in May

The German Association of Orthopaedic Technology in March announced dates for OTWorld, an international trade show and world congress that this year will focus on 3D printing. Continue reading

April 2016

ASB holds first National Biomechanics Day

The American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) on April 7 had its first National Biomechanics Day,  a nationwide, synchronized event held at labs and other biomechanics facilities around the nation to educate high school students and their teachers about the field. Continue reading

March 2016

DJO brace addresses lateral knee OA

Research on Vista, CA-based DJO Global’s varus unloader brace published in February suggests the device may improve abnormal knee joint mechanics associated with the development and progression of lateral knee osteoarthritis (OA) after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). Continue reading

March 2016

Flexion releases data for new OA injectable

Burlington, MA-based Flexion Therapeutics in February released phase 3 data for its lead product candidate Zilretta, a novel nonopioid injectable for knee osteoarthritis (OA). Continue reading