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January 2021

Artificial Intelligence and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted healthcare around the world. The need for solutions today—for better predictive models, better diagnostics, more and better treatments—is driving the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) as a necessary… Continue reading

January 2021

Melatonin to Treat COVID-19?

According to an AI platform developed by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute, the hormone that helps regulate sleep—melatonin—may be a novel treatment for COVID-19. Continue reading

January 2021

“Smelling” COVID-19

A simple test—akin to the well-known breathalyser to detect blood alcohol—may be able to “smell” COVID-19 according to Indonesian researchers. Using AI in the form of an electronic nose, the GeNose C-19 device is able to identify elements that are unique to COVID-19. Continue reading

January 2021

Snowblower Injuries From 2003 – 2018

Power snow blowers allow for easier, quicker snow removal at homes and businesses. However, they are potentially dangerous and can result in significant injury. Most studies of snowblower injuries discuss those sustained when placing the hand into the chute, resulting in… Continue reading

January 2021

Corrective Insoles Improve Leg Muscle Activation

Rice farming is conducted in slippery and viscous muddy soil, which leads to a high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders and malalignments. Over half of Thailand’s farm labor force is engaged in rice farming, making these occupational challenges a public health burden. Continue reading

January 2021

Disparities Persist in Amputations for Critical Limb Ischemia

Critical limb ischemia (or chronic limb threatening ischemia, CLI) is a state of arterial insufficiency manifested by chronic inadequate tissue perfusion at rest, reducing patients’ quality of life and increasing the risk for amputation and death. Continue reading

January 2021

Skiing-Related Injuries: Who, What, How, When, And a Bit of Prevention 

More popular than ever, skiing remains a complex sport with a high risk of injury. Here we detail some of the pertinent data. Skiing, a sport that has been around since Cro-Magnon man, is among the most popular winter sports in the United States. There were nearly 15 million skiers in the US in 2017 alone.

By Janice T. Radak Continue reading

January 2021

Sleep Series Part I: Basics of Sleep and Its Role with Injury

Sleep – that magical state where our bodies recuperate, our minds rejuvenate, and we are free of the everyday stresses of the world – is a necessary physiological process that all humans require. This article is the first of a series that will explore the need for sleep and its many restorative benefits.

By Jeremy R. Hawkins, PhD, LAT, ATC; Michael Reeder, DO; and Alli Powell, DAT, LAT, ATC Continue reading

January 2021

Wound Care Update: A Case of a Misdiagnosed Neoplastic Wound of The Foot

Neoplasm should be high on the differential diagnosis list when evaluating patients with chronic, non-healing wounds. Over the past 40 years, skin cancer incidence has been on the rise, growing on average 4-8% annually.1 Due to this increasing commonality of skin cancers, wound care providers are likely to frequently encounter these malignancies over the course of their clinical practice.

By Windy Cole, DPM, CWSP Continue reading

January 2021

Patient Guidance: Stay Active to Reduce the Risk of Falling: 5 Exercises to Keep You Fit

As people age, the risk of falling increases and so does the fear of having a fall-related accident. Indeed, some estimate that more than one-third of adults over age 65 fall every year. Part of that fear prevents many from engaging in physical activities. Rather than avoiding an active lifestyle, there are strategic, smart ways to stay active while decreasing the chance of falling.

By Detric Smith Continue reading

January 2021

Patient Guidance: One Thing You Can Do to Ski Better

Many would argue that the key to great skiing is understanding how to properly apply pressure to the edge of your skis. Since your feet are connected to those skis, this task falls to them. Ski boots have the critical job of communicating your thoughts to your skis, keeping your feet warm and comfortable, and helping you perform better on the slopes.

By Mark Paigen Continue reading

January 2021

Smart Sock v2.0 and Sensoria Core Pair

Sensoria Smart Socks are infused with proprietary textile pressure sensors at the plantar area of the foot.  Paired with a Bluetooth Smart detachable Sensoria Core, these sensors provide metrics to help improve running performance while decreasing the likelihood of injury, including foot landing technique… Continue reading

January 2021

Machine Learning Detects Early Signs of OA

A research team led by Shinjini Kundu, MD, PhD, of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and Gustavo Rohde, PhD, of the University of Virginia, investigated whether artificial intelligence could be used to analyze MRI images for… Continue reading

January 2021

OPTP FitGlide by Bob and Brad

The FitGlide by Bob and Brad is an easy-to-use tool for exercise and rehabilitation of the lower extremities. Created by physical therapists Bob Schrupp, PT, MA, and Brad Heineck, PT, CSCS, the FitGlide was designed for patients recovering from knee replacement or surgeries (ACL, PCL), hip replacement or… Continue reading

January 2021

Zamst ZK-X Knee Brace

The ZK-X from Zamst is a performance-driven, extra-strong knee brace that is indicated for use for moderate to severe sprains of the ACL, MCL, and LCL, as well as for preventive measures. The brace has a semi-open design for fit and slipping prevention. Continue reading

January 2021

Wearable, Portable Invention for Treating Antibiotic-Resistant Wounds

Ozone therapy is a gas phase antimicrobial treatment option that is being used by a growing number of patients in the United States for treating antibiotic-resistant wounds and infections. In most cases, the ozone treatments require patients to travel to a clinical setting for treatment by trained technicians. Continue reading

January 2021

Protonics T2 Left-Leg Exoskeleton for Muscle Imbalance

The Protonics T2 intelligent exoskeleton is designed to be used on a person’s left leg to minimize right-side dominance, prevent muscle tightness and pain, and promote a balanced biomechanical state. The system uses the Protonics resistance approach, state-of-the-art sensors, wireless communication… Continue reading

January 2021

A Quieter, More Energy-Efficient Prosthetic Leg

A new robotic prosthetic leg prototype offers a more natural gait while also being quieter and more energy efficient than other designs. The key is the use of new small and powerful motors, originally designed for a robotic arm on the International Space Station. Continue reading

January 2021

Next Science, 3M Donate Wound Treatment Product to Jacksonville-Area Charity

Medical technology company Next Science, Jacksonville, FL, has donated $300,000 worth of BlastX™ Antimicrobial Wound Gel to The Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation in Ponte Vedra, FL, an organization that assists people with diabetes. Continue reading

January 2021

VKTRY Silver Series

VKTRY Gear has launched the VKTRY Silver Series, a cost-efficient and highly effective version of its original carbon fiber insoles, the Gold VKs. The Silver VKs were designed for casual but competitive consumers of all ages who have a desire for performance improvement, injury protection, and comfort. Continue reading

January 2021

FDA Approves Implant System for Transfemoral Amputees

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Osseoanchored Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) Implant System, the first implant system marketed in the U.S. for adults who have transfemoral amputation and who have or are anticipated to have rehabilitation problems with… Continue reading

January 2021

Plate for Pediatric Limb Lengthening, Reconstruction Procedures

NuVasive has introduced the Precice plate system, for use in limb-lengthening and reconstruction procedures for pediatrics or patients with small anatomy who cannot accommodate a lengthening device that is traditionally implanted within the patient’s bone. Continue reading

January 2021

AI and Robotic Rehab System to Predict, Prevent Falls

Movendo Technology’s Silver Index is an artificial intelligence–based algorithm that predicts the risk of falls in adults age 65 and older. The Silver Index takes 30-minutes to administer and is shown to be 95% accurate. Its machine-learning algorithms can analyze 130 biomechanical and clinical parameters with… Continue reading

January 2021

Skineez Healing Compression Socks

Skineez Skin-Reparative Healing Compression Socks are the only 20–30 mmHg, firm gradient compression, hydrating socks on the market. This patented product is infused with 5 key healthy ingredients that deliver 24-hour hydration and repair the skin. Continue reading

May 2021

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