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August 2020

GAITREC: A Data Treasure for Gait Analysis

To facilitate research, therapy, and diagnosis, FH-Prof. Dr. Brian Horsak and his colleagues at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (UAS), Austria, and the Austrian insurance institution AUVA have published one of the biggest data records worldwide on gait analysis. The data include anonymized information on over 2,000 patients after joint transplantations, fractures, and ligament injuries… Continue reading

August 2020

New Approach to Improving Gait of Children with CP

Ben Conner, a third-year MD/PhD student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, is studying a robotic walking therapy for children with cerebral palsy (CP). His research is part of an interdisciplinary team housed at Northern Arizona University’s Biomechatronics Lab, which is led by Zachary Lerner, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Continue reading

August 2020

30 Years Post-ADA, People Who Use Wheelchairs Still Excluded

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law 30 years ago, but the needs of people with mobility disabilities continue to be overlooked and unheard, according to the 2020 Drive for Inclusion Report Card published by BraunAbility, a manufacturer of wheelchair-accessible vehicles and lifts. In their recent survey, only 15% of this population is satisfied with the current effectiveness of ADA laws, and nearly half feel excluded from… Continue reading

August 2020

James Hanna, DPM, Named NYSPMA’s 78th President

The New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) has named James Hanna, DPM, as its 78th president; he was installed July 23 during a Zoom ceremony. Hanna succeeds Daniel B. Keating, DPM. Hanna has been in practice in the Western New York area for over 25 years and has served on the NYSPMA Board of Trustees since 2013; he has held other leadership positions. Continue reading

July 2020

Honda Walking Assist Device Studied in Hemiplegic Stroke Patients, Children with CP

The Honda Walking Assist Device (HWAD) powered exoskeleton consists of a lumbar frame with motors on both sides to transfer force to the legs via thigh frames. This training device supports walking, based on the inverted pendulum model. Honda has been conducting research on the device since 1999. Continue reading

July 2020

SMART KNEE BANDAGE FOR ARTHROSIS PATIENTS

A multidisciplinary team of researchers and industry partners have collaborated on the development of a sensor-equipped prototype smart knee bandage that uses self-learning algorithms to estimate strain. Dubbed “Anthrokinemat,” this smart bandage was designed to support arthrosis patients in determining the right amount of daily exercise. Continue reading

July 2020

SQAIRZ ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH ICONIC GOLFER SIR NICK FALDO

SQAIRZ, Windham, NH, a company whose new line of golf shoes was engineered around a patented square toe and other performance innovations, announced it has entered into a long-term partnership with legendary golfer Sir Nick Faldo. Continue reading

July 2020

NOW AVAILABLE: GUIDELINE FOR PREVENTION, TREATMENT OF PRESSURE ULCERS/INJURIES

The 2019 Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries is now available for purchase. Developed and published by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel, and the… Continue reading

July 2020

CMS TO RESUME PRE- AND POST-PAYMENT AUDITS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has authorized Medicare contractors (eg, DME MACs, RACS, SMRCs, etc.) to once again perform pre-payment and post-payment audits as part of their medical review responsibilities. Continue reading

July 2020

CYCLING CME ROAD BIKE TOUR, ITALY 2021

Cycling CME  will run a 7-day continuing medical education road bike trip June 5-12, 2021, through Italy’s Tuscany region mixing CME, cycling, food, and culture. The base will be at Villa Nonno Fernando, a 19th century stone farmhouse. Continue reading

June 2020

APP HELPS REDUCE OA PAIN

By performing a few simple physical exercises daily and receiving information about their disease regularly, 500 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) were able to, on average, halve their pain in 6 months—and improve their physical function. Continue reading

June 2020

VR SHOWS PROMISE FOR EARLY DETECTION OF MS BALANCE ISSUES

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often have a greatly increased risk of falling and injuring themselves even when they feel they’re able to walk normally. Now a team led by scientists from The University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill School of Medicine has… Continue reading

June 2020

WILLOWWOOD WELCOMES NEW CFO

Prosthetic solution provider WillowWood, Mount Sterling, OH, announced that Craig Higgins is the company’s new chief financial officer. His focus will be on financial planning, operating budgets, and decision support analysis to guide the leadership team with investments and… Continue reading

June 2020

SUBIOMED APPOINTS NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

SubioMed, Bloomington, MN, the inventor/developer of Suspension Biomechanics technology addressing elements of gait and balance, announced that the company’s chief executive officer and co-founder, Patrick Kullman, has also been appointed chairman of its board. Continue reading

June 2020

ÖSSUR ACQUIRES SCANNING, DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

Össur, Foothill Ranch, CA, has purchased the rights to proprietary design and visualization software used in the shape capture, design, and manufacture of orthoses and prostheses (O&P) from Standard Cyborg, San Francisco, CA, a privately held startup company that develops computer vision tools. Continue reading

May 2020

FDA CLEARS EXTERNAL ELECTROSTIMULATION DEVICE FOR PERIPHERAL BLOOD CLOTS

Sky Medical Technology, Daresbury, England, has received US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its geko electrosimulation device, which is designed to stimulate the calf muscles to increase blood flow in the deep veins of the calf, thereby preventing blood clots in at-risk non-surgical patients. Continue reading

May 2020

HERSCO PARTNERS WITH IORTHOTICSUSA IN NEW 3D PRINTING HUB

iOrthoticsUSA, Astoria, NY, announced its launch as a 3D-printing central fabrication hub to supply custom orthotics to orthotic labs. This is a new venture between iOrthotics Australia, a 5-year veteran in 3D printing, and Hersco Ortho Labs, Long Island City, NY, an experienced US manufacturer. Continue reading

May 2020

ALLARD USA PARTNERS WITH FSHD SOCIETY TO EDUCATE ON FOOT DROP MANAGEMENT

Allard USA, Rockaway, NJ, is partnering with the FSHD (Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy) Society. Together they will work to educate the population served by the FSHD Society on how to best manage foot drop, including discussing the use of orthoses. FSHD is a genetic disorder that leads to weakening of the skeletal muscles Continue reading

May 2020

VIRTUAL GAMES HELP PEOPLE STAND, WALK IN REHAB

Virtual reality video games, activity monitors, and handheld computer devices can help people stand as well as walk, the largest trial worldwide into the effects of digital devices in rehabilitation has found. The study was undertaken at hospitals in Sydney and Adelaide, Australia, and had 300 participants ranging from… Continue reading

May 2020

UCONN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEER CREATES SMART BANDAGES TO HEAL CHRONIC WOUNDS

Diabetes-related chronic and non-healing wounds are a leading cause of limb amputation in the United States. Due to the complex nature of these wounds, proper clinical treatment has been limited. Now, for what they say is the first time, faculty in the University of Connecticut (UConn) Biomedical Engineering Department… Continue reading

April 2020

UD Team Receives Funding to Further Develop Smart AFO for Children with CP

The Venture Development Center and Physical Therapy Department at the University of Delaware (UD) have received $50,000 in seed money from the Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium to further develop a motorized ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) called the DE-AFO. The DE-AFO, designed by Ahad Behboodi, PhD, and his team, uses… Continue reading

April 2020

Duke Researchers Engineer Bone Bandage to Accelerate Healing

Researchers at Duke University (Duke) have engineered a bandage that captures and holds a pro-healing molecule at the site of a bone break to accelerate and improve healing. In a proof-of-principle study with mice, the bandage helped to accelerate callus formation and vascularization to achieve better bone repair by 3 weeks. Continue reading

April 2020

Conformis Appoints New CFO and SVP, Operations

Conformis, Billerica, MA, a medical technology company that uses its proprietary iFit Image-to-Implant technology platform to develop, manufacture, and sell patient-specific knee and hip joint replacement implants, announced the appointment of Bob Howe as chief financial officer, and Gary Maingot as Senior Vice President, Operations. Continue reading

April 2020

Foot Solutions Acquired by Private Investor Group

Foot Solutions, Atlanta, GA, announced the acquisition of the business by a group of private investors. John Prothro, an experienced executive and one of the anchor investors, has been appointed CEO and will be leading the company day-to-day. The previous owner and CEO, Ray Margiano, PhD, will be a special advisor to the company leadership. Continue reading

April 2020

Remington Products Acquires Foot Petals

Remington Products, Wadsworth, OH, manufacturer of aftermarket insoles and orthopedic soft goods, has acquired the Foot Petals brand of foot cushions and inserts from RG Barry Corporation, Pickerington, OH. The acquisition will allow the companies to merge their complementary strengths and collective resources. Continue reading