Archive: Jul 2012

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish? Stats in UK shows investing in prevention pays in the treatment of the diabetic foot.

July 31, 2012

Thanks to my pals at SALSA for this! UK: Diabetic foot care ‘appalling’: But $1 of investment saved $7.5 in amputation costs (BBC News) BBC News – Diabetic foot care ‘appalling’ by James Gallagher, Health and Science Reporter, BBC News Patients with diabetes are at increased risk of having a foot amputated because of an “appalling” lack of specialist services, according to Diabetes UK. Diabetes can reduce the amount of blood reaching the feet, leading to a loss of sensation, gangrene…

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Get Smarter with Metformin? Researchers at Sick Kids in Toronto show brain growth with exposure.

July 31, 2012

Injured Brains Repaired with Metformin   Metformin might offer a therapy for nervous system damage….  In a recent study, in just 12 days of metformin, the number of new neurons involved with the ability to make new memories increased by about 30%. According to Freda Miller, PhD, of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, in a series of experiments in culture and in animals, the drug promoted the growth of new neurons, and in a classic behavioral test, mice…

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LA's Valley Presbyterian Amputation Prevention Center Saving Diabetic Limbs: Dynamic Duo of Andros and Lee, like Batman and Boy Wonder, fighting the hard fight, and winning.

July 30, 2012

Some amputations preventable, center shows diabetic patients By Herbert A. Sample Special to The Bee Published: Sunday, Jul. 29, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 29, 2012 – 9:57 am VAN NUYS – Ehud Giladi thinks the Amputation Prevention Center saved his life. Giladi, known as “Udi” to friends and family, knew he was in trouble in November 2010 when he summoned his son to help remove a sock from his foot. Giladi is a diabetic…

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Diabetic Lower Limb Amputation Rate High Down Under: New Aussie research demonstrates it's bad everywhere.

July 30, 2012

What are the key conditions associated with lower limb amputations in a major Australian teaching hospital? Peter A Lazzarini, Sharon R O’Rourke, Anthony W Russell, Damien Clark and Suzanne S Kuys For all author emails, please log on. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2012, 5:12 doi:10.1186/1757-1146-5-12 Published: 30 May 2012 Abstract (provisional) Background Lower extremity amputation results in significant global morbidity and mortality. Australia appears to have a paucity of studies investigating lower extremity amputation. The primary aim of this retrospective study was to investigate key conditions associated…

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From the SALSA Team: Limb salvage for most, but survival after poor.

July 28, 2012

The efforts from our  friends at SALSA  shows that with a dedicated,  multidisciplinary team effort we can give our patients good quality-of-life with limb salvage. Now we have to work on improving those variables that shorten their lives. PVM New Long-Term Data from Morbach and SALSA: Limb Salvage Good, Mortality Poor Good Long-Term Limb Salvage for Diabetic Foot Patients Last Updated: July 27, 2012. For patients with diabetic foot ulcers, long-term limb salvage is favorable; however, long-term survival remains poor,…

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Can We Train Our Muscles to Be More Efficient with Less Blood? Automated Remote Ischemic Conditioning might be the answer.

July 24, 2012

AutoRIC Automated Remote Ischemic Conditioning Device Receives CE Approval by WOUTER STOMP on Jul 23, 2012 • 2:17 pm CellAegis has received CE Mark for its autoRIC device, a portable automated solution for remote ischemic conditioning (RIC) at the point of care. Remote ischemic conditioning is a relatively novel concept of protection against ischemia-reperfusion injury that happens in cases such as myocardial infarction. CellAegis’ autoRIC Device has been developed for acute care applications in the ambulance, emergency room and other hospital settings, or for chronic treatment…

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