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October 17, 2012
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  • Diabetic foot ulcers linked to increased risk of death
    British researchers examined data from eight studies of diabetic patients and found that 34% of those with diabetic foot ulceration died during follow-up, compared to 17% without the complication. The study, published in the journal Diabetologia, also found a higher risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes among DFU patients. The Independent (London) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New strategies emerge to treat PAD
    A supervised exercise program may be at least as effective as common devices used to alleviate walking pain for people suffering from peripheral artery disease, according to a recent NIH study. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic and other medical centers have found success cutting through calcified arterial plaque with a catheter inserted through the foot, followed by care at a lower-extremity wound clinic. An experimental stent with a woven design showed more flexibility and radial strength than conventional stents in a 264-patient study and may be more durable for use in leg arteries. The Wall Street Journal (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Doctors review studies on bioengineered tissues for foot ulcers
    A number of bioengineered alternative tissues are available for treating chronic diabetic foot ulcers, and the correct choice depends on product characteristics and limitations, wound type and depth and associated patient comorbidities, write podiatrists Melissa Skratsky and Stephanie Wu. The authors review and compare studies of different materials and their applications. Podiatry Today magazine (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Medicare voucher plan's impact would vary by region
    Fifty-nine percent of Medicare enrollees would have had to switch to cheaper plans or pay higher premiums if proposals to offer seniors vouchers with which to buy health insurance were in place in 2010, a Kaiser Family Foundation study found. Premiums would increase by less in regions where Medicare costs are low and by more in areas where Medicare costs are higher, such as in Los Angeles and Miami. Kaiser Health News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gearing up for Medicare's open-enrollment period
    Open enrollment for Medicare begins this week, and beneficiaries will see Advantage plan premiums rise about 5%, the number of plan choices increase about 7%, the average basic premiums for drug plans go up about 33 cents and premiums for seven out of the 10 most popular drug plans rise by double-digit percentages. Consumer advocates said beneficiaries should pay attention to premiums, co-pays, deductibles, plan formularies and prior approval restrictions when choosing their plans during open enrollment, which ends Dec. 7. The Lansing State Journal (Mich.)/HealthDay News (10/14), The Wall Street Journal (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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