April is Limb Loss Awareness Month!

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

Did you know that every 20 seconds a limb is lost due to diabetes? At Orpyx, we have made it our mission to help change this reality through wearable, sensor-based technologies.  We are excited to see that others are answering the call and striving to improve the livelihoods of people with diabetes.  Last month, at the Global Diabetic Foot Conference (DFCon), Dr. David Armstrong, through his enlightening talk on “Regifting the Gift of Pain: How Modern Technology Can Prevent Neuropathic Ulcers and Amputations”, highlighted the advantages of the wearable technology revolution that is upon us. We are now better equipped...
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Key Steps to Diabetic Foot Health

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

Proper foot care is paramount for people with diabetes.  According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes are far more likely to have a foot or leg amputated in comparison to the non-diabetic populace.  Complications like Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) - decrease in blood flow to the feet and Peripheral Neuropathy - nerve damage in the feet, are major contributors to the development of ulcers and infections that may lead to amputation.  At Orpyx, we know that diabetes can knock you off your feet.  Here's some key steps that you can take to promote happy and healthy diabetic feet....
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World Diabetes Day!

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

Diabetes is one of the most devastating and not-so-quietly growing epidemics of modern society. At Orpyx, we're recognizing World Diabetes Day for a variety of reasons: Today marks the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, one of the primary discoverers of insulin and one of the twentieth century's most celebrated medical heroes..who just so happens to be Canadian! The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is releasing a new IDF Diabetes Atlas with the latest estimates on the global and regional prevalence of diabetes. Millions of people from around the world come together in support of diabetes.  We've launched our SurroSense Rx™ system...
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Validation of Plantar Pressure Measurements for a Novel In-Shoe Plantar Sensory Replacement Unit

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

The Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology recently reported on promising preliminary proof of principle research completed on Orpyx's SurroSense Rx™ (Ferber, et al., 2013). The purpose of this study was to compare the SurroSense Rx™ device to a gold standard pressure sensing device (the Novel "Pedar" Pedobarograph) during walking.   The SurroSense Rx™ is a tool to help actively prevent peripheral neuropathy complications and track progress.  The device provides alert-based feedback derived from analyzing plantar pressure threshold measurements in real time. The results showed good-to-very-good ability of the SurroSense Rx™ to recognize areas where pressure exceeded the reported minimum to...
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Why entrepreneurs must strike a balance between passion and objectivity

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

An excerpt from eMed article by Christina Hernandez Sherwood (Kauffman Foundation) on July 6, 2013  eMed caught up with Dr. Breanne Everett (CEO, Orpyx Medical Technologies) last week at MedCity CONVERGE, a national healthcare innovation summit in Philadelphia.  She shared her insights on approaching heavy hitters, finding employees who will thrive, and striking the balance between passion and objectivity. Reach out to the heavy hitters- Mentorship is key for early-stage companies, Everett said, and it's important to find mentors that complement your skills.  While attending networking events is a great way to meet mentors, she said, Orpyx also found success...
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Neuropathy Awareness Week

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

It’s the ninth annual Neuropathy Awareness Week, an initiative launched by The Neuropathy Association to promote awareness, research, education, support and advocacy for neuropathy and its warning signs.  According to The Neuropathy Association, peripheral neuropathy impacts well over 20 million Americans (at least 1 in 15), making it one of the most coming chronic diseases and a leading cause of adult disability.  Neuropathy disrupts the body’s ability to communicate with its muscles, organs, and tissues.  Symptoms can include numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain.  With early diagnosis, it can often be controlled and quality of life restored.  If ignored, symptoms can intensify to...
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The Cochrane Collaboration Weighs In On Pressure and Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

Foot ulceration is a significant complication associated with diabetes with pressure often playing a pivotal role in wound formation.  These wounds can have devastating complications, with their presence often predicting the need for future amputation.  In fact, every 30 seconds, a limb is lost to diabetes. Amputation presents a significant health risk to patients, and is a major contributor to morbidity.  A recent Cochrane Review further emphasizes the critical role that pressure plays in ulcer formation, and thus, the need for pressure-sensing and alerting devices. This review from the Cochrane Wounds Group focused on examining literature that has studied pressure-relieving...
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Viva Innovation!

Posted by Amanda Hehr

Dr. Everett has just been confirmed as a speaker at the upcoming 2013 Medical Innovations Summit in London, England. The Summit is an annual event hosted by The Royal Society of Medicine, and offers a range of extraordinary presentations with speakers from the UK and overseas. The day-long programme promises to provide a snapshot of amazing medical innovations and advancements taking place all over the globe. A few speakers that caught our attention include a 15 year old Baltimore student who invented a test for pancreatic cancer which is 168 times faster and cheaper than the gold standard in the field,...
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Today is World Diabetes Day!

Posted by Amanda Hehr

What is World Diabetes Day, you may ask? World Diabetes Day marks the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who, along with Drs. Charles Best, John Macleod and James Bertram Collip co-discovered insulin 91 years ago. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. World Diabetes Day became an official United...
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Diabetic Foot Ulcer Prevention: Best Practices

Posted by Amanda Hehr

Dr. Perry Mayer is the principal at The Mayer Institute (TMI) in Hamilton, Ontario. TMI is one of Canada's preeminent Preventative Diabetic Foot Care, Advanced Wound Care and Diabetes Education clinics. Dr. Mayer and his team are strongly committed to advancing technologies and prevention practices in the area of diabetic foot care, and Orpyx is thrilled to have him as a valued member of our Medical and Technical Advisory Board. 

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