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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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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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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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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Dr. Breanne Everett speaks on Medical Innovation at TEDxYYC

Posted by Amanda Hehr

Dr. Breanne Everett is the CEO and Cofounder of Orpyx, as well as a Medical Doctor and Resident in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Calgary. Early in her residency, Dr. Everett developed a keen interest in neuroplasticity, the potential for the brain to "rewire itself," and the possibility of developing medical solutions premised on this amazing potential of the human mind. Dr. Everett's clinical experience has given her ample exposure to diabetic patients requiring surgical management of diabetic foot complications. Seeing the burden these complications pose on both patients and the healthcare system, and...
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DIY Healthcare

Posted by Amanda Hehr

Athletes have been doing it for years… Measuring their biometric data in order to improve performance, meet personal goals and help prevent injury. Self-monitoring athletic devices don't negate the need for the professional advice of a coach or therapist, however, they do allow athletes to take a more informed and proactive approach to their sport of choice. One of the biggest trends to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year was 'The Quantified Self'. Consumers are quite simply obsessed with measuring their personal data.  This trend is quickly moving into the medical space, especially since...
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Welcome to Orpyx.com!

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Orpyx came in to existence to help address a huge problem that we in medicine and surgery face on a daily basis—the problem of diabetes and complications of diabetes. My name is Dr. Breanne Everett and I am a resident in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Calgary. We get consulted regularly to help deal with the problem of diabetic foot complications (including ulcers and infection). Many of these problems stem from one of the main complications of diabetes, “peripheral neuropathy” (or, numb feet). With feedback, people are unaware when damage is being done and...
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