mastectomy-breast-formBra Ladies? Not on Your Life!

By Rhonda F. Turner, PhD, JD, BOCPO

One in eight.

By now, that statistic is all too familiar: according to the 2009 American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop breast cancer. However, through a battery of treatments, including various types of surgical mastectomy, targeted chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted biotherapy, radiation, and customized nutrition, 89 percent of the 200,000 women and 77 percent of the 2,000 men diagnosed this year with breast cancer will call themselves survivors. And as the survival rate steadily rises, the need for post-breast-cancer and post-mastectomy products, treatments, and services become increasingly necessary to enhance quality of survivorship and of life.

dr-scholl-kioskDoctors not gellin' with custom orthotics claims from makers of Dr. Scholl's inserts

A group of podiatrists is not gelling with advertising claims made by the makers of over-the-counter foot care brand Dr. Scholl's over just how "custom" is the fit of the brand's retail orthotic inserts.

Podiatrist Lowell Scott Weil and Des Plaines-based Weil Foot and Ankle Institute LLC, which employs 17 podiatrists, filed a class action lawsuit Dec. 22 in Chicago federal court against Dr. Scholl's parent company, Bayer AG, and its subsidiaries Bayer HealthCare LLC and Bayer Consumer Care LLC, as well as Dr. Scholl's former parent Merck & Co. Inc. and MSD Consumer Care Inc., charging the companies with false advertising and unfair competition in the marketing of Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic inserts.

The podiatrists argue that the very name of the product is false and misleading. Using definitions from Merriam Webster and from the American Podiatric Medical Association, the lawsuit defines "orthotic" as a medical term and notes that Illinois law requires anyone prescribing orthotic devices be licensed by the state. Prescription orthotic devices are made custom for each individual patient to address that patient's unique foot, ankle and leg structure, the lawsuit stated.

ABILITY Prosthetics and Orthotics Satisfied Patient

Patient "TC", talking about his new prosthetic leg from ABILITY Prosthetics and Orthotics.

youth-prosthetic-camp-patientThe Amputee Coalition's Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp is Accepting Applications

The Amputee Coalition is accepting applications for the 2016 Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, to be held July 8-13 at Camp Joy, Clarksville, Ohio. The camp is open to children ten to 17 years old who are living with limb loss. The application deadline is March 18.

All campers' expenses, including travel, are paid through the Amputee Coalition's fundraising efforts. The camp offers activities where campers are challenged to increase independence, test themselves, and build new friendships in a supportive, caring environment.

Applications for campers and counselors can be found on the Amputee Coalition's website.

Another Happy Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics Patient

"Both Orthotic professionals are very helpful, pleasant, and knowledgeable. The office ladies are very pleasant, fun, helpful and efficient. I was referred by Renown Wound Clinic after a bone infection treatment. My care at Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics was excellent. Thank you. "
- Orthotic Brace Patient

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