Japanese Robots Detect Smelly Feet

Kaori-chan may look beautiful with her brown hair and blue eyes… but looks can be deceiving. This particular robot is just straight-up rude! If you speak to her with bad breath, she will say, “No way! I can’t stand it!” — or, worse yet, “There’s an emergency taking place that’s beyond the limit of patience!”

If you think that sounds strange, consider that she has a pet dog who is just as snarky. Shuntaro-kun sniffs out smelly feet, all while playing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in the background. He may cuddle up to you if you have particularly delightful feet — or he may bark, growl and pass out if you greet him with smelly shoes.

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5 Myths About Toenail Fungus

We’ve noticed a lot of myths about toenail fungus circulating around the internet. We’d like to set the record straight.

Myth #1: Only Dirty People Get Toenail Fungus.

At any given time, 14% of Americans are walking around with toenail fungus. While that may not sound like a lot, it actually translates to about 30 million people, and it is estimated that 1 in 4 Americans will require onychomycosis treatment at some point in their lifetimes. The fact of the matter is — even celebrities get toenail fungus.

Below we’ll cover myths two through five…

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FDA Cracks Down On Illegal Diabetic Foot Care Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned 15 companies to reform false advertising claims on diabetes treatment products or face prosecution, according to Gant Daily NewsUnfortunately, many of the products on the market promise much and deliver little. There are many diabetic foot care products that are not FDA-approved, but continue to sell to desperate consumers who want a quick fix for their feet. The FDA has been cracking down on rogue internet pharmacies peddling cheap, unregulated drugs online, says Medical Daily NewsAs of June 2013, more than 1,600 online pharmacies in an organized crime network were shut down.

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Can Ciclopirox Shampoo Help Combat Fungal Infections of the Feet?

Most of us put a lot of thought into the type of shampoo we buy because we want our locks to look as healthy, shiny and maintained as possible. Some people need to go over and beyond the store standards to find special medicated shampoo containing ciclopirox that will help treat their itchy, red, painful scalp dermatitis. Did you know that this shampoo may be used to treat fungal infections of the feet too?

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Famous People Who’ve Had Athlete’s Foot & Fungal Nails

No one likes to admit they were frolicking barefoot in public and fell prey to a disgusting foot fungus! Yet, these conditions are so common that even the most idolized figures in society can contract, so you needn’t feel ashamed. Athlete’s foot affects one in 10 people in North America and toenail fungus is said to affect 14% of Americans. Check out some of the celebrities who have allegedly had tinea pedis or onychomycosis…

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Does UV Light Kill Bacteria?

SteriShoe is a UV shoe sanitizer that uses a germicidal UV lamp to kill up to 99.9% of the harmful microbes lurking within footwear in just 45 minutes. You may be thinking, “Yeah, that sounds like cool technology that The Jetsons would have in their home…. but does it really work?” That’s a legitimate question because we know there are so many products out there that make these fantastical claims, but have no science to back it up. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information out there about UVC light and we have put in the extra time and effort to create a product that has succeeded in both clinical and real-world trials.

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Amniotic Fluid Aids In Diabetic Foot Wound Treatment

KSAT News tells the story of a man named Rocco LoBosco who was told he’d lose part or the whole foot and possibly even his leg after diabetic ulcers covered his little toe. However, Dr. Richard Jacoby of the Scottsdale Neuropathy Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona was able to save the man’s feet and restore feeling to the tissue using amniotic fluid from pregnant donors.

How Does Amniotic Fluid Help Cure Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

“Amniotic fluid seems to meet the criteria to develop new tissue,” said Dr. Jacoby. During the procedure, the amniotic fluid is injected into the nerve during decompression surgery. The stem cells stimulate the injured area with essential nutritional materials and mesenchymal stem cells to prompt aggressive healing. In the same way a laser treatment may stimulate bone healing, the amniotic fluid appears to send a strong message to the body to heal. Of the 16 nerves Dr. Jacoby has experimented on, he has managed to restore sensation in all of them. However, he is careful to clarify that amniotic fluid does not cure diabetic neuropathy altogether, but it can use remaining nerve function to clear up the ulceration.

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According to Dr. Bruce Werber of InMotion Foot & Ankle Specialists, amniotic membrane and fluid has been cryopreserved to be used on anyone at anytime. “We don’t have to have a live birth to collect it, and it can be harvested in very clean, sterile conditions. We inject it in and around the wound, and it enhances the healing,” he said. Recovery started to occur within days of treatment in all 20 of his patients, he notes, and 90 percent of the wounds have closed within the last year.

What Is Decompression Surgery?

Over the past 18 months, amniotic fluid has been used in conjunction with decompression surgery. This type of surgery is nothing new,with the first surgery performed in 1984. During the procedure, the medial, carpal tunnel and ulnar nerves were relieved of pressure by cutting tight tunnels around the nerves to allow for swelling and decrease pressure from surrounding structures. This procedure is considered minimally invasive, as the surgeon uses specialized surgical instruments and makes a very small incision. Dr. Jacoby says he’s done over 3,000 decompression procedures over the past 13 years and has not had even one amputation out of the group.

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Complementary Diabetic Foot Wound Treatments Include Sterilization.

Individuals who have had their feet treated in such a manner certainly do not want to risk the possibility of re-infection in the future. Therefore, it is imperative that these patients check their feet for cuts, blisters and other injuries on a daily basis. It’s also a wise idea to use a UV shoe sanitizer to kill harmful bacteria and fungus that may collect in the shoes and cause a problem later down the road.

Reasons You Should NOT Get Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment

Lasers are used for everything from removing hair to clearing up the appearance of toenail fungus. Generally speaking, we support the use of lasers to clarify a fungus nail. It’s much more effective than the topical solutions out there, which only work eight to 10% of the time. It’s also less invasive than oral medication, which requires liver monitoring and may cause unpleasant side effects like the loss of taste. However, laser toenail fungus treatment isn’t for everyone. Here are some of the reasons why you may decide against it.

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Lamisil Side Effects May Include Permanent Taste Loss

For many patients suffering from toenail fungus, the first course of treatment is to take a prescription of terbinafine under the brand name Lamisil. However, as with all oral medications, side effects can and do occur. Did you know that change in taste or loss of taste is one of the potential risks associated with popularly prescribed oral toenail fungus treatments?

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