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June 21, 2017
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Cancer, CVD are top causes of mortality among cancer survivors
Thirty-three percent of cancer survivors died from cardiovascular disease, while 51% died from cancer, according to 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys data presented by Dr. Ronald Schwartz of the University of Rochester Medical Center at an imaging meeting. The findings should prompt inclusion of patient-centered cardio-oncology using nuclear cardiology and radionuclide studies as well as PET/CT in comprehensive cancer care, experts said.
DOTMed (6/20) 
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Vaccine reduces bad cholesterol in mice, paving way for human trials
Vaccine reduces bad cholesterol in mice, paving way for human trials
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An experimental vaccine triggered the activity of immune system antibodies in mice that target the PCSK9 enzyme and reduced low-density lipoprotein levels as well as biomarkers of vascular inflammation, and human trials are underway. Several doses of the vaccine were administered, and the effects were long-lasting in mice, the researchers reported in the European Heart Journal.
HealthDay News (6/20),  BBC (6/20) 
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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Starting a Cardiac PET Program & Clinical Cardiac PET — Basics to Advanced Applications. For cardiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, radiology technicians, administrators. Through an educational grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc. Learn More.
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Report finds 3.3% of Americans use smokeless tobacco
Nearly 9 million, or 3.3%, of US youths ages 12 and older said they used smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco or snuff during the previous month, while about 1 million tried smokeless tobacco for the first time during the previous year, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, based on an analysis of data from 2002 to 2014. The findings also showed that a nearly threefold higher prevalence of smokeless tobacco use among those ages 18 to 26, compared with preteens and teens.
HealthDay News (6/15) 
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Autologous stem cell therapy for heart failure may do more harm than good
Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel found that autologous stem cell therapy is not only an ineffective way of treating heart failure in mice, but stem cells derived from damaged heart tissue could develop inflammatory properties that may worsen heart damage. The study, published in the journal Circulation, did find, however, that deleting the TLR4 gene, which causes the stem cells to develop inflammatory properties, could restore the stem cells back to a reparative state.
Medical News Today (6/16) 
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Regulatory & Policy
Draft of health care bill coming Thursday, McConnell says
Draft of health care bill coming Thursday, senators say
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said a discussion draft of the chamber's health care legislation will be released Thursday, and it will be brought to the floor "likely next week," once the Congressional Budget Office completes its cost and impact assessment. Senators and aides have described a bill that looks a lot like the American Health Care Act with some key changes, and it remains unclear whether Republicans will get the 50 votes needed to pass it.
Reuters (6/21),  National Public Radio (6/20),  The Hill (6/20) 
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MedPAC report suggests MIPS may not help patients, clinicians
A Medicare Payment Advisory Commission report said commissioners are looking at revising the Quality Payment Program because its Merit-based Incentive Payment System may not help people choose a clinician or help practitioners change their practices to improve value. MedPAC also made recommendations on ways to improve the Medicare Part B drug program.
MedPage Today (free registration) (6/16) 
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2016 winner explains why YOU should take the Choosing Wisely® Challenge
Last year, ASNC launched its Nuclear Cardiology Choosing Wisely® Challenge and received a number of submissions. The winning proposal was An Outpatient Pathway for Chest Pain Visits to the Emergency Department Reduces Length of Stay, Radiation Exposure and Is Patient-Centered, Safe and Cost-Effective, submitted by Felix Krainski, MD, Besiana Liti, DO, and William Lane Duvall, MD, FASNC. First prize -- $3,000; second prize -- $2,500; third prize -- $1,000. In this video, Dr. Krainski explains the importance of this campaign and why you should participate.
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Call for volunteers: Get involved in the society -- volunteer to serve on an ASNC committee or panel!
Apply to one of the committees or panels described here. Applications for committee membership must be received by Oct. 1, 2017.
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