Scientists produce medical isotopes using X-rays | US plus transthoracic echo maximizes efficiency of CVC placement, evaluation | Study links mother's BMI, later heart risk for children
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November 19, 2014
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Scientists produce medical isotopes using X-rays
A team of scientists has generated medical isotopes using X-rays, a breakthrough that could help ease worries about supplies of medical isotopes used for diagnostic purposes. Two or three facilities like the one led by Mark de Jong that uses the Canadian Light Source synchrotron could meet all of Canada's need for the isotopes, de Jong says. The Toronto Star/The Canadian Press (11/14)
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US plus transthoracic echo maximizes efficiency of CVC placement, evaluation
Placing and verifying a central venous catheter was faster using bedside ultrasound combined with transthoracic echocardiography compared with ultrasound followed by X-ray verification, according to study results presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians. Average procedure time was 24.1 minutes in the echo confirmation group and 27.7 minutes in the X-ray confirmation group. Average time to line use was 25 minutes in the echo and 53.6 minutes in the conventional placement group. Family Practice News (11/14)
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Study links mother's BMI, later heart risk for children
Adult children of mothers who were overweight or obese had up to a 90% higher risk of dying from heart disease or stroke compared with peers born to mothers who were not overweight or obese, a study indicated. The results were presented at the American Heart Association meeting. DailyRx.com (11/18)
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Uptick in acute aortic dissection seen in flu season
An average of 2.1 patients per month are treated at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for acute aortic dissection when flu is not in season, but the number rises to 3.1 patients per month during flu season -- November through March. The findings were scheduled for discussion at the American Heart Association meeting. Acute aortic dissection requires immediate treatment and caused almost 10,600 deaths in the U.S. in 2009, and it was a contributing factor in more than 17,000 deaths that year, the CDC reports. HealthDay News (11/17)
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Wis. medical college wins $1.8M grant to study risk of heart disease in astronauts
NASA has awarded the Medical College of Wisconsin a $1.8 million grant to investigate the impact that exposure to space radiation may have on astronauts' hearts. "We've seen cardiovascular damage in people on Earth who have been exposed to high levels of radiation," said lead researcher John Baker. "As part of this research, we will conduct ground-based studies to assess the increased risk of developing cardiovascular damage in space." American City Business Journals/Milwaukee (11/13)
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Firms collaborate to build imaging research network in Europe
A number of bioimaging firms are collaborating to develop Euro-BioImaging, an industry panel that will create, among other initiatives, a network of imaging research facilities. BioOptics World (11/14)
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ASNC News
Complimentary webinar series starts Dec. 10: Best Practices in Nuclear Cardiology
ASNC and the International Atomic Energy Agency have collaborated to bring you a series of complimentary webinars designed to provide the best practices in Nuclear Cardiology to cardiologists, radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. This live online educational program will kick off next month with Practical Approach to Patient-Centered Imaging, Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 11:59 p.m. ET. View the whole series and register.
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Become an ASNC 2015 member before the hectic holiday season!
Membership in the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) provides important benefits to support your nuclear cardiology career and the field as a whole. By enrolling prior to January 2015, you'll be able to submit your receipt on your 2014 tax returns if applicable, plus you won't miss an issue of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. Renew or join today!
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