Study lends support to dynamic cardiac SPECT | Kidney stones tied to greater cardiovascular risk, analysis finds | Prediabetes tied to overall increased risk for cancer
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September 9, 2014
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Study lends support to dynamic cardiac SPECT
Measuring myocardial blood flow and myocardial flow reserve at rest and at stress using multipinhole-dedicated cardiac SPECT with common perfusion imaging agents is feasible, according to data from an animal study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The researchers argue the approach is suitable for human studies, provided its clinical utility is validated. (9/8)
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Kidney stones tied to greater cardiovascular risk, analysis finds
An analysis of data from six cohort studies showed patients with kidney stones had a greater risk of developing stroke and coronary heart disease compared with those with no kidney stone history. The link between kidney stones and cardiovascular disease was more pronounced among women than men, according to the study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/8)
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Prediabetes tied to overall increased risk for cancer
A meta-analysis in Diabetologia found a link between prediabetes and higher odds of developing cancer. "Lifestyle intervention (weight control, stop smoking and healthy diet, etc.) should be suggested earlier and recommended as the mainstay of treatment for prediabetes in the general population," said researcher Dr. Yuli Huang, who also said data on the effects of treatment with metformin are needed. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (9/8)
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Industry Report
UltraSPECT inks software deal with Absolute Imaging Solutions
UltraSPECT and Absolute Imaging Solutions have extended their nuclear medicine agreement by pairing UltraSPECT's Xpress3.Cardiac software for nuclear medicine image reconstruction with the Mediso cardiac SPECT gamma camera from AIS. The software allows for lower radiation dose while maintaining image quality. (free registration) (9/8)
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Japanese firm unveils 2 advanced imaging monitors
Japan-based Totoku has introduced the CCL210 and CCL242 monitors, the latest additions to its i2 product line. The 2.0- and 2.3-megapixel medical displays, which work with angiography evaluations and CT and PET/CT scans, come with backlight sensors to promote image stabilization, among other features. (free registration) (9/5)
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News from the Field
U.S. hospitalist employment increases, report finds
Data from the Society of Hospital Medicine's 2014 State of Hospital Medicine Report showed 65.5% of responding hospital medicine groups employed physician assistants and nurse practitioners, an increase from 53.9% in 2012. Researchers also noted an increase in hiring nocturnists and family medicine physicians. (9/8)
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Recalls of medical devices declined dramatically in Q2, report says
A Stericycle report found that during the second quarter, the industry saw 275 medical device recalls affecting 148 firms, the lowest such number recorded since the second quarter of 2012. The number of individual units pulled during recalls in the second quarter also was down 47% compared with the same period in 2013. The findings were based on data from regulatory agencies, including the FDA. (Boston) (9/5)
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Health Policy
CMS to host call on averting pay cuts related to quality programs
The CMS will conduct a call to inform eligible professionals and group practices of ways to avoid negative payment adjustments under the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System, meet EHR Incentive Program quality measures and prevent pay cuts under the 2016 Value-Based Modifier program. The call will be held Sept. 17. Health Industry Washington Watch blog (9/5)
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Advancing Health Care
Children's hospital uses traffic-light monitoring system
Hurley Children's Hospital in Flint, Mich., uses a traffic-light system to help nurses monitor patients based on the risk that their condition will deteriorate. Pediatrics and NICU nurse Stephanie Allen said it is a tool to improve patient safety and can bring "more caregivers to the bedside so they can pool their experiences." (Michigan) (free registration) (9/2)
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SNMMI-TS members-only webinar: Radiopharmaceutical Compounding for Molecular Imaging Professionals
Join D. Scott Holbrook and Jeffrey Norenberg -- Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. ET -- for a SNMMI-TS members-only webinar as they address the new regulatory environment associated with radiopharmaceutical compounding and provide best practices for imaging professionals who obtain, prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals. Registration is complimentary for SNMMI-TS members.
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NIH/CDC posts 2015 omnibus SBIR contract solicitation
The NIH and CDC invite research proposals under this Small Business Innovation Research Contract Solicitation. Topic #338 -- Predictive Biomarkers of Adverse Reactions to Radiation Treatment and Topic #339 -- Systemic Targeted Radionuclide Therapy for Cancer Treatment are included in this solicitation. The proposal due date is Nov. 5. More information.
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-- Golda Meir,
former Israeli prime minister
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