Technique mitigates effects of breathing during PET, data suggest | Research traces chain of events that leads to Alzheimer's | Study finds longer time to treatment for in-hospital strokes
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October 14, 2014
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Technique mitigates effects of breathing during PET, data suggest
A study in the Journal of Physics: Conference Series demonstrates a technique for mitigating the effects of respiratory motion on PET. The approach relies on bioimpedance measurements used with electrocardiogram data to track cardiac function. The study found that when synchronizing images on the basis of bioimpedance, resolution was better and clinical parameters were affected. (free registration) (10/13)
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Research traces chain of events that leads to Alzheimer's
A study in the journal Nature has validated the theory that amyloid deposition begins the process of Alzheimer's disease development. Stem cells were coaxed to become neurons in a petri dish. A gene linked to Alzheimer's induced amyloid and tangles with the help of an enzyme that may prove a useful target for stopping the disease. Researchers plan to use the system dubbed "Alzheimer's in a dish" for a variety of applications. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/13), Voice of America (10/12), HealthDay News (10/13)
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Study finds longer time to treatment for in-hospital strokes
A Canadian study presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress found that up to 17% of strokes happen in hospitalized patients, but time to treatment may be longer than for patients who have them at home and go to the emergency department. Researcher Dr. Alexandra Saltman of the University of Toronto said stroke symptoms in hospitalized patients, especially those in an ICU who may not be awake or able to communicate, may not be readily recognized. Medscape (free registration) (10/9)
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Study: Cholesterol, triglycerides linked to prostate cancer recurrence
Increased cholesterol and triglyceride levels after removal of the prostate gland were associated with increased risk of prostate cancer recurrence, according to a study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Triglyceride levels of at least 150 milligrams per deciliter were linked with a 35% greater recurrence risk than normal levels of triglycerides. Any 10 mg/dL rise in cholesterol over 200 mg/dL was tied to a 9% increase in recurrence risk. HealthDay News (10/10)
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Industry Report
Funding round brings in $120M for Invitae
A Series F financing round has pulled in $120 million for Invitae, maker of a gene-based test that can be used to detect genetic conditions related to cardiology, cancer, pediatrics and neurology. The California-based company said it will use the money to expand its genetic data business infrastructure. (10/13)
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Omniox awarded $5.8M to advance lead cancer drug candidate
The Wellcome Trust awarded Omniox $5.8 million to support development of OMX-4.80, its lead drug candidate for glioblastoma multiforme and other types of hypoxic cancers. The funding is to go toward early-stage trials. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (10/9)
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News from the Field
Many providers lack capacity to take on Big Data, analytics
A MeriTalk survey found that while health care providers expressed positive views about tools to optimize EMR data, 96% lack the infrastructure to fully take advantage of Big Data, analytics and other tools. However, providers say such technologies will help them save money, according to the report. Healthcare IT News (10/13)
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Health Policy
SNMMI urges members to speak out on proposed imaging standards
SNMMI is calling upon its members to submit comments on the Joint Commission's Proposed Revisions to Diagnostic Imaging Services, which include disqualification of Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board-certified technologists from performing diagnostic CT scans. SNMMI says the proposed changes could also affect SPECT/CT and PET/CT procedures. Members have until Oct. 24 to submit comments. (free registration) (10/13)
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Advancing Health Care
Google tests a service for video chatting with doctors
Google is moving beyond facilitating Internet searches for medical symptoms by trying out a service that will let users video chat with physicians after a symptom search. The company is covering the costs of the chats during the trial, although any follow-up virtual appointments will likely be the responsibility of the patient. Engadget (10/11)
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SNMMI 2015 Future Leaders Academy: Now accepting applications
The SNMMI Future Leaders Academy is looking for candidates interested in increasing their leadership role within SNMMI and in the nuclear medicine and molecular imaging community. The SNMMI Future Leaders Academy training focuses on setting a clear plan for increasing leadership abilities by developing the necessary skills and organizational expertise to enhance performance. Learn more and submit your application. Submission deadline is Oct. 31.
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