Study evaluates F-18 FDG-PET/CT in diagnosing giant cell arteritis | Pain untreated around the world, report finds | Morphine, ibuprofen tied to inadequate pediatric pain relief
October 17, 2017
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Study evaluates F-18 FDG-PET/CT in diagnosing giant cell arteritis
Patients with newly diagnosed giant cell arteritis who received high-dose glucocorticoid prednisone had significantly increased mean total F-18 FDG-PET/CT vascular uptake scores and mean FDG uptake in six of eight vascular territories, compared with healthy controls, Canadian researchers reported in The Journal of Rheumatology. The findings also showed that a total PET/CT score of 9 or higher was ideal in distinguishing those with GCA from controls, while systemic symptoms, reduced hemoglobin levels and elevated platelet counts were tied to increased total PET/CT scores among those with GCA.
Rheumatology Advisor (10/16) 
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Pain untreated around the world, report finds
A report from The Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief estimates that 26 million people with serious illnesses -- including more than 2.5 million children -- in 172 countries receive no pain relief or palliative care. "The pain gap is a massive global health emergency which has been ignored, except in rich countries," said commission leader Felicia Knaul of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
HealthDay News (10/13) 
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Morphine, ibuprofen tied to inadequate pediatric pain relief
A study in Pediatrics found that only 29.9% of children with musculoskeletal injuries who received oral morphine and ibuprofen in the emergency department had a pain score under 30 mm on the visual analog scale, indicating mild pain, as did just 33% of those receiving only ibuprofen and 29.3% of those receiving only oral morphine. The findings also showed more adverse events among those who took both drugs and those who took morphine alone, compared with those in the ibuprofen group, but no serious adverse events were reported.
Medscape (free registration) (10/12) 
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Traumatic experiences tied to heart disease risk among women
Women who experienced at least three traumatic events, such as sexual harassment, natural disasters or the death of a child, were more likely to have poorer endothelial function compared with women who had fewer traumatic experiences, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society. The findings were based on data for 272 postmenopausal and perimenopausal women.
Medical News Today (10/11) 
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Industry Report
NIH, 11 drugmakers collaborate on cancer therapy research
NIH, 11 drugmakers collaborate on cancer therapy research
The National Institutes of Health will collaborate with 11 drug companies in a $215 million public-private partnership to advance studies on immunotherapy research. The five-year Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies will be devoted to identifying, developing and validating chemical signatures in the body to help determine which patients would benefit from cancer treatments.
Reuters (10/12),  STAT (tiered subscription model) (10/12) 
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Pfizer's neuropathic pain drug approved by FDA
The FDA approved Pfizer's Lyrica CR, or pregabalin, extended-release tablets CV as a once-a-day treatment for patients with neuropathic pain related to diabetic peripheral neuropathy and postherpetic neuralgia. A clinical trial demonstrated at least 50% improvement in pain intensity in 73.6% of patients who used Lyrica CR compared with 54.6% who received placebo.
Seeking Alpha (free registration) (10/12) 
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News from the Field
Survey: 48% of primary care physicians happy with practice income
A Medscape survey of more than 1,150 physicians in 25 specialties found 48% of primary care physicians were somewhat or very satisfied with their practice income, compared with 55% of doctors in other specialties. Overall, physicians said their reputation for providing quality care and referrals from family and friends were the top reasons new patients sought care from them.
Medscape (free registration) (10/11) 
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Health Policy
States' lawsuit seeks to prevent administration from scrapping CSRs
Attorneys general in 18 states and Washington, D.C., filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Friday seeking to stop the government from ending cost-sharing reduction payments under the Affordable Care Act. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said President Donald Trump's decision to scrap the payments "with no warning or even a plan to contain the fallout is breathtakingly reckless," but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says he's optimistic that Democrats and Republicans will be able to reach a deal during federal spending negotiations in December, if not before.
Reuters (10/13) 
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AHIMA examines patients' access to EHRs via patient portals
AHIMA surveyed 167 consumers and found that 82% used their providers' patient portals to access their EHRs in 2016, up from less than 5% in 2013, and 90% of those users expressed satisfaction with their experience. Findings also showed that 35% of users employed portals for viewing laboratory results, 22% for making appointments and 19% each for requesting medication renewals and sending secure messages.
Healthcare Informatics online (10/11),  Health IT Security (10/11) 
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Editor's Note
There was an error in Monday's SNMMI SmartBrief regarding the summary about FDG-PET/MR in pediatric epilepsy. The summary should have stated that FDG-PET/MR was compared with PET/CT. SmartBrief regrets the error.
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