PET detects inflammation in polymyositis and dermatomyositis, research finds | Study: Brains of people with autism display atypical synchronization | WHO: Premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases must be addressed
January 20, 2015
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PET detects inflammation in polymyositis and dermatomyositis, research finds
FDG PET can detect clinical markers of inflammation associated with polymyositis and dermatomyositis, researchers report in the journal BMJ Open. FDG PET was performed on 33 patients with PM/DM before and after therapy, and the results were compared with data from patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Abnormal FDG uptake was seen in the lungs of patients with interstitial lung diseases, in the lymph nodes of half of patients with DM, in 18.2% of patients with PM without other collagen conditions and in three-quarters of patients with PM/DM and other collagen conditions. Healio (free registration) (1/19)
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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

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Study: Brains of people with autism display atypical synchronization
A study in the journal Nature Neuroscience that used functional MRI uncovered unique synchronization patterns in the resting brains of people with autism spectrum disorder, while patterns in those without ASD tend to be more uniform. Researchers note that people without ASD tend to interact with people and their environment in more predictable ways, which might explain the similarity in their synchronization patterns. "It is possible that in ASD, as interactions with the environment are disrupted, each one develops a more uniquely individualistic brain organization pattern," said researcher Avital Hahamy. HealthDay News (1/19), Business Standard (India)/Press Trust of India (1/20)
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WHO: Premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases must be addressed
Millions of people younger than 70 are dying from noncommunicable diseases such as heart and lung disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes, says the World Health Organization. WHO recommends that governments restrict tobacco and alcohol advertising and trans fats while encouraging healthful diets and physical activity. The majority of such deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Voice of America (1/19)
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The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

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Fujifilm enhances Synapse PACS' data sharing capability
An Imaging Object Change Management support feature has been added to Fujifilm Medical Systems' Synapse PACS solution. The new feature is expected to improve management and alignment of DICOM documents across platforms. (free registration) (1/16)
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Neuropore licenses neurodegenerative drugs to UCB in deal worth up to $480M
Belgium-based drugmaker UCB secured the exclusive rights to develop and market Neuropore Therapies' experimental drug NPT200-11 and other therapeutic candidates designed to treat Parkinson's disease and related neurodegenerative conditions. Neuropore is entitled to receive $20 million upfront and as much as $460 million in milestone fees plus sales royalties under terms of the deal. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (1/16)
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News from the Field
Digital services influence patients' physician selection
A survey by TechnologyAdvice Research revealed 60.8% of respondents agreed that digital services such as paying bills and setting appointments online were "important" or "somewhat important" in selecting a doctor. Data also showed 68.6% agreed that physician follow-up is "very important" or "somewhat important." HIT Consultant (1/16)
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AMA report shows weekly working hours among physicians
A report by the American Medical Association showed most physicians had weekly workloads of 40 to 60 hours, while 23% worked 61 to 80 or more hours. Researchers also found 20% of doctors ages 60-69 and 20% of those ages 40-69 work more than 60 hours per week, and 5% of younger physicians work more than 80 hours a week. However, about half of physicians across all age groups preferred fewer working hours per week, researchers added. News (1/16)
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International Developments
FDA official sees big promise in MDSAP pilot
The Medical Device Single Audit Program pilot, designed to align audit processes in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Brazil and Australia, is good for regulators, manufacturers and patients, writes Kim Trautman of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. "Manufacturers that choose to participate in the pilot program will help to shape the policies and procedures of the fully operational MDSAP, which is scheduled to begin in 2017. We expect that the MDSAP pilot will enhance confidence in third party audit programs, increasing the footprint of this global endeavor," she writes. (Boston)/FDA Blog (1/19)
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Health Policy
Group asks IRS to expand tax-exempt bond guidance
The American Hospital Association has called on the IRS to have the tax-exempt bond guidance of the Internal Revenue Code be applied to accountable care organization-type arrangements. "While this guidance is helpful, it is limited to ACOs that serve Medicare patients through the [Medicare Shared Savings Program], and does not address the fact that an important element of the [Affordable Care Act] is to promote the development of ACO-type arrangement with non-Medicare payers," said AHA Senior Vice President and General Counsel Melinda Hatton. (1/16)
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3rd Theranostics World Congress Ga-68 and PRRT early-bird registration ends Jan. 30
Save $100 when you register for the 3rd Theranostics World Congress by Jan. 30. This congress -- March 12-14 in Baltimore -- will provide updates on recent developments in the field of Theranostics for NETs, Prostate Cancer and beyond. Experts from around the world will discuss their research and experience in this exciting field. Early-bird registration deadline: Jan. 30. Register today.
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New for 2015! MIRD Radiopharmaceutical Dosimetry Symposium
Available exclusively for SNMMI 2015 Annual Meeting Attendees (additional fees apply), this pre-meeting symposium seeks to provide current status of radiopharmaceutical therapy with a particular emphasis on the key role played by dosimetry. RPT or therapeutic nuclear medicine is an underutilized modality with great potential; dosimetry can provide guidelines for optimal treatment planning, in addition to providing insight into tumor dose-response relations. Learn more and register today.
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