Expert offers insights on how physics can advance clinical PET | Study supports warfarin for Afib patients with dementia | Microbes linked to endometrial cancer, could help screen for disease
January 11, 2017
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Expert offers insights on how physics can advance clinical PET
Innovations in mathematical, computational and physiological modeling have bolstered the accuracy of PET image reconstruction techniques and software, while advancements in physics and hardware development have led to the development of integrated PET/MRI scanners, the EXPLORER total-body PET scanner with 40 times increased sensitivity, and time-of-flight capabilities on PET scanners, which may enable wearable PET systems and limited angle tomography, said Charalampos Tsoumpas, a medical imaging expert at the University of Leeds in the UK, at the IOP Medical Physics Group meeting. "Physics developments may change the way that we perform imaging with radioactivity in the future," Tsoumpas said.
Medical Physics Web (registration required) (1/10) 
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Study supports warfarin for Afib patients with dementia
Continuing warfarin to treat nonvalvular atrial fibrillation may provide cardiac protection for patients diagnosed with dementia, according to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The study of older veterans found warfarin provided protection against ischemic stroke, major bleeding and mortality.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (1/6) 
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Microbes linked to endometrial cancer, could help screen for disease
Certain microbes found in women's reproductive tracts have been linked to endometrial cancer and may one day be used to screen for the disease, according to findings published in Genome Medicine. The small study found that higher levels of the Atopobium vaginae and Porphyromonas species of bacteria were present in the uteruses of women with endometrial cancer or endometrial hyperplasia, a cancer precursor. (1/6) 
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Exposure to cigarette smoke before and during pregnancy affects fetal brain
Secondhand exposure to cigarette smoke affects fetal brain development in all stages of pregnancy, including preconception, according to a study published in Toxicological Sciences. Exposure damaged fetal rat brain areas involved in learning, memory and emotional response, the researchers found.
United Press International (1/5) 
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Industry Report
Adaptive to partner with Amgen on NGS-based ALL assay
Adaptive Biotechnologies intends to develop and commercialize its clonoSEQ next-generation sequencing-based immune profiling assay for minimal residual disease evaluation in acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients in collaboration with Amgen. The partnership also aims to set validated thresholds of residual disease for predicting patient outcomes through the collection of minimal residual disease data.
GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration) (1/6) 
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Biotech firm raises $70M to develop personalized cancer vaccines
Neon Therapeutics gained $70 million from a Series B funding round to support the development of personalized cancer vaccines based on tumor samples.
Xconomy (1/5) 
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News from the Field
Palliative care can help manage head, neck cancer symptoms
CancerCare social worker Carly O'Brien said a diagnosis of head and neck cancer can be associated with guilt and self-blame, so patients should seek out professional support and talk with physicians about managing any side effects of treatments. "We recommend reaching out to the multidisciplinary team and getting palliative care involved in managing side effects or symptoms of the disease, and talking about palliative symptom management from day one," O'Brien said.
Cure Today (1/6) 
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Health Policy
What's next for Joe Biden?
What's next for Joe Biden?
Biden (Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Vice President Joe Biden plans to launch an independent nonprofit organization to continue the work he started with the National Cancer Moonshot to advance research and make treatments more accessible. Biden wants to focus on cancer prevention, clinical trial participation, data sharing and affordability, and he said he wants to work with community organizations to improve health care access and equality.
STAT (1/9),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/4) 
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Advancing Health Care
Report finds benefits of IoT in health care
A report released by the Internet of Things Working Group says IoT technology can boost access to health care services, personalize patient care and decrease overall health care costs. The group also found that cybersecurity, data protection and improved interoperability for data analytics are challenges for the IoT industry. (1/6) 
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A detailed overview of nuclear medicine technology ... with self-evaluation questions!
Pick up your copy of Steves' Review of Nuclear Medicine Technology, 4th edition. This detailed overview of nuclear medicine technology -- updated and expanded to cover patient care, instrumentation, nuclear oncology, electrocardiography, interventional drugs and new therapeutic agents -- is complemented by hundreds of self-evaluation questions and answers mirroring the structure of national certification examinations.
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Now available: "Myocardial Perfusion Imaging 2016: Quality, Safety, And Dose Optimization" with CE credit!
This comprehensive book focuses on ways to improve quality, increase safety and reduce radiation burden in myocardial perfusion imaging. It is designed as an easy reference that will give new insights to even the most tenured technologists. The SNMMI, through its Verification of Involvement in Continuing Education (VOICE) program, has approved this mini-book for a maximum of 10.0 continuing education hours (CEHs). Get started today.
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