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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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