Study suggests schizophrenia is not just one disorder | Team tests new treatment for brain cancer | Study warns antipsychotics are dangerous for dementia patients

March 20, 2015
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Study suggests schizophrenia is not just one disorder
A study in JAMA Psychiatry shows that brain networks of patients with severe schizophrenia are different from networks of healthy individuals and people with less severe schizophrenia. The findings suggest schizophrenia is not a single disorder, according to senior researcher Dr. Aristotle Voineskos. (free registration) (3/19)
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10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

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Team tests new treatment for brain cancer
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A team of experts at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has initiated the first human clinical trial of a new treatment to shrink brain tumors. A team including nuclear medicine physician Dr. William Phillips developed the approach, which involves implanting highly radioactive nanoliposomes into a tumor. The first patient, treated March 10, has not experienced any side effects typically seen with radiation. American City Business Journals/San Antonio (3/17)
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Study warns antipsychotics are dangerous for dementia patients
Researchers found that antipsychotic drugs may raise dementia patients' risk of premature death more than previously thought, and risk is correlated to dose with newer antipsychotics. The study was reported in JAMA Psychiatry. "The harms associated with using these drugs in dementia patients are clear ... These results should raise the threshold for prescribing further," study author Dr. Donovan Maust said. HealthDay News (3/18)
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

Industry Report
Tomayko acquires Omni Diagnostics
Omni Diagnostics, a provider of nuclear cardiology and ultrasound services in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has been acquired by Tomayko Group. Omni becomes a subsidiary of Tomayko and its eighth business in the health care sector. (free registration) (3/19)
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JNM publishes standards for PET/MRI brain scan competency
Physicians and clinicians must have adequate knowledge, training and experience to read and interpret PET/MRI brain images, according to the first in a series of standards for PET/MRI competency issued by SNMMI and the American College of Radiology. The document was published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Competency in both modalities is a must, as well as knowledge of imaging protocols, MRI sequences, contrast agents and biologic and clinical parameters. Standards for head and neck PET/MRI are in development and will be followed by guidance for other anatomical regions. (free registration) (3/19)
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U.S. doctors need support in adjusting to new payment models
Multiplicity and administrative burdens are drawbacks reported by many physician practices transitioning away from fee-for-service payment models, according to a joint report released by RAND Corp. and the American Medical Association. Support from the government and payers can ease the transition, while improved care may depend on practices seeking partnerships with other providers and using data management to help track performance, the report found. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (3/19), (3/19)
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Health Policy
Bipartisan legislation seeks to repeal SGR formula
More than 750 medical groups signed a letter to Congress urging repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula. Congressional leaders on Thursday announced a bipartisan plan that repeals the SGR and introduced bills in the House and Senate that would provide for a 0.5% payment update each year for five years. (3/17), Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (3/19), CNN (3/19)
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CMS outlines how physicians can report on quality measures just once
The CMS has outlined how physicians can report quality measures to meet requirements for the physician quality reporting system, the EHR meaningful use program and the value-based modifier program. To do so, however, physicians or practices will have to use a qualified registry, a certified EHR or a special online interface. Medscape (free registration) (3/19)
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Advancing Health Care
Many care professionals consider incorporating apps into practices, survey says
A Research Now survey found that 46% of care professionals, including nurses and physicians, were interested in using smartphone applications in their practice by 2020. About 86% of the professionals said the tools could shed light on the conditions of patients, while 46% saw potential for improved patient relationships. (3/18)
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Nuclear medicine technologists: Save money on these great study and reference tools
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New report available: North American Market for SPECT and PET radiopharmaceuticals
Bio-Tech Systems Inc. has announced publication of a comprehensive report analyzing the markets for SPECT and PET radiopharmaceuticals. The report has a strong focus on new products and technology and emerging market opportunities, including nuclear cardiology with both PET and SPECT, targeted oncology and new broad-based molecular imaging platforms. It also analyzes the emerging markets for imaging Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease that will broaden the base of molecular imaging. Read the report.
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