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December 11, 2014
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Study: FDG-PET useful for predicting advanced breast cancer Tx outcomes
FDG-PET could be used to predict chemotherapy response in patients with advanced breast cancer, according to a study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. A total of 62 patients underwent PET scans and biopsy to determine the correlation between FDG uptake and response to presurgical chemotherapy consisting of carboplatin and nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel and vorinostat. "Our study confirms the feasibility of conducting multicenter neoadjuvant studies that add novel agents to chemotherapy backbones, and incorporate serial tissue biopsies and quantitative imaging for biomarker development," the team wrote. MolecularImaging.net (12/10)
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Sleep disturbances tied to greater dementia risk
A study in Neurology suggests that older men who had low blood oxygen levels while sleeping or who spent less time in deep sleep are more likely to show brain changes that can precede dementia. The study failed to demonstrate a causal link, but it adds to evidence that poor sleep may contribute to cognitive declines in some older people, experts said. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (12/10)
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Study links one-third of cancer deaths in U.S. to cigarettes
American Cancer Society data showed about a third of U.S. cancer deaths are linked to cigarette smoking, and researchers said reducing smoking rates should be a top public health priority. The study, published in the Annals of Epidemiology, did not include deaths from secondhand smoke or from use of other tobacco products, such as cigars and smokeless tobacco. HealthDay News (12/9)
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Report predicts 4% market growth for global radiology PACS
A MicroMarket Monitor report predicted the global radiology PACS market will see 4% compound annual growth through 2019, with 47.9% of the sector's 2014 sales generated in North America, the largest global radiology market. Some 90% of North American sales were generated by the U.S. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (12/9)
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News from the Field
Report shows access problems for Medicaid patients
An HHS Office of Inspector General's investigation found that half of 1,800 physicians who were listed as Medicaid participants were not actually available to take appointments. The report said more than 33% were not at the address listed in the Medicaid managed care plan, 8% were at the listed location but did not participate in the health plan listed, and 8% were Medicaid participants but were not taking new patients. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/9)
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International Developments
U.K. academics to have access to stalled pharmaceutical compounds
Seven pharmaceutical companies, including Takeda, GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly and Co. and Pfizer, are partnering with the U.K. Medical Research Council to make 68 drug compounds no longer under investigation available to academic researchers. "Repurposing abandoned compounds could lead to the development of new medicines for many debilitating conditions," said Vince Cable, secretary of state for business, innovation and skills. Chemistry World magazine online (12/10)
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Health Policy
HHS recognizes efforts to improve care with $36M in funding
More than $36 million has been awarded by HHS to over 1,000 health care centers in the U.S. The funding, which recognizes efforts to advance patient care, including use of EHRs, will be used to finance further infrastructure, systems and overall patient care improvement. The Hill (12/9)
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Advancing Health Care
Archive to bring all Cleveland Clinic medical images together
The Cleveland Clinic is moving medical images of all types into a searchable, indexed archive that can be accessed via EHRs. The move will improve access to data from 78 units for point-of-care ultrasound and 38 cameras, as well as surgical images, and the archive will even provide a home for patient smartphone images, said the Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Cheryl Petersilge. Health Data Management (12/10)
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From SNMMI
SNMMI publishes updated procedure standard on GI bleeding scintigraphy
SNMMI has published an updated procedure standard, the SNMMI Procedure Standard/EANM Practice Guideline for Gastrointestinal Bleeding Scintigraphy 2.0. It is available both on SNMMI's website (Quality & Practice > Guidance > Procedure Standards) and in the December issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology.
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SNMMI introduces infographic explaining nuclear medicine therapy
SNMMI has released a new infographic showing how certain types of cancer can be treated using nuclear medicine therapy. Targeted Cancer Treatment with Nuclear Medicine Therapy is a visual guide to radioisotope therapy, a personalized treatment where a radioactive drug compound seeks and destroys cancer cells.
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