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December 31, 2012
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  • Senate approves medical isotope bill
    The Senate has passed the American Medical Isotope Production Act, which will put in place a program for domestic production of the medical isotope molybdenum-99 without the use of highly enriched uranium. The bill passed with unanimous consent, and President Barack Obama is expected to sign the final measure. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BC Technical to acquire imaging services company
    BC Technical, which sells and services molecular imaging equipment and parts, is acquiring Genesis Medical Imaging, a provider of PET/CT, MRI and CT services. Genesis Medical President Robert Dakessian said the move is "a great decision for Genesis." DOTMed.com (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Weak heart may raise depression risk in men, study finds
    Having poor cardiovascular health at age 18 increases by nearly twofold a man's risk of being admitted for major depression later in life, according to a study of more than 1 million men in Sweden. Data showed that the poorer the cardiovascular fitness, the greater the risk of depression. The findings appeared in the British Journal of Psychiatry. DailyRx.com (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Early appointment boosts attendance at cardiac rehabilitation
    Setting initial cardiac rehabilitation within 10 days of hospital discharge resulted in an 18% increase in attendance at the orientation session, according to a study published in the journal Circulation. Barely 30% of heart attack patients join such a rehabilitation program after being scheduled within one to four weeks of discharge, researchers said. Reuters (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Rep. Upton: Medicaid flexibility is the right thing for states
    Governors could offer better-quality health coverage to low-income people if states are given the administrative flexibility to manage their Medicaid populations, writes House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich. He writes that the federal government will have to rely solely on the more expensive federally subsidized health exchanges to provide coverage if states decline to expand Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act is seriously flawed because it will cost taxpayers more than advertised and make health care coverage less affordable, but it's unlikely to be repealed in the coming two years, Upton writes. The Washington Times (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wishing you a happy New Year!
    A hearty Happy New Year to all of our ASNC members and SmartBrief readers. We have enjoyed many successes in 2012 and look forward to an even more fruitful 2013. Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year from our ASNC family to yours. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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