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April 1, 2013
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  • Lawmakers look into proposal to revise DOE's nuclear policy
    The Republican leadership of the House Energy & Commerce Committee asked Energy Secretary Steven Chu for clarifications about the Department of Energy's proposal to revise its policy on U.S. aid to foreign atomic energy activities, also called the Part 810 rule. Nuclear industry experts said the proposed revisions would raise the number of countries that would be regulated by the department for U.S. atomic involvement, which could limit trade and U.S. influence on international nonproliferation policy. Experts also say the proposal would broaden the scope of the types of technologies covered by the Part 810 regulation, including those used to produce radiopharmaceuticals. The Republicans are seeking a response by April 12. Global Security Newswire (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SHINE submits application for isotope plant to NRC
    SHINE Medical Technologies in Monona, Wis., said it has submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the establishment of a medical isotope facility in Janesville, Wis., that will produce molybdenum-99, the precursor isotope to technetium-99m. The company said it anticipates the review of its plan will take 18 months. SHINE wants to start production by 2015 and projects to create at least 150 jobs. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lawmakers respond to editorial criticizing device tax repeal
    Striking down the medical device tax is a means of safeguarding a key U.S. industry in the face of an increasingly competitive global market, Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., said in response to a Washington Post editorial that called the Senate vote to repeal the tax a "budget-busting mistake." The pair also countered the editorial's argument that greater insurance access will lead to greater profitability for medtech firms, saying it has not been the case in medtech-heavy Massachusetts. (Boston) (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers can access chronic condition data on CMS website
    A new website called the Medicare Chronic Conditions Dashboard was unveiled by CMS to boost researchers' access to information about Medicare patients with multiple chronic conditions. The website offers "new and critical data that can help us develop better patient-centered approaches to improve health outcomes, lower costs and maximize quality of life," said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ipad app helps docs access medication, disease tools
    An iPad application called Omnio has been unveiled by Physicians Interactive to help doctors easily access calculators and references for drugs and diseases across several sources at once. The app's features include a drug interaction analyzer and up-to-the-minute formulary information. Health Tech Zone (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Access SNMMI guidelines online
    The SNMMI Committee on Guidelines is continually developing new guidelines and reviewing and updating existing guidelines. SNMMI guidelines are available online in the Practice section of the SNMMI website. Go to guidelines. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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