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November 12, 2012
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  • PET, glycolytic activity help predict tumor recurrence in NSCLC
    Measuring FDG-PET volume and glycolytic activity following stereotactic body radiation therapy helps detect potentially recurrent tumors in patients with non-small cell lung cancer, according to a study reported at a radiation oncology conference. In the study of 164 patients, researchers pinpointed 15 local recurrence tumors and 26 non-local recurrence tumors. The method could allow for better management of patients with such tumors. (free registration) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NCATS chief discusses center's mission, flat budgets, better metrics
    The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences will not compete with drugmakers, as some had feared, but will do things pharma and biotech companies would like to do but can't, director Dr. Christopher Austin said. The center has an ambitious mission and a flat budget, but "half a billion dollars is still a lot of money and I think there's a lot we can do with it," Austin said. Success will be measured against a portfolio of metrics that allow failure, and the reasons for failures will be published, he said. (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Global Harmonization Task Force to formally end Dec. 31
    The Global Harmonization Task Force will officially cease operations Dec. 31. The task force, established in 1992 to harmonize regional and national medical device regulatory programs, has been replaced with a regulators-only entity, the International Medical Device Regulators Forum, which will carry on some of the GHTF's activities. Clinica (subscription required) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EHR incentives reach $8.36B for Medicare, Medicaid providers
    CMS has paid $8.36 billion in EHR incentives to 165,800 doctors and hospitals through October. Medicare payments to eligible providers and hospitals during October amounted to $435 million, while Medicaid incentives paid to professionals and hospitals for adopting, using and upgrading EHRs totaled $210 million. The most recently available data show 22% of providers that are Medicare-eligible are also EHR meaningful users. Healthcare IT News (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Election Summary
    On Nov. 6, the United States held elections for the presidency as well as Senate and House offices. While the long-term implications of these election results are still undetermined, there were clear winners in these long-run races. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACNM/SNMMI and 2nd Sino-American Conference abstract deadline is Thursday, Nov. 15
    Only a few days remain to submit an original abstract for the 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting and 2nd Sino-American Conference, Jan. 23-27, 2013, in New Orleans, La. Young professionals may submit abstracts on the following topics: aspects of clinical and basic science in nuclear medicine, correlative imaging in radiology, nuclear cardiology and radiation oncology. Submission deadline is Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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