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December 27, 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, SNNMI said. (free registration) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News & Research 
  • Study: PET/MRI shows promise in restaging of prostate cancer
    Choline-PET/MRI identified more suspicious lesions compared with PET/CT in 31 patients with recurrent prostate cancer, according to a study presented at a radiology meeting. The study also found that PET/MRI performs comparably with PET/CT in identifying lymph node metastases and bone metastases. The findings indicate a fully diagnostic choline-PET/MRI protocol for restaging prostate cancer is well-tolerated and feasible in patients, researchers said. (free registration) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Report 
  • Zecotek announces progress with MAPD detector manufacturing
    Zecotek Photonics announced the National NanoFab Center in South Korea has made progress with MAPD photo detector production. The company said the center has fixed the most critical technological problems associated with the mass production of its upgraded MAPD solid-state photo detector. The next step for NNFC is the delivery of its wafers in the first quarter of 2013. BioOptics World /News release (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from the Field 
  • U.S. will be short by 100K docs in 2020, report projects
    The U.S. is projected to be short 100,000 primary care physicians in 2020 as more new physicians turn to specialty care, according to the Medical Group Management Association. Medical students should be sent to rural communities where primary care access is particularly limited, an official at the Texas Academy of Family Physicians suggested. United Press International (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • Members of Congress express concern over imaging fee cuts
    Seventeen members of Congress, led by Reps. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., and Gene Green, D-Texas, have sent a letter to House leaders voicing concern over reductions in Medicare reimbursement rates for imaging procedures. The representatives said the cuts will lead to reduced access to imaging services among seniors and limit the adoption of new equipment. The letter said Medicare "must control costs in order to preserve this important program for our children," but there should also be more support for imaging. (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA issues guidance to expedite drug development
    The FDA has released a draft guidance document designed to help drug companies speed development. The 42-page guidance outlines "enrichment strategies" meant to improve the efficiency of drug trials such as excluding patients unlikely to demonstrate clinical benefit. "These are potentially powerful strategies for the pharmaceutical industry because appropriate use of enrichment could result in smaller studies, shortened drug development times, and lower development costs," wrote Dr. Bob Temple of the FDA. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Health Care 
  • Health care apps may make major clinical strides in 2013
    Consumers, who have been reluctant to download mobile health applications other than those focused on fitness and weight, might reach for more clinical apps in 2013 as the range of monitoring and disease management software broadens. Regulatory changes are also expected to encourage the growth in clinical software, according to industry analysts. GigaOm (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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