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November 16, 2012
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  • Treatment, privacy concerns arise with availability of Alzheimer's test
    As more practices start to use imaging scans for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease, experts worry that the availability of the scans is getting ahead of availability of treatments for those who test positive. Treatment options are limited or not available for some forms of dementia. In one case, the family of an Arizona woman diagnosed with Alzheimer's through a scan refused to enroll her in an experimental study for fear of potential adverse side effects and instead turned to the Internet for treatments. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News & Research 
  • Study associates personality traits with placebo response
    Researchers using PET and standard psychological tests have discovered that personality traits such as resiliency, straightforwardness, altruism and anger/hostility may influence a person's response to a placebo. Those who were resilient were more likely to experience pain relief from a placebo, while those prone to anger/hostility were not affected by the placebo, according to the study published in Neuropsychopharmacology. The findings, derived utilizing PET to look at various areas of the brain, may help researchers adjust results in clinical trials in consideration of personality traits and individual responses to placebo. release (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Report 
  • NorthStar gets $22.2M for isotope facility
    NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes has received $22.2 million from the National Nuclear Security Administration's Global Threat Reduction Initiative. The company said the money will be used to establish a facility in Beloit, Wis., that will produce the isotope molybdenum-99 without employing highly enriched uranium. The NNSA said NorthStar will match the $22.2 million in a cost-sharing agreement. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • International Isotopes reports financial updates
    International Isotopes reported lower revenue in the third quarter and first nine months of the year, owing to reduced operations at U.S. nuclear medicine clinics and funding limitations at some facilities. The company said its main divisions -- radiochemical products, cobalt products and nuclear medicine standards -- all saw reduced revenue. International Isotopes has responded with upgrades and modified sales terms to boost revenue involving radiochemical manufacturing. (free registration) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from the Field 
  • SHINE developing a safety plan for isotope facility
    SHINE Medical Technologies recently met with members of the public regarding its planned isotope facility in Janesville, Wis., and said it is encouraged by the public's increasing interest in the plan. One concern raised at the discussion is the safety of the facility, and the company said it is working on a detailed safety plan to be approved by federal, state and local regulators. The Janesville Gazette (Wis.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • Medtech leaders hit Capitol Hill to push for end to device tax
    A group of 50 top industry executives descended on Capitol Hill this week to inform lawmakers about the 2.3% medical device tax's "devastating effect" on jobs and get them to repeal it during the lame-duck session, said David Nexon of the Advanced Medical Technology Association. "[T]his excise tax will raise our industry's federal tax liability by an amount equal to a whopping 29% of our current income tax payments," Nexon said, referencing an AdvaMed report released Wednesday about the cost of the device tax. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Health Care 
  • Poll finds 50% rise in EMR use among U.S. primary care docs
    A Health Affairs survey showed a 50% increase in EMR adoption among primary care doctors in the U.S., although use is outpaced by that of some other countries where EMR use is nearly universal. Researchers also found the capability for electronic sharing of patient data is mostly found in bigger practices and ones that are part of integrated health systems. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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