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November 15, 2012
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  • Study: Pain regulation function not normal in fibromyalgia
    A study reported at a rheumatology conference found through the use of PET and functional MRI scans that in patients with fibromyalgia, the brain's main pain inhibitory mechanisms, such as opioid receptors, are not working properly. This finding may shed light on why narcotic analgesics are not an effective treatment for some patients with the condition, researchers said. MedPage Today(free registration) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Canon partners with 2 Boston centers for brain research
    Canon USA has entered a partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital for the development of brain imaging methods and neurosurgery robotics. Optical imaging is among the imaging techniques being developed. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Health care suppliers urge quicker timeline for device ID rule
    The Healthcare Supply Chain Association has called on the FDA to reduce from seven years to three years the time frame for enacting a unique device identifier system for medical devices. "[P]atient safety outcomes far outweigh any rationale, economic or otherwise, for such a prolonged phase-in," the group wrote in a comment letter sent to the FDA. Health Data Management (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • ACA still faces legal challenges
    Legal challenges still have potential to undermine the Affordable Care Act, experts say. Lawsuits working their way through the courts address subsidies to buy health insurance on federally run exchanges, put forth new objections to the law's mandates and allege that the ACA is in essence a tax law that should have originated in the House. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Health Care 
  • Group asks HHS, DOJ on ways to boost EHR, billing compliance
    The American Hospital Association has presented a letter to HHS and the Justice Department seeking to clarify how hospitals could bolster EHR use when billing Medicare and Medicaid. Creating national guidelines for hospital assessment and management services coding, having more discussion of compliance concerns and improving knowledge of functionalities embedded in EHRs are three areas that hospitals and the government must work on so billing requirements can be met, the AHA's president and CEO said. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Just announced! "The 5th NIH/JDRF Workshop: Imaging the Pancreatic Beta Cell"
    This workshop — April 15-16, 2013, at the NIH in Bethesda, Md. — is part of ongoing programs focused on in vivo imaging of islet mass, function and disease pathogenesis that have been sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the European Union for more than a decade. The workshop will emphasize important recent work in support of islet/beta cell imaging and cutting-edge beta cell biology that could inform the effort to visualize the beta cell. Learn more about this upcoming workshop. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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