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January 8, 2013
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  • JNM study outlines alternative methods for isotope production
    Alternative methods being pursued now to produce the medical isotope molybdenum-99 without using highly enriched uranium include using target-fuel isotope reactors and aqueous homogenous reactors, according to a study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Other options include accelerator-based production of the isotope through photo-fission or accelerator-driven subcritical assembly, researchers said. The methods may be a long way from being standard, as researchers said they "are balanced on a fine line, with technical breakthroughs on the one hand and long-term economic viability on the other." (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Clinical News & Research 
  • Study rejects link between brain injury, dementia risk
    People who suffered a traumatic brain injury with loss of consciousness were at no greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia later in life, but they were more likely to have another brain injury, according to a study of more than 4,000 older adults. The findings appeared in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Researchers cautioned that their study should not be confused with findings on the effects of multiple brain injuries suffered by former football and hockey players and other athletes. HealthDay News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Report 
  • GE Healthymagination welcomes new official
    Risa Stack, a partner at venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has been named general manager at GE Healthymagination, a $6 billion GE program aimed at improving global health care in terms of quality, access and costs. Stack spearheaded molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine investments at KPCB. Xconomy/San Francisco (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  International Developments 
  • New medical device vigilance guidelines take effect in Egypt
    The Egyptian Drug Authority has finalized guidelines governing its medical device vigilance program, which details responsibilities for the agency's Medical Device Safety Department, device users and manufacturers. The guidance took effect on Jan. 1 and includes changes to a draft version released in 2011, including a new section on in vitro diagnostics. Clinica (subscription required) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • ONC seeks members of 2 HIT workgroups
    Applications are being accepted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for possible members of the Health IT Policy Committee's Consumer Empowerment Workgroup and Health IT Standards Committee's Consumer Technology Workgroup. The workgroups, which were created to help consumers and patients understand the benefits of EHRs, have an application deadline of Jan. 14. Healthcare Informatics online (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Cuts to medical research funding will stall progress and waste money
    Congress postponed until March deep budget cuts that had been due to take effect at the start of this year. If these cuts to the NIH, FDA, CDC and other agencies are allowed to happen, promising projects will stall, people will needlessly suffer and jobs will be lost, three medical school deans write. "A strong America requires investments that protect our economy and our health," they write. The Washington Post (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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