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January 30, 2013
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  • Russia claims desire to rein in HEU use
    U.S. officials are increasingly confident that Russia will hold to its plan to limit the use of highly enriched uranium in manufacturing medical isotopes, sources familiar with the matter said. "We have no reason to doubt the Russians' commitment to work toward the conversion of their [medical isotope] production process from HEU targets to LEU targets as they have stated at recent international conferences," said Parrish Staples, director of European and African threat reduction for the National Nuclear Security Administration. This confidence in Russia may delay Congress from implementing a ban on HEU imports. However, Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project coordinator Alan Kuperman said the HEU ban is still needed. Global Security Newswire (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Focus 
  • Erectile dysfunction linked to heart disease risk
    Researchers looked at data on more than 95,000 men ages 45 and older and found that those with moderate or severe erectile dysfunction had up to a 50% higher risk of being hospitalized for heart problems. Having a history of heart disease further increased the risk of hospitalization. The study was published in the journal PLoS Medicine. HealthDay News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Policy 
  • AdvaMed, others redouble efforts to repeal 2.3% device tax
    The Advanced Medical Technology Association has joined forces with two other industry groups to press Congress to repeal the 2.3% medical device tax as the first payment due date arrived this week. "This tax is already resulting in layoffs, reduced investments in R&D and delays in significant capital improvements. We urge Congress to act swiftly and repeal this job-killing, innovation-destroying, anti-competitive tax," AdvaMed President and CEO Stephen Ubl said. (Boston) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Senator's bill to target physician shortage in U.S.
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Tuesday he would introduce a bill to address the shortage of primary care physicians before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act's individual insurance mandate, insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion next year. The bill would include funding to expand community health centers and the National Health Service Corps. The shortage "has been accentuated by the ACA and 30 million more people getting insurance, so we just got to make sure there is a place for them to go," Sanders said. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/29), The Washington Times (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASNC News 
  • Free webinar tonight -- The Basics of MPI
    Tonight – Jan. 30 at 9 p.m. Pacific Time (midnight Eastern Time) – do not miss a complimentary live webinar hosted by ASNC and IAEA – The Basics of MPI. This webinar is designed to increase cardiologists, radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians' knowledge of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). Basic elements related to the patient selection, protocol selection and image acquisition and processing will be reviewed. Check the corresponding time for your area and country and register today! Look for an archived version on in the coming weeks – a great tool for training directors! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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