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September 26, 2012
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  • Study: Bleeding risk offsets benefit of new anticoagulants
    Increased bleeding risks linked to the new oral anticoagulants dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban are not outweighed by the drugs' benefits in reducing ischemic events in patients with acute coronary syndrome, according to an analysis of trials published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The review looked at data on 31,286 patients who participated in studies from 2000 to 2011. "When both composite ischemic events and major bleeding events were taken into account, the use of new-generation oral anticoagulant agents showed no difference in net clinical benefit," researchers wrote. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Indonesian company plans isotope plant in the U.S.
    Indonesia's state-owned nuclear technology company Batan Teknologi has announced plans to establish a medical isotope facility in the U.S. to address the American demand for imaging agents. An official from BatanTek is visiting the U.S. to discuss plans for the facility with U.S. officials, an Indonesian official said. Jakarta Globe (Indonesia) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Focus 
  • Defending the benefits of omega-3s
    A recent study that dismissed the effectiveness of omega-3 supplements against cardiovascular event rates should be looked at more closely before making such conclusions, writes Dr. David L. Katz. "That doesn't mean we can or should dismiss the study. ... But going from that to headlines announcing 'no cardiac benefit' from omega-3 fats is rather a fish story," he writes. U.S. News & World Report/Eat+Run blog (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health risks for obese children may be worse than previously thought
    An analysis involving almost 50,000 children revealed that childhood obesity was tied to even greater health risks later in life, including heart disease and diabetes, than previously thought. The findings, based on 63 studies published between 2000 and 2011, appear in the journal BMJ. WebMD (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Policy 
  • Reports explore the higher costs behind health care spending
    Costly new medical technology, pricey medical services, volume-based payment and medical malpractice are contributing to rising health care costs, according to a report from the Bipartisan Policy Center that details more than a dozen issues behind growing costs. Meanwhile, data from the Health Care Cost Institute indicate spending on care for people insured through their employers rose largely because of increased provider costs. That study found the average cost of inpatient care at hospitals rose 5.3% between 2010 and 2011 while the consumer price index grew only 3.2% over the same period. Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (9/20), Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IOM recommends measures to prevent health care waste
    With unneeded services, fraud and excessive costs accounting for 30% of health care expenses in 2009, the Institute of Medicine has recommended doctors and other health care providers take part in a learning system that adopts a team-based approach to medical care and utilizes payment models that tie performance to outcomes and novel clinical support tools. The organization also highlighted the importance of technology adoption among health professionals to bolster patient care. American Medical News (free content) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASNC News 
  • Get involved with ASNC
    ASNC has restructured its governance to provide more opportunities for a broad spectrum of members, particularly Technologists and Fellows-In-Training, to actively participate in the society year-round. The new governance structure is more inclusive and will ensure that ASNC leads and defines the field of nuclear cardiology in quality and innovation. We encourage you to visit to learn more about applying to one of the committees or panels and volunteering your time to ASNC. To apply, send your curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to before Oct. 26. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ASNC welcomes new FASNC designees
    ASNC would like to recognize the following individuals who will receive the 2012 Fellow of ASNC (FASNC) designation. Congratulations to the following physicians: John Thomas Cardone, MD; Steven Jon Daniels, MD; Nitin Jaluria, MD; Aarush Manchanda, MD; Mauricio Melhado, MD; Charles David Peters, Jr., MD; Tariq Saleem, MD; Carl M. Wynter, MD; Charles David Peters Jr., MD; and scientists: Mary Beth Farrell, MS (CNMT, NCT, RTCN); Thomas Michael Kumpuris, MS; Jamshid Maddahi, MD. For more information about applying to receive a Fellows designation from the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, please visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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