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November 19, 2012
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  • NNSA says deal with NorthStar is a big step in nonproliferation efforts
    The National Nuclear Security Administration's Global Threat Reduction Initiative said its deal with NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes covering the production of molybdenum-99 without using highly enriched uranium is an important step toward securing a reliable isotope supply in the U.S. "This cooperative agreement is evidence of the significant progress that is being made toward achieving commercial production of Mo-99 here in the United States without the use of highly enriched uranium," said Anne Harrington, NNSA deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation. Government Security News (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Clinical News & Research 
  • SPECT sheds light on what goes on in mediums' brains during trance
    Researchers using SPECT have discovered that experienced spirit mediums display lower levels of activity in the parts of the brain related to reasoning, planning, moving, generating language and solving problems while they were in a trance compared with when they were not. The lower level of activity also led to more complex writing samples compared to when the mediums were not entranced, according to a study published in PLOS ONE. In less experienced mediums, researchers observed increased levels of activity while they were in a trance. The findings cannot be definitively explained yet, but they indicate "there are neurophysiological correlates of this state," said researcher Dr. Andrew Newberg of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia. Forbes (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Report 
  • Eczacıbaşı-Monrol sets sights on U.S. firm Capintec
    Turkish nuclear medicine firm Eczacıbaşı-Monrol, part of Eczacıbaşı Pharmaceutical and Industrial Investment, said it will acquire Capintec, a U.S. nuclear medicine instrumentation manufacturer. The Turkish company will transfer all products and technical systems from Mol-Image, a company it bought last year that focuses on radiopharmaceuticals and radiation-proof devices, to Capintec upon acquisition. Hurriyet (Turkey)/Reuters (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  International Developments 
  • Facilities to run peer review project for radiology, nuclear medicine
    The integrated department of diagnostic services at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences in Ontario is beginning an integrated nuclear medicine and radiology peer review pilot project using Real Time Medical's context-aware peer review software platform, called DiaShare QUALITY. The project aims to introduce a quality assurance, collaboration and improvement program for nuclear medicine/molecular imaging and radiology services at selected facilities. News-Medical.Net/News release (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • Ind. lawmakers look to defer device tax implementation
    Efforts are ongoing to put off implementation of the 2.3% medical device tax by one to two years, said Indiana Reps. Marlin Stutzman, a Republican, and Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, who expressed opposition to the tax. Plans to defer the tax could be included in a fiscal proposal Congress is devising to stop $600 billion in automatic tax hikes and spending reductions from taking effect, Stutzman said. The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • State health agencies to update IT systems, survey finds
    Many state health departments are implementing best practices and technological advancements to modernize the IT platforms they use, according to the results of a survey published by Microsoft and the American Public Human Services Association. The report found 57% of agencies surveyed have not upgraded their IT systems, but the majority of them will pursue modernization within the next three to five years. The findings also show good program management practices, due diligence and proper leadership could help agencies get gradual benefits from IT modernization despite challenges. Healthcare IT News (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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