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April 11, 2012
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  • Nanobodies can be used to detect atherosclerosis risk
    French researchers have developed nanobodies that can attach to vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, which is linked to the development of atherosclerosis, according to a study published in Circulation Research. The nanobodies can be tagged with technetium-99m and imaged through SPECT, according to the study. Researchers said SPECT also identified human and mouse cross-reactive labeled VCAM-1, indicating that the nanobodies can be used in the clinical setting. MedPage Today (free registration) (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links hypertension, race, sudden cardiac deaths
    A study in HeartRhythm revealed that blacks with high blood pressure faced double the risk of sudden cardiac death as whites and other ethnic groups. However, the research did not prove a causal relationship between hypertension and sudden cardiac death, and the authors said more research is needed to explore the factors contributing to the elevated risk in blacks. HealthDay News (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Focus 
  • Electrocardiogram spots risk of cardiac events among seniors
    Electrocardiogram abnormalities were linked to a greater risk of heart attack and other cardiac events among seniors ages 70 to 79, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, researchers said more study is needed to determine whether the small benefit offered by the test warrants its inclusion in screening asymptomatic patients. The Wall Street Journal (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Medtronic gets expanded FDA approval for heart failure device
    Medtronic has received expanded FDA approval for use of its CRT-D device in patients with mild symptoms of heart failure. The implantable cardioverter defibrillator, which transmits electrical signals to cardiac muscles to enhance blood pumping in the heart, had been previously approved for treating moderate-to-severe heart failure patients. Reuters (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Policy 
  • Senators press CMS to finalize sunshine law by June
    Sens. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote a letter to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner asking the agency to release its final rule on the Sunshine Act no later than June so partial collection of data can begin. The legislation mandates that payments made by drug and medical device firms to doctors and other health care providers be reported to the CMS. (Boston) (4/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds added cost after ICD policy change
    A CMS policy change that requires deep sedation administered by a professional separate from the practitioner performing an ICD implant has had a significant impact on cost, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting. The policy change increased case costs through longer hospital stays and additional required personnel. (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASNC News 
  • ASNC among the Original 9 Specialty Groups to Release "5 Things" List via Choosing Wisely
    What started out as 9 specialty groups each listing a list of the top-5 overused or misused tests in their profession has expanded to include 8 additional specialties releasing lists in the fall and over 10 consumer oriented organizations helping to disseminate the information. Hundreds of news organizations have covered the Choosing Wisely initiative, which the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation started to promote conversations between physicians and patients about appropriate testing. Please help us bring the campaign to life by engaging in dialogue with your patients, specifically with regards to the tests on the top-5 lists! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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