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New noninvasive method could lead to better diagnosis, treatment of gut diseases

New noninvasive method could lead to better diagnosis, treatment of gut diseases

A multi-institutional team of researchers has developed a new nanoscale agent for imaging the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This safe, noninvasive method for assessing the function and properties of the GI tract in real time could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of gut diseases. [More]
NSF new program helps great ideas transition from lab to practice

NSF new program helps great ideas transition from lab to practice

A "valley of death" is well-known to entrepreneurs--the lull between government funding for research and industry support for prototypes and products. [More]
Engineers develop portable radiation detection device to help people all over the world

Engineers develop portable radiation detection device to help people all over the world

Nuclear engineers at Oregon State University have developed a small, portable and inexpensive radiation detection device that should help people all over the world better understand the radiation around them, its type and intensity, and whether or not it poses a health risk. [More]
Research roundup: Role of primary care in reducing readmissions; air transport for wounded soldiers; hospital prices

Research roundup: Role of primary care in reducing readmissions; air transport for wounded soldiers; hospital prices

Follow-up with a primary care provider (PCP) in addition to the surgical team is routinely recommended to patients discharged after major surgery despite no clear evidence that it improves outcomes. [More]
First Edition: June 25, 2014

First Edition: June 25, 2014

Today's headlines include a report about a recent analysis that finds new health plan enrollees are showing high rates of serious health conditions. [More]
Study measures radiation exposure for children with heart disease

Study measures radiation exposure for children with heart disease

Complex heart imaging can increase cancer risks for children throughout their lifetime, according to a new study co-authored by Le Bonheur Cardiologist Jason Johnson, MD, MHS. The study, which appears in the June 9, 2014 issue of the American Heart Association's journal Circulation, is the first in which researchers quantified cumulative radiation doses in pediatric heart patients and predicted lifetime cancer risks based on the types of exposures. [More]
Children who undergo complex imaging tests may have increased risk of cancer

Children who undergo complex imaging tests may have increased risk of cancer

Children with heart disease are exposed to low levels of radiation during X-rays, which do not significantly raise their lifetime cancer risk. [More]
TowerJazz, Genoray collaborate to develop CIS detector for medical diagnostic devices

TowerJazz, Genoray collaborate to develop CIS detector for medical diagnostic devices

TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, and Genoray Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of digital X-ray devices, today announced collaboration on the successful development of a CMOS image sensor (CIS) for medical diagnostic devices such as X-ray equipment, fluoroscopy and radiography. [More]
BabySafe Project offers 10 steps to help pregnant women limit wireless radiation exposure

BabySafe Project offers 10 steps to help pregnant women limit wireless radiation exposure

An international group of doctors and scientific experts is joining with non-profit organizations today to urge pregnant women to limit their exposure to wireless radiation from cell phones and other devices by taking simple steps to protect themselves and their unborn children. [More]
Endocrine Society publishes Clinical Practice Guideline for treatment of rare adrenal tumors

Endocrine Society publishes Clinical Practice Guideline for treatment of rare adrenal tumors

The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for the diagnosis and treatment of two types of rare adrenal tumors - pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas - that can raise the risk of cardiovascular disease and even death if left untreated. [More]
GE Healthcare to supply technetium-99m generators following FDA approval

GE Healthcare to supply technetium-99m generators following FDA approval

Effective from June 1st 2014 and following approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), GE Healthcare today announced the intent to supply generators for the production of sodium pertechnetate; technetium (Tc99m) injection to its radiopharmacies in the US. [More]
New optical approach to brain scanning for patients with electronic implants

New optical approach to brain scanning for patients with electronic implants

Scientists have advanced a brain-scanning technology that tracks what the brain is doing by shining dozens of tiny LED lights on the head. This new generation of neuroimaging compares favorably to other approaches but avoids the radiation exposure and bulky magnets the others require, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. [More]
Comer Children's Hospital offers high-dose radiation therapy for relapsed neuroblastoma

Comer Children's Hospital offers high-dose radiation therapy for relapsed neuroblastoma

The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital has become the first in Illinois to offer pioneering, targeted, high-dose, intravenous radiation therapy for relapsed neuroblastoma and other difficult-to-treat cancers. [More]
Researchers to develop unique technology to help physicians perform ultrasound-guided procedures involving needle placement

Researchers to develop unique technology to help physicians perform ultrasound-guided procedures involving needle placement

Significant funding from NIBIB has enabled researchers to develop a unique technology to help physicians perform ultrasound-guided procedures involving needle placement such as needle biopsies, central line insertion, and local anesthesia. [More]
Misinformation about radiation exposure may result in avoidance of screening mammography

Misinformation about radiation exposure may result in avoidance of screening mammography

Misinformation and misunderstanding about the risks associated with ionizing radiation create heightened public concern and fear, and may result in avoidance of screening mammography that can detect early cancers. [More]
Scientists develop bone marrow-on-a-chip to test effects of new drugs, toxic agents on bone marrow

Scientists develop bone marrow-on-a-chip to test effects of new drugs, toxic agents on bone marrow

The latest organ-on-a-chip from Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering reproduces the structure, functions and cellular make-up of bone marrow, a complex tissue that until now could only be studied intact in living animals, Institute researchers report in the May 4, 2014, online issue of Nature Methods. [More]
GE Healthcare announces commercial availability of new Alzheimer’s diagnostic tool

GE Healthcare announces commercial availability of new Alzheimer’s diagnostic tool

GE Healthcare today announced the first seven markets where Vizamyl (Flutemetamol F18 injection), a radioactive diagnostic agent approved by the FDA will be available. Late in the second quarter of 2014, Vizamyl will be available to imaging centers near East Rutherford, NJ, Woburn, MA, Beltsville, MD, East Lansing, MI, Dallas, TX, Phoenix, AZ and Colton, CA. [More]
Researchers study likely effects of radiation on brain during deep space mission

Researchers study likely effects of radiation on brain during deep space mission

Johns Hopkins scientists report that rats exposed to high-energy particles, simulating conditions astronauts would face on a long-term deep space mission, show lapses in attention and slower reaction times, even when the radiation exposure is in extremely low dose ranges. [More]
BioZorb 3D surgical marker improves ability to target radiation treatment for breast cancer

BioZorb 3D surgical marker improves ability to target radiation treatment for breast cancer

The BioZorb™ three-dimensional surgical marker improved the ability of radiation oncologists to target radiation treatment for breast cancer, according to a scientific presentation at the 2014 American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) Annual Meeting. [More]

Ethics experts issue decision-making guidelines to aid NASA for higher risk human spaceflights

Nearly two years after the conclusion of its space shuttle program left Americans wondering what would become of the spacefaring dreams of decades past, NASA has sought the advice of health and ethics experts for protecting astronauts on its "next generation" of long duration and exploration-class human spaceflights. [More]