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  • 07.14.11

    New cancers in the family may merit extra screening

    Reuters | Frederik Joelving

    Keeping your doctor up-to-date on cancers in your family could put you on the fast track to screening tests, according to a study that takes a new stab at personalizing preventive medicine. Researchers found that from age 30 to age 50, the number of people who would be candidates for early colon cancer screening based on family history jumped from two to seven percent.

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  • 07.12.11

    Colorectal Cancer Mortality Reductions Vary by U.S. Region

    AuntMinnie | Eric Barnes

    Progress against colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality varies substantially by geographic region in the U.S., and different regional screening rates may be behind the differences, according to a new study in the July issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention.

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  • 07.8.11

    Kerry lauds Baucus for medical imaging help

    Boston Globe | Tracy Jan

    WASHINGTON – US Senator John Kerry today thanked Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus for helping shield Massachusetts medical companies from millions of dollars of budget cuts.

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  • 07.6.11

    Colon cancer deaths, new cases drop

    USA Today | Mary Brophy Marcus

    Colon cancer screening is up, and new cases and deaths from the country’s No. 2 cancer killer are down, a new study shows.

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  • 06.29.11

    Longest-ever mammography study finds more lives saved than expected

    DOTMed | Brendon Nafziger

    The longest-running screening mammography study in history, which followed women in Sweden for almost three decades, suggests it could prevent more deaths than previously thought and that these benefits increase with time. The results, published online Tuesday in the journal Radiology, add a new twist to a long-running debate on the effectiveness of screening.

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  • 06.23.11

    Study finds autistic toddlers’ brains out of sync

    Reuters | Kate Kelland

    Researchers studying autistic toddlers have discovered their brain activity appears to be out of sync at a very early stage — a finding that sheds light on the biology of the condition and might help in earlier diagnosis. In research published in the journal Neuron, scientists in Israel used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to look at the brains of sleeping toddlers and found that certain types of neural activity are disrupted in autistic children, but not in typical children or in others with delayed language development.

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  • 06.15.11

    Get PET and MRI scans at the same time — FDA says it’s OK

    The Los Angeles Times | Melissa Cevallos

    Score one for efficiency, or potential efficiency. The FDA has approved a machine that performs — at the same time — both an MRI and a PET scan, two procedures doctors use to peer into the body. The agency gave approval for the two-in-one diagnostic tool, made by Siemens, on Friday.

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  • 06.9.11

    Medical Device Companies Bang the Drum Over ACO Dangers

    DOTMed | Brendon Nafziger

    Medical device companies are warning Medicare to make sure its forthcoming accountable care organization model ensures doctors aren’t rewarded for using lower cost devices or stinting on patient care. In letters sent this week to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Inspector General’s office of the Department of Health and Human Services, the medical device lobby AdvaMed called for stronger oversight of ACO programs and guidelines so early adopters of technology don’t get penalized.

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  • 06.8.11

    Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Bill Hits the Ground Running

    Diagnostic Imaging | Todd Neff

    A bipartisan bill to set minimum education and certification standards for technical personnel providing, planning and delivering Medicare-funded medical imaging and radiation therapy treatments is moving through Congress.

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  • 06.7.11

    Alzheimer’s Disease Screening Coming to a Corner Near You?

    The Los Angeles Times | Shari Roan

    Alzheimer’s disease is progressive and incurable, but doctors say there is still value in having the disease diagnosed as early as possible. Drugs can be taken to treat some of the symptoms of the disease, they say. And just knowing that you have the disease can help with planning for the future. PET scans that show the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease by detecting a protein in the brain called beta-amyloid will reach the marketplace within a year, researchers reported Monday at the annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. While scientists work out the best way to conduct screening for the disease, consumers will need to decide if they want to have a brain scan.

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