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9/19/2018

Survey responses from 8,774 US physicians showed 47% of their compensation was tied to quality or value, even though only 18% felt the payments would improve care or reduce costs. The survey, conducted by Merritt Hawkins, found 78% of physicians had experienced burnout and 79% said patient relationships were the biggest source of job satisfaction.

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Merritt Hawkins
9/19/2018

Clovis Oncology along with CEO Patrick Mahaffy and former Chief Financial Officer Erle Mast agreed to pay more than $20 million to settle allegations that they overstated the efficacy of cancer drug Roci, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Reuters
9/19/2018

A Swedish study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that the PET tracer F-18 flortaucipir yielded 89.9% sensitivity and 90.6% specificity in differentiating individuals with Alzheimer's dementia from those with other neurodegenerative disorders. Researchers also found that all five F-18 flortaucipir regions of interest had higher areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves than the three volumetric MRI measures.

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Alzheimer
9/19/2018

Researchers examined 20 patients with stable coronary artery disease and found that delaying NaF-PET scans by three hours after tracer injection prompted a 92% increase in corrected maximum standardized uptake values and 80% higher target-to-background ratios in coronary plaques on average, resulting in the identification of seven additional coronary lesions, compared with the standard one-hour delay. The findings were published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

9/19/2018

The World Molecular Imaging Congress named MILabs' VECTor6 imaging system with Broadband Photon Tomography technique, which boosts F-18 PET resolution to 0.55 mm and removes positron range effects for rubidium-82 and iodine-124, the recipient of its Commercial Innovation of the Year award. The system also enables simultaneous imaging of multiple PET isotopes and acquisition of temporal and spatial PET/radiotherapy and PET/SPECT images.

9/19/2018

A marketing application was filed with the FDA by Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals for breakthrough therapy-tagged erdafitinib, which is indicated to treat patients with metastatic or locally advanced urothelial cancer and fibroblast growth factor receptor genetic alterations who experienced tumor progression after completing chemotherapy. The submission was backed by data from the midstage BLC2001 trial.

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Seeking Alpha
9/19/2018

Researchers found that 35.4% of radiology residents reported symptoms of burnout during the second year of their residency, the third-lowest rate among residents in 20 medical specialties. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association also showed that career choice regret was reported by 16.7% of radiology residents, which tied for sixth-highest among specialties, but just 6.1% regretted their choice of specialty.

9/19/2018

A study of adverse childhood experiences confirms earlier findings that ACEs are universal but more prevalent among racial minorities and other marginalized groups. The report published in JAMA Pediatrics states that three of five adults have experienced trauma such as parental divorce, incarceration of a family member or personal abuse.

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National Public Radio
9/19/2018

The Lauderdale County, Ala., school system is receiving a $61,000 grant from the state department of education to provide programming to at-risk students after school and during the summer. A social worker will work with the summer program.

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Department of Education
9/19/2018

An initiative through the Queen's Clinically Integrated Physician Network in Hawaii uses a collaborative care model that integrates social workers to make it easier for primary care physicians and psychiatrists to connect with mentally ill patients. "What I think we're starting to understand fundamentally in medicine is, in the end, we want the patient to be part of the team and engaged," said Dr. Dan Morgann.

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Honolulu Civil Beat