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4/15/2021

The Department of the Treasury has announced its creation of the Office of Recovery Programs, which will be responsible for overseeing all economic pandemic relief programs, according to Reuters. A Treasury Department official said one of the office's tasks will be to ensure equitable access to relief across the country. The new office will be led by Jacob Leibenluft, a counselor to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who said it would seek input from communities to be able to "swiftly implement relief for those who need it most."

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4/15/2021

The CDT 2021: Current Dental Terminology e-book and CDT 2021 App have the latest additions and changes to codes, including the eight new COVID-19-related procedure codes covering vaccinations and molecular testing. The 2021 edition includes 36 new codes, 7 revised codes and 4 deleted codes. Dentists are eligible to give vaccines in many states, so this is an additional service you can provide to your patients.

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4/15/2021

Dr. Ezequiel Silva III, FACR, former chair of the American College of Radiology Commission on Economics, was appointed chair of the American Medical Association/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee, also known as the RUC. Silva is the first radiologist to be named to the position. "The RUC's foremost task is to ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care possible and that physicians have the resources to provide that care," Silva wrote on the ACR Voice of Radiology Blog.

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4/15/2021

The American Board of Radiology should allow radiology residents to take a 12-week family medical leave, in addition to four weeks of annual vacation leave, while they are under training, physicians wrote in an editorial published in Radiology. The editorial was endorsed by several imaging groups, including the ACR Young and Early Career Professional Section. "The above recommended policy would represent an opportunity for the ABR to be a trailblazer among medical specialties with an approach that maintains high standards of clinical training and truly promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as physician well-being, all of which will ultimately positively impact patient care," the authors wrote.

4/15/2021

The CDC reports that around 77 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and about 5,800 of them have been infected with the virus that causes the disease. Seventy-four people who were fully vaccinated died from the disease, 396 required hospitalization, and people age 60 and older accounted for more than 40% of the breakthrough infections.

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4/15/2021

Researchers found that although most health care providers who use picture archiving and communications systems to access radiology reports and images said PACS helped improve their workday, many also said average users find PACS difficult to navigate. The findings, published in the Journal of Digital Imaging, showed that the issues cited by the respondents, including speed, incorrect locations and complexity, may be attributed to a lack of formal training and education. "Research should focus on determining which learning tools are most effective and best suit the clinician's workflow," study authors wrote.

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4/15/2021

While the dangers of chronic exposure to stress -- such as risk of depression, memory impairment and heart disease -- are known, there are some surprising benefits associated with everyday, low-level stress, experts tell Forbes. A study in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology found increased reaction times in an attention test response among participants who were subjected to minor stressors, and a survey by the American Psychological Association of 2,000 people found those who reported no minor stress over an eight-day period did worse on a cognitive test. "Learning how to cope with challenge is very necessary and it can have positive outcomes, especially if you overcome it," said Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at New York's Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

4/15/2021

It's probably not a problem if the family dog munches on a few cicadas, but cicadas are large enough to be a choking hazard, and dogs that eat too many of the crunchy insects can develop gastrointestinal distress and may need anti-nausea and anti-diarrhea medicines, says veterinarian Devon Smith. Training pets to leave something alone on command can protect them from cicada overload, Dr. Smith says.

4/15/2021

North Carolina social worker Rebecca Sorensen started a flower farm with her son, Raimee Sorensen, with the goal of showing the skills he offers while also not allowing his life to be defined solely by autism and epilepsy diagnoses.
Living and working at the farm makes it easier to build connections and friendships, which can otherwise be difficult, Rebecca Sorensen says.

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4/15/2021

A panel of CDC advisers decided to postpone a vote on whether the US government should call for states to resume the use of Johnson & Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, in order to gather more safety information. The vote could be delayed by at least a week as the panel investigates six rare blood clot incidents linked to the vaccine.

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