Sigmoidoscopy screening was associated with a 34% reduced risk of colon cancer and a 37% lower risk of death in men over 17 years, but women did not see improvements in either measure, compared with not getting tested, researchers wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo of the University of California at San Francisco wrote in an editorial that the reason for the disparity may be gender differences in how colon cancer progresses.
UK researchers found that hospitals identified dementia in 48.7% of inpatients recently diagnosed with the disease in 2008 and in 61.5% of these patients in 2016, and throughout the study period, dementia was recognized among 63.3% of inpatients who had ever been diagnosed with the disease. The findings in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association also showed that dementia was more likely to be missed among ethnic minority patients and those who were single, younger and had worse physical illnesses.
A study presented at the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology conference found that short- and long-term mortality of patients with stage 1 inoperable non-small cell lung cancer may be predicted by gauging their handgrip strength. Researchers from the MAASTRO Clinic in the Netherlands assessed 226 patients and found those with a weaker handgrip were 52% more likely to die during the next five years, compared with those who had a strong handgrip.
SHINE Medical Technologies has partnered with Rock Creek Innovations to spearhead instrumentation and control protection systems development and implementation for its radioisotope plant in Janesville, Wis. Rock Creek developed the Highly Integrated Protection System, a breakthrough I&C protection system platform that leverages analog and digital control systems, which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved for use in nuclear power plants' safety-related applications.
All medical devices, rather than only medical imaging technologies, will be covered by the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance's NEMA American National Standard for Servicing of Medical Imaging Devices after a review of stakeholder feedback. The standard encourages medical device servicers to consider operational, performance and safety factors of devices, according to MITA.
The Naperville school district in Illinois has decided to hire more special education staff including social workers, special education teachers, and psychologists for the 2018-2019 school year. "For every 500 students, we should have approximately one school psychologist," notes Christine Igoe, assistant superintendent for student services.
The national opioid epidemic has led the number of children in foster care to increase more than 10% between 2012 and 2016. Social workers are "overwhelmed by the volume of cases, the lack of treatment resources, and the sheer magnitude of the problem," which in turn is creating "high stress, burnout and turnover," according to a research brief from the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
A new bill in the California legislature would help foster children entering college by giving them greater access to the Cal Grant. The bill would allow current or previous foster care children to complete college in eight years instead of four and would extend the enrollment window until they are 26.
Understanding of pregnancy's emotional consequences, such as social isolation, anxiety and depression, has greatly increased in recent years, says clinical social worker Lauren Gourley. However, "many of the women who come see me in my private practice pick up the phone after six to nine months of suffering in silence," she noted.
Due to the rising death toll from opioid drugs, there has been recent support in New York City to open the first supervised injection facilities in the US. However, delays on a city feasibility study have been an obstacle to advancing the effort.