Individuals with Parkinson's disease had 10 times lower levels of Lactococcus, a bacteria that produces neurotransmitters, due to lactococcal bacteriophages, or gut bacteria-infecting viruses, as well as significantly reduced Streptococcus and Lactobacillus bacteria, compared with healthy controls, according to a study presented at the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting. The findings suggest that bacteriophages may be linked to Parkinson's disease, but more studies are needed, researchers said.
NorthStar Medical Technologies, in partnership with several laboratories and institutions, has carried out initial production scale-up testing of actinium-225, a radiotracer that may be used as targeted alpha therapy for HIV and some cancers, said James Harvey, NorthStar senior vice president and chief science officer. Harvey said scale-up efforts to address supply issues of Ac-225 and the related bismuth-213 radioisotope, as well as to commercially produce Ac-225 and advance clinical research, are underway.
A new version of Bruker's ParaVision 360 preclinical imaging software, which is capable of providing simultaneous or sequential PET/MRI measurements and analysis, was introduced at the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine's annual meeting.
America must respond to a growing overall suicide rate and to recent data showing alarmingly high incidence of despondency and suicidal thoughts among teens, two experts on health policy assert. Actions should include integrating behavioral health into primary care, reducing access to guns and drugs, and fighting discrimination and bullying in schools.
As controversy swirls around the government's failure to keep track of nearly 1,500 children who crossed the US border last year, a news investigation finds that states have closed their files on at least 61,000 children in foster care listed as missing. The figure, covering the past 18 years, excludes 53,000 classified as runaways.
The opioid epidemic has led to a rise in the number of traumatized and impoverished students at a time when budgets already are overstretched for other needs. Battles over teacher pay have taken place in some of the states hardest hit by addiction.
The latest of a series of negative reviews of Indiana's child welfare system will get action, Gov. Eric Holcomb promised to put $25 million toward raises for DCS workers and pledged to start implementing the report's recommendations. The review cited high caseloads, high turnover and "a culture of fear," among other problems.
HealtheConnect Alaska has implemented an updated enterprise master patient index solution to improve the accuracy of patient EHR matching and the health data exchange services of the health information exchange. The EMPI solution will also allow the HIE to access prescription-drug monitoring programs, enabling providers to search for patient EHRs and access a patient's prescription and controlled-substance history.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted to recommend a 30% payment cut for some off-campus emergency departments in urban areas to slow their growth. It also endorsed a Medicare payment model that would allow payments for emergency services at certain rural hospitals that switch from full-service to outpatient-only care.
Getting credentialed to accept insurance reimbursement can take months and begins with providing information to the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare for insurer review, said registered dietitian nutritionist Krista Ulatowski. The contracting process will include setting reimbursement rates and outlining policies for filing claims, and Ulatowski said it is recommended that dietitians apply to more than one insurer to help ensure acceptance.