Molecular imaging technology is showing promise as a technique for earlier disease diagnosis, more accurate prediction of the spread of disease and better understanding of the effects of drugs on the body. The technique, which enables a deeper view into tissue and chemical activity within the body than conventional imaging such as MRI, was developed by VisEn Medical, which is collaborating with pharmaceutical firms such as Merck and Eli Lilly. VisEn is applying for FDA permission to test the method on humans.
A new study indicates when previously uninsured and chronically ill people acquire Medicare coverage, they have 51% greater medical expenditures than those who had insurance. The increased use of services, most prevalent among patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes, continues until at least age 72.
Federal judges today will hear the case between Boston Scientific Corp. and Alfred Mann, the billionaire head of Advanced Bionics who stayed on when Boston Scientific bought the company in 2004. Boston Scientific has tried to force Mann's resignation, citing mismanagement, but the ouster has been blocked by an injunction brought by Mann, who claims the move violates their agreement that he would continue to head the subsidiary unit after the acquisition.
Some hospitals are creating living quarters for husbands, wives, parents and other kin in intensive-care units. The shift in policy recognizes the active role that family members can play in patient care and recovery, despite previous concerns about interference with medical procedures. Hospitals are expected to spend an estimated $200 billion to improve ICU facilities for family stays in the next 10 years.