The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded NTP Radioisotopes, a unit of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa, a contract worth $25 million for the production of the medical isotope molybdenum-99 using low-enriched uranium. NTP Radioisotopes will be working with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation in this initiative.
The health industry recently has begun to deal with the millions of tons of medical waste it produces each year, mainly as a way to help reduce costs. Practice Greenhealth is vetting sustainable practices for reducing waste from one of the biggest suppliers, the operating room, and hospitals are looking at donating unused supplies for green projects and recycling.
Dutch researchers monitored more than 1,000 coronary heart disease patients and found that those who also were diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder were at a 74% greater risk for heart attack, stroke and death. The increased risk may be attributed to the surges in the catecholamine hormones associated with heart risks or to a possible common underlying factor that raises both anxiety and heart risks, the researchers said.
The health insurance mandate is protected by the Commerce Clause that gives the U.S. government authority over commerce between states, Justice Department attorney Ian Gershengorn argued on Thursday at the first hearing of a lawsuit filed by Virginia against the health reform legislation. Moreover, allowing state laws to pre-empt federal laws would mean giving states the power to refuse participation in other government programs such as the military draft or U.S. Census, Gershengorn said.
Ohio-based Cardinal Health is warning that shortages of technetium-99 could reach critically low levels for the remainder of May. Relief for the industry is in sight, however, with the Chalk River reactor in Ontario and the High Flux Reactor in Petten, Netherlands, slated to restart molybdenum-99 production in mid-summer.