Elizabeth Rula was selected as the new executive director of the ACR's Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute effective Aug. 1. Rula's work "will support strategic initiatives and innovation, build market credibility, inform health policy and establish strong, evidence-based value propositions for radiology," ACR CEO Dr. William Thorwarth Jr. said.
Academic institutions can strengthen their residency interview process amid the COVID-19 pandemic by creating an active online presence to disseminate information to applicants, adopting more screening tools to enhance the selection of applicants, and developing virtual department visits that facilitate information sharing, according to a study in Academic Radiology. "Implementing these recommendations is likely to improve outcomes for both applicants and programs during the 2020-2021 interview season and beyond," researchers wrote.
The FDA is poised to restart on-site imaging inspections that have been deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning the week of July 20, but resumption of inspections will be dependent on state and local virus trajectory data, rules and guidelines, and public transportation availability. FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said all visits will be preannounced, and all investigators will have personal protective equipment for safety.
Health care workers treating patients with coronavirus are at risk of vicarious trauma, and it could lead to a generation of clinicians who experience post-traumatic stress disorder, says licensed social worker Ellen Fink-Samnick. Professionals can manage such trauma by participating in fulfilling activities and finding something positive to focus on, she says.
Koalas are highly susceptible to chlamydia, a single-celled bacterium that behaves like a virus and also infects humans and other mammals as well as fish, birds and amphibians. A combined chlamydia and koala retrovirus vaccine is being tested in wild koalas, and if it succeeds, it could improve both the species' survival odds and human health.
A growing number of people in cities and suburban towns across the US raise poultry and livestock, and regular veterinary care is needed to ensure the safety of these animals and the people who own them, according to a survey published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. "Due to the potential for public health issues and the spread of zoonotic disease, veterinary professionals need increased training and better awareness of the health and welfare of these animals," said veterinarian Alda Pires, one of the study's leaders.
A flatter profile of the stress hormone cortisol, versus natural fluctuations throughout the day, was associated with an increased blood glucose level among patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology. The researchers said stress hormones may also play a significant role in diabetes prevention, and they are conducting further studies about the link between cortisol and the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
A study in Diabetologia found that fasting blood glucose of 7.0 mmol/L or higher at admission was an independent predictor for 28-day mortality among COVID-19 patients with no previous diagnosis of diabetes. Based on data from 605 COVID-19 patients with no pre-existing diabetes, the findings showed 28-day mortality was twice as high for those with a fasting blood glucose of 6.1-6.9 mmol/L and more than threefold higher for those with fasting blood glucose of 7.0 mmol/L or greater, compared with patients with normal glucose.
Some pharmaceutical companies working on a COVID-19 vaccine have said they will not take a profit from it, but it is unclear what that means. Lawmakers are skeptical and while some want a nonprofit guarantee from vaccine-makers, some Democrats are proposing a framework to keep profits modest and the government's costs manageable without out-of-pocket costs for the public.
The US Supreme Court's October schedule, released Monday, does not include oral arguments in a Republican-led case seeking to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. That suggests the case likely will not be heard before the November presidential election.
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