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10/19/2018

Novartis is seeking to expand its radiopharmaceutical business with a $2.1 billion acquisition of Endocyte, which develops the Lu-177-PSMA-617 investigational radioligand therapy for patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.

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10/19/2018

RefleXion will showcase its novel biology-guided radiotherapy technology, which is used with FDG-PET scans to send radiation to tumors through the tracer's emission pathways, at the American Society for Radiation Oncology meeting.

10/19/2018

Siemens Healthineers' Biograph Vision RT Pro edition PET/CT scanner for radiation therapy treatment planning will be unveiled at the American Society for Radiation Oncology meeting. The Biograph Vision RT Pro includes a new detector to provide better resolution, as well as PET/CT respiratory gating and other features to better manage respiratory motion in RT treatment planning.

10/19/2018

Child Protective Services caseworkers in Sonoma County, Calif., have spoken at multiple Board of Supervisors meetings about how staff shortages increase risks to children. Wildfires in October 2017 added to stress levels and housing problems, said county Supervisor Shirlee Zane.

10/19/2018

Free meals, food pantries and intensive mentoring with staff are among the ways Wisconsin's School District of La Crosse deals with rising numbers of homeless students. "It can be just so overwhelming, as a professional, much less for a family who is in that crisis," said Alicia Place, the school district's homeless liaison and community services coordinator.

10/19/2018

A Massachusetts school system is probing the roots of classroom disruption by employing four Social Emotional Learning Support Specialists for elementary pupils. The specialists, including a social worker, address rising anxiety that may reflect home issues such as trauma and drug abuse, Billerica Public Schools leaders said.

10/19/2018

Nebraska's child welfare agency plans to build relationships with community support networks to augment caseworker services to families as it revises procedures following federal criticism. The approach is part of an improvement package called Safety Organized Practice that the Division of Children and Family Services intends to implement in January after gathering public input.

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10/19/2018

CDC researchers report that during the 2017-2018 flu season, only 49.1% of pregnant women were given influenza vaccination before or during pregnancy, and only 54.4% of those who had live births received Tdap immunization during gestation. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed higher vaccine coverage among those whose providers offered vaccination, while nonvaccination was attributed to flu vaccine efficacy concerns and inadequate awareness of the need for Tdap vaccination during pregnancy.

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10/19/2018

Researchers reviewed data from the Nurses' Health Study and the Nurses' Health Study II and found that patients who regularly used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin, but not acetaminophen, had a higher risk of microscopic colitis, compared with those who never used the drugs. The findings, presented at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting, showed the increase in the risk correlated with the cumulative duration of using the drugs.

10/19/2018

Dietary tweaks using certain vegetables and healthy fats can increase levels of serotonin, which is linked to better mood, said registered dietitian nutritionist Michelle Smith. RDN Michelle Olsen said skipping meals can adversely affect mood and leave people open to stress and the temptation to eat unhealthy foods.

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