Drs. Michael Lee, Michael Otte and Syed Zaidi were appointed to two-year terms effective Dec. 1 on the ACR's bipartisan Radiology Advocacy Alliance Political Action Committee. The ACR also announced that Dr. Amy Patel will serve an additional two-year term, and Drs. Jennifer Buckley and Teresa Martin-Carreras, both residents, were appointed to one-year terms.
Ohio health system Summa Health used artificial intelligence and analytics solutions to increase the number of patients with lung nodules who were identified for follow-up of incidental findings and help radiologists produce high-quality reports. The technology also helped the health system establish organizational best practices to curb overdiagnosis, allowing the multidisciplinary team to weigh "additional and potentially risky testing or procedures for conditions that may be benign and could cause harm for conditions that would not lead to morbidity or mortality if they were never detected," said Sandy Kohut, Summa Health's lead lung navigator.
Daiichi Sankyo's Vanflyta, or quizartinib, is now being sold in Japan to patients with relapsed/refractory FLT3-ITD acute myeloid leukemia, becoming a direct competitor of Astellas Pharma's Xospata. Daiichi also plans to introduce Vanflyta in the US once it gains the FDA's approval.
A genomewide association study in the journal Blood identified four genetic variants in patients with Down syndrome associated with higher rates of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. One of the variants identified was for IKZF1, a gene involved in the development of B cells.
A study of 38,723 people with type 2 diabetes found the SGLT2 inhibitors canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin were associated with reduced risk for kidney disease-related mortality, dialysis or transplantation. The findings, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, showed that SGLT2 inhibitor use was also associated with reduced risk for acute kidney injury and end-stage kidney disease.
A study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found women receiving dialysis treatment become pregnant at rates higher than previously thought, and their live birth rate is lower than that of the general population. "For every 1,000 women on dialysis each year, pregnancies occurred in 18 women, so pregnancy is not uncommon in women who are on dialysis," said researcher Dr. Silvi Shah of the University of Cincinnati.
A CDC study in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed that the US had low flu activity between May 19 and Sept. 28, with influenza A and B viruses circulating, but the Southern Hemisphere had wide circulation of seasonal flu viruses, particularly influenza A(H3). Researchers wrote that it is too early to determine the upcoming season's circulating viruses and severity, but all people ages 6 months and older without contraindications should receive a flu vaccine.
College students are experiencing food insecurity at least in part due to rising tuition costs and housing costs. A survey found that 36% of University of Oregon students reported food insecurity and 56% experienced a form of basic-needs insecurity.
Social work students help provide free mental health services to Latino students at the University of Georgia through a clinic created by professor Edward Anthony Delgado-Romero. The clinic recently changed its name to La Clinica in LaK'ech, which comes from a Mayan greeting that means "you are my other me."
Research into mental illness and funding resources significantly neglect American Indian populations, says professor Joseph Gone of Harvard University. Gone provided information about historical trauma faced by American Indian communities and the "context of colonization" in a seminar.