Analysis of commercial claims data found parentally insured, compared to self-insured, young women (aged 18 to 25), were less likely to receive a reproductive health service/chlamydia testing using their parent's insurance. Being insured via a parent may introduce concerns about confidentiality which affect receipt of these health services.
To determine the effect of prone sleeping on cerebral oxygenation in preterm infants in the NICU, this study compared extremely preterm (gestational age 24 weeks to 28 weeks) and very preterm (29 weeks to 34 weeks) infants sleeping in prone and supine positions. In extremely preterm infants, prone sleeping was associated with increased cerebral fractional oxygen extraction (CFOE) in the first week of life, suggestive of reduced cerebral blood flow. Position-related differences in CFOE were not seen until the fifth week of life in the very preterm infants. Further studies are needed to determine whether prone positioning increases the risk of cerebral injury in early postnatal life.
Researchers who used PET found that human lung cancer specimens had abnormally elevated levels of sodium-dependent glucose transporter 2, indicating its role in glucose transport to premalignant lesions and during early tumor growth. The findings in Science Translational Medicine suggest that SGLT2 may be used as a biomarker to enable earlier detection of lung cancer.
The worldwide supply of molybdenum-99 is expected to stabilize over the next several weeks as the High Flux Reactor in the Netherlands and the Open Pool Australian Lightwater nuclear reactor have resumed operations and are expected to reach normal Mo-99 production this week. Meanwhile, NTP Radioisotopes' South Africa-based Pelindaba Nuclear Plant, which has finished functionality tests, is awaiting approval from the country's National Nuclear Regulator to begin Mo-99 production runs.
Children with chemotherapy-resistant liver cancer who underwent transarterial radioembolization with yttrium-90 had median survival of 12.5 months from first diagnosis and four months following TARE-Y90, with eight of nine children having stable disease according to RECIST 1.1 criteria and four of seven having stable disease based on mRECIST criteria, according to a study in Pediatric Blood & Cancer. However, more studies are needed to determine which pediatric patients would get the most benefit from TARE-Y90, researchers said.
Cardinal Health has joined Lantheus Medical Imaging, Blue Earth Diagnostics, Advanced Accelerator Applications, Jubilant DraxImage and Siemens Healthineers in the SNMMI Value Initiative Industry Alliance. The program seeks to advance appropriate and effective nuclear medicine, radionuclide therapy and molecular imaging use to optimize patient care.
An initial shipment of iodine-131 from the University of Missouri Research Reactor has been received by International Isotopes as part of a long-term supply deal with the reactor. International Isotopes President and CEO Steve Laflin said the company intends to make the reactor one of its main suppliers of I-131, which is used in treating hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.
The healthcare sector must put an end to EHR "abuse," which is causing physicians to spend more time on data entry and other administrative tasks than on direct patient care, resulting in physician burnout, says Dr. Barbara McAneny, president of the American Medical Association. McAneny also noted that "much of the EHR technology is dysfunctional" and that providers "just want technology that works."
Blockchain technology holds promise for connecting and defining relationships among insurers, employers and patients, solving persistent challenges like real-time payment accuracy, administrative costs and substandard outcomes, says Pradeep Goel, CEO of Solve.Care. Real-time, transparent communication could mitigate fraud, streamline verification and other processes and support care coordination.
Two studies in the journal Cell Host & Microbe found that maternal cases of Zika and dengue virus infection were associated with increased risks among children. The first found that children whose mothers had a history of Zika infection had more severe dengue symptoms, and the second found that maternal-fetal transmission of Zika was more likely among women with a history of dengue infection.