Individuals with mild cognitive impairment, especially those with positive cerebrospinal fluid markers signifying Alzheimer's disease, had worse performance in a virtual reality navigation task, compared with those who were cognitively healthy, UK researchers reported in the journal Brain. The findings also showed that the VR test better distinguished low-risk MCI patients from high-risk ones, compared with standard cognitive tests.
Researchers found that prior hematologic malignancies were linked to the development of aerodigestive tract cancer, sinosanal cancer, salivary gland cancer, thyroid cancer, oral cavity cancer, oropharynx cancer and larynx cancer. The findings in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery also showed worse two- and five-year overall survival rates for head and neck cancer subsites among those with previous hematologic malignancies.
RefleXion Medical submitted an application with the FDA seeking 510(k) clearance for its biology-guided radiotherapy technology, which uses PET radiotracer emissions to enable targeted radiotherapy for cancers. The company also opened a 50,000-square-foot production facility in Hayward, Calif., to manufacture the system.
Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco found that thoracic imaging discussions between diagnostic radiologists and radiation oncologists resulted in radiation oncology management changes in 68.9% of all cases shown at diagnostic radiology/radiation oncology rounds and 31.1% of cases shown at multidisciplinary thoracic tumor boards. The findings in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology also showed that diagnostic radiologist participation improved radiation oncology management confidence in 95.6% of cases shown at DR/RORs.
A panel of people with visual impairments discussed their experiences Wednesday to help health care professionals understand their patients with low vision or no vision. Jon Sharpe, a clinical social worker who has been blind since he was 16, said losing your vision can affect mental health because people don't want to give up their independence.
Black students and LGBT students face growing mental health challenges as schools' resources dwindle, writes American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California attorney Amir Whitaker. "[L]ack of counselors, social workers, nurses, and psychologists, coupled with the rise in school police, has created a school environment that neglects our students' needs," writes Whitaker.
Hire Ground picks up individuals who are homeless and offers them the opportunity to do a day labor job, where they will receive a lunch and $50 at the end of the day, along with speaking to a social worker. One participant ended up having a permanent job after participating in the program.
Insurance-quote websites are paying millions of dollars to rank high on Google when people search for keywords relating to the Affordable Care Act, writes Sarah Gantz. She notes that this practice has led to people buying health insurance plans that offer much less coverage than what they thought they were getting.
The total number of drug-patent settlements with restrictions on market entry of a generic and possible compensation rose from 14 agreements in 2015 to 30 in 2016, while the number of pay-for-delay deals declined over the period, according to a Federal Trade Commission report.
A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health showed that adolescents, especially boys, who were exposed to more adverse childhood experiences had increased odds of engaging in violent behaviors, and boys had a higher likelihood of reporting sexual abuse, physical neglect and violence victimization as children, compared with girls. Researchers also found that accumulative childhood trauma was more likely to result in increased depressive symptoms among girls.