United Imaging is showcasing its uMI 550, uMI 780 and uEXPLORER digital high-resolution PET/CT imaging devices, as well as its uPMR 790 digital high-resolution PET scanner with advanced 3T MR, all of which feature uEXPLORER technology, at the SNMMI Annual Meeting.
People tend to offer support for about three days after a person loses a loved one, then they withdraw, says palliative care social worker Serena Lewis. "We have to evolve and recognize that there is no finite time -- families will grieve the loss of a relationship forever," she says.
Social worker Malissa Hale and her husband, Dean Hale, have fostered more than 100 children in New York over the past 12 years, while also raising their two daughters. Malissa Hale encourages people to be aware that children needing foster care are often already in their lives, giving examples such as their own children's schools or athletic teams.
The opioid crisis and increasing use of social media are among new challenges school social workers see children face, say school social workers Peg Barrett and Joan Conti. "If you have a relationship with the kids and you're going to be accessible and nonjudgmental, and caring and loving, everybody will come in who needs to talk," Conti says.
New York City will assign 85 licensed clinical social workers to assist students in crisis, helping children through emotional distress and setting them up with providers for long-term help. Additionally, schools will implement social-emotional learning practices to teach students how to resolve conflict, maintain positive relationships and embrace diversity, among other skills.
Chinese investigators found that patients who maintained employment during the six months prior to hemodialysis initiation and had a better chance of survival. Results from the study were reported online in the Clinical Kidney Journal.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas have agreed to provide preferred coverage for Vermillion's OVA1 ovarian cancer test as an in-network covered test. The proteomic test, designed to aid in assessing the presence of ovarian cancer risk in patients with pelvic mass and whether these patients need referral to a gynecologic oncologist, is now available to 167 million individuals with the addition of the insurers' 6 million members.
The FDA has approved Vyleesi, a treatment developed by Amag Pharmaceuticals and Palatin Technologies to restore sexual desire in premenopausal women. Amag will give Palatin $60 million for the regulatory approval and additional payments for milestones and royalties.
The number of patients paying for low-value healthcare services, including vitamin D screening and unnecessary testing and lab work ahead of low-risk surgery, is declining slowly, according to a report from the Research Consortium for Health Care Value Assessment. Spending on high-value services including flu vaccines and HIV drugs is increasing and is a "positive indicator" analysts said.
Patient-centered care is discussed often and the focus should be on control, convenience, comfort and confidence, writes Joseph Smith, president and CEO of Reflexion Health. Patients are more motivated when they feel they are in control, Smith writes.