Room-service food programs are common at big, urban hospitals but smaller facilities like Illinois Valley Community Hospital find they also can adopt patient-centered nutrition services. The hospital's food service provider, Sodexo, launched the "At Your Request Room Service" program this spring, and dietitian Brittany Moutray said it gives patients flexibility to have meals on a schedule similar to what they do at home.
A hybrid multiplexing network using both resistive charge and capacitive charge divisions combined with simplified time-based readout electronics yielded good energy and time resolution as well as uniform pulse shapes across all silicon photomultiplier-based PET detectors, compared with resistive and capacitive networks alone, South Korean researchers reported in Physics in Medicine and Biology. The findings suggest the approach may be effective in "simplifying the PET readout electronics with minimal system performance degradation," said researcher Guen Bae Ko.
Research presented at the International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders showed how an online visual test may identify Parkinson's disease patients at highest risk of dementia. Up to half of these patients develop dementia within 10 years, and studies have found those with visual processing problems to be at higher risk.
A team of five licensed clinical social workers and five nurses will augment behavioral health services at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont. Primary care physicians will refer patients to the team to determine whether mental health services are needed.
Connecticut's Department of Children and Families is increasingly providing in-home help with drug issues, parenting skills and other needs as an alternative to child removal for suspected mistreatment. Family-Based Recovery reflects a strategy shift that's part of a national trend.
By slashing Medicaid and allowing states to free insurers from covering mental health and addiction, the Senate health bill would worsen America's opioid crisis, commentator Megan Molteni asserts. Medicaid is the largest payer for mental health and substance abuse treatment in a nation where 2.5 million people are dealing with opioid addiction, she writes.
Texas child welfare officials are in for administrative challenges under a new law allowing religious exemptions for child welfare contractors, writes John Kelly of The Chronicle of Social Change. The state's Department of Family and Protective Services "will have its hands full making sure the protections in this bill are lived up to. And if they are not -- if sexually active teens are not given say in medical decisions, if LGBT youth aren't provided appropriate counseling or peer opportunities -- there is no doubt the agency will see legal challenges," he writes.
Missouri now has a Foster Care Bill of Rights with an emphasis on protection from sexual predators. Among the provisions is a ban on proximity to children's museums for people convicted of sex crimes against children.
Children with Crohn's disease who developed perianal disease had significantly shorter times to biological treatment initiation, a higher risk of hospitalization and a higher risk of developing complicated disease at 8.5 years follow-up than those without perianal disease, Israeli researchers reported in the journal Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. The findings also showed a 3.4 times increased risk of developing perianal fistulae among those with nonfistulizing perianal disease, compared with those without perianal disease.
Loving Pets is recalling specific lots of dog treats that might be contaminated with salmonella, including Barksters, Puffsters and Whole Hearted air-puffed treats. The treats can be returned to the place of purchase.