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5/20/2019

Social workers are listed as providers for BetterHelp, Talkspace and 7 Cups of Tea, online therapy services listed in this compilation. Such options may remove barriers some people experience in accessing mental health, such as affordability and lack of transportation, writes Chandra Steele.

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PC Magazine
5/20/2019

A Government Accountability Office report found the CMS is not doing enough to ensure the public knows about major changes to Medicaid, particularly the implementation of work rules through Section 1115 waivers. To improve transparency and avoid inconsistencies, the report urges the CMS to create standard transparency rules for new waivers, extension requests and major changes under Section 1115.

5/20/2019

Individuals with high-normal levels of mean fasting plasma glucose before age 20 had greater volume of white matter hyperintensity and less Stroop activation in midlife, an indication of poorer brain health, than those who had low-normal mean FPG levels, according to a study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers analyzed data from the Bogalusa Heart Study involving 1,298 children, ages 3 to 18, and found a significantly greater loss of white matter hyperintensity volume, a trend toward less Stroop activation and less gray matter among those with high-normal FPG values between age 20 to 40, compared with those with low-normal mean FPG.

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Endocrinology Advisor
5/20/2019

Canadian researchers evaluated 5,741 children with diabetes, ages 1 to 17, and found that 25.6% developed diabetic ketoacidosis no more than 3 days after being diagnosed, with DKA incidence rising by 2% each year between 2001 and 2014. The findings in CMAJ Open showed that the highest rates of DKA increase, at 2.7% each year, was observed among children ages 5 to 11.

5/20/2019

Researchers found that people whose diet consisted mostly of highly processed foods had an average weight gain of about 0.9 kilograms over two weeks and consumed around 500 calories more daily, compared with losing that same amount of weight over two weeks after eating a diet of minimally processed foods. The findings were published in the journal Cell Metabolism and based on 20 healthy adults.

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CNN
5/20/2019

Researchers found that between 2004 and 2014, the number of colon cancer cases among adults younger than 50 rose by 1% per year in the UK and by 3% annually in Australia, Canada, Denmark and New Zealand, with the sharpest increase among those ages 20 to 29. However, the findings in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology also showed that during the same period, the number of colon cancer cases among those older than 50 dropped annually by 1% in the UK, 2% in Australia and Canada and 3% in New Zealand.

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5/20/2019

The use of artificial intelligence applications in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging to improve patient care requires more scientific validation, according to a commentary in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. However, researcher Dr. Gerold Porenta wrote that he'd be willing to admit the value of AI imaging technology if it defeats one or more human experts in SNMMI's annual imaging challenge.

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Health Imaging online
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AI, SNMMI
5/20/2019

Researchers found Revlimid, or lenalidomide, to be effective in reducing the risk of progression to organ damage or symptomatic disease in patients with smoldering multiple myeloma, according to data disclosed at a press briefing before the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting. The late-stage trial involved patients who were randomized to either receive lenalidomide plus 325 mg of aspirin every day or observation, and roughly half the treatment group achieved objective response to the therapy.

5/20/2019

Scientists from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Moffitt Cancer Center studied how BCL2 inhibitor resistance evolves in B-cell lymphomas in response to venetoclax, or ABT-199, specifically in double-hit lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma. The findings were reported in the journal Cancer Cell.

5/20/2019

The Medscape Physician Wealth and Debt Report 2019 found that 49% of US radiologists have a net worth of at least $2 million, the highest along with plastic surgeons and orthopedic specialists among 29 medical specialties. The poll also showed that 39% of radiologists had mortgages exceeding $500,000, and 19% were still in the process of completing school loan payments.

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Radiology Business