The future of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging largely depends on the early recruitment of medical students into the specialty, and SNMMI has updated its bylaws to provide medical students memberships and meeting and seminar opportunities, and also has developed a program that offers summer research funding to first- and second-year medical students, SNMMI President Dr. Vasken Dilsizian said in his presidential address at the SNMMI virtual annual meeting. Dilsizian also said the field's interdisciplinary nature makes referring physicians crucial to the specialty's future success.
The sudden change to the way we live and the inability to be with friends and loved ones during the pandemic can be traumatic in part because there's no end in sight, says licensed clinical social worker Shari Botwin. She discusses the trauma on health care workers and offers advice for protecting mental health.
Heavy rain in southern China has contributed to outbreaks of African swine fever virus, according to a survey of small producers, corporate farmers, traders and slaughterhouses in 20 provinces. Analysts say the virus may be spreading through groundwater contaminated with the carcasses of dead pigs farmers have buried.
A study in PLOS Medicine found that women with high hemoglobin A1C during preconception had an increased risk of severe maternal morbidity and even death during pregnancy or postpartum regardless of their diabetes status. The findings, based on data from 31,225 women, also showed that the association between high hemoglobin A1C preconception and SMM or maternal death risk remained even after adjustments for body mass index, chronic hypertension and pre-pregnancy serum creatinine.
The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill allocating a $3.2 billion budget for the FDA, sending the measure to the full House for consideration. The legislation includes a provision that would "give FDA legal authority to require the recall of unsafe prescription and over-the-counter drugs," the committee said.
Colorado is among the states cutting health care spending to address budget shortfalls related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. States such as Kansas and California have responded by delaying plans to expand their Medicaid programs.
Hypoglycemic episodes were frequent among patients with both type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease and many of the episodes were prolonged and severe, according to a prospective, observational study in Kidney360. The findings also showed that such hypoglycemic events mostly happened from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m., and the factors tied to having higher hypoglycemic risk include older age, lower hemoglobin A1C and insulin treatment.
Women taking antidepressants were found to have a 34% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a median follow-up of 6.4 years, compared with those who didn't take antidepressants, according to a study published in Diabetic Medicine. Based on data from 63,999 women, the findings also cited selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, imipramine-type antidepressants, and 'other' or 'mixed' antidepressants as among the antidepressants particularly associated with an increased diabetes risk.
AstraZeneca made its debut at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference, launching the Shanghai AI Open Lab. The company is seeking partnerships and identified 10 areas where AI could play a role in health care, including tumor imaging, digestive disease diagnosis and chronic disease management.
The World Health Organization reported more than 230,000 new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period this weekend, a new high. Dr. Michael Ryan, head of the WHO emergencies program, says the global community will be unable to eradicate the virus under current conditions and advises world leaders to look to the battle against HIV/AIDS for guidance on containing the pandemic.
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