no free lunch here. Prevention will not pay for everything.
But it’s not as expensive as it looks at first
— Michael J. O’Grady,
a senior fellow at the National Opinion Research Center
at the University of Chicago, as reported in The
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Brain Knows What Music You Like
An MRI scan on writer and neurologist Oliver
Sacks finds that his brain exhibits musical preferences
even when he can't identify the music he's hearing,
in this excerpt from PBS'
Medical Errors May Cause 200K
With all the recent talk about healthcare reform,
News reports on a new study that shines a light
on an old problem.
Healthy Habits vs. Health Spending
vs. Life Expectancy
Here’s a comparison from The
New York Times that looks at healthy
habits and healthcare spending in relation to life span.
Preventive Care Offers Some
Cost Reduction, but Is It Enough?
Washington Post reports on new research
that measures the potential savings associated with
providing preventive services to chronically ill patients.
How much money will be saved depends on who you ask.
month’s E-News Exclusive points out that the medical
radioisotope shortage still affects medical imaging.
A half-dozen aging reactors that supply the world’s
medical isotope needs face scheduled or unscheduled
temporary shutdowns, stressing the world supply. The
long-term solution is creating a new domestic source
of radioisotopes, which is why the medical imaging industry
should stand behind the effort to create a new isotope
supply like the solution
being offered by the University of Missouri’s
Research Reactor. It’s not a short-term solution
because it won’t come online before 2011, but
a domestic supply deserves imaging’s support.
— Jim Knaub,
Medical Isotope Shortage Still
Poses Significant Challenges
A recent SNM survey provides anecdotal evidence that
the recent radiopharmaceutical supply shortage has affected
patient care. For example, 75% of physicians are rescheduling
patient tests by at least one day. In more than one
out of three of these cases, tests have been delayed
for longer than one month.
“In some cases, waiting even a day can severely
impact care, especially if the condition is progressing
rapidly,” says Michael M. Graham, MD, PhD, president
of SNM. “Getting information early on in the disease
progression is critical and is one of the real benefits
of molecular imaging.”
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