Youths whose mothers exceeded the recommended weight gain during pregnancy had increased odds of developing cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as elevated fasting insulin readings, hypertension and high body mass index, compared with those whose mothers met the recommended gestational weight gain, researchers reported in Diabetologia. The findings also showed a higher likelihood of higher glucose readings and slightly increased blood pressure among those whose mothers had inadequate weight gain during pregnancy.
A Moody's Investors Service report warns the aging US population and increased health care spending will have adverse effects on the broader economy, straining government, business and household budgets. Health care spending in 2016 totaled 18% of the US gross domestic product, according to Moody's, almost double what other high-income countries spend based on their economies.
HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf says the challenge associated with providing health care for an aging US population will drive innovation. A major issue is the current need for 7 million more health care professionals to provide care, and the need to deliver care to increasing populations of sicker patients is what's driving investments in digital health.
Digital health investing -- at least in the US -- is in a bubble. That was the main takeaway from a panel at the annual Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, Calif., featuring speakers from Canaan Partners, GE Ventures and Sanofi Ventures, the VC arm of the big pharma company.
A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation that would permit states to use Medicaid funding to cover up to 90 consecutive days of care at addiction treatment facilities for patients with substance abuse disorders, doing away with a restriction on coverage at inpatient, residential facilities with 16 or more beds. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, one of the bill's sponsors, said they will push for its inclusion in the final House-Senate opioid package.
Survey responses from 8,774 US physicians showed 47% of their compensation was tied to quality or value, even though only 18% felt the payments would improve care or reduce costs. The survey, conducted by Merritt Hawkins, found 78% of physicians had experienced burnout and 79% said patient relationships were the biggest source of job satisfaction.
Clovis Oncology along with CEO Patrick Mahaffy and former Chief Financial Officer Erle Mast agreed to pay more than $20 million to settle allegations that they overstated the efficacy of cancer drug Roci, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
A Swedish study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that the PET tracer F-18 flortaucipir yielded 89.9% sensitivity and 90.6% specificity in differentiating individuals with Alzheimer's dementia from those with other neurodegenerative disorders. Researchers also found that all five F-18 flortaucipir regions of interest had higher areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves than the three volumetric MRI measures.
Researchers examined 20 patients with stable coronary artery disease and found that delaying NaF-PET scans by three hours after tracer injection prompted a 92% increase in corrected maximum standardized uptake values and 80% higher target-to-background ratios in coronary plaques on average, resulting in the identification of seven additional coronary lesions, compared with the standard one-hour delay. The findings were published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
The World Molecular Imaging Congress named MILabs' VECTor6 imaging system with Broadband Photon Tomography technique, which boosts F-18 PET resolution to 0.55 mm and removes positron range effects for rubidium-82 and iodine-124, the recipient of its Commercial Innovation of the Year award. The system also enables simultaneous imaging of multiple PET isotopes and acquisition of temporal and spatial PET/radiotherapy and PET/SPECT images.