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6/20/2018

A Mayo Clinic survey of 4,956 women who received menopause consultations found that 41% of those older than 60 reported moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms, according to a study in Menopause. The study also found 21% were taking hormone therapy and were less likely to report vasomotor symptoms.

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6/20/2018

A study in the journal Heart found individuals who were single, divorced or widowed had a 42% higher risk of cardiovascular disease, compared with married people. The findings, based on 34 studies across the world involving more than 2 million participants ages 42 to 77, also showed people who were not married faced greater risks for coronary artery disease and CAD- or stroke-related mortality.

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Medical News Today
6/20/2018

The investigational drug quizartinib was found to extend survival in adults with relapsed acute myeloid leukemia and FLT3 internal tandem duplication compared with salvage chemotherapy in 367 patients, based on data from a Phase III study presented at the European Hematology Association's annual meeting. Median overall survival of those treated with quizartinib was 6.2 months versus 4.7 months for patients treated with standard salvage chemotherapy.

6/20/2018

The number of patients visiting community health care clinics increased by 33% from 2010 to 2016, according to a study from George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health. The biggest increases were in states where Medicaid was expanded.

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Healthcare Finance
6/20/2018

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission on Friday released its annual report urging Congress to implement key changes in the Medicaid drug rebate program in order to reduce medication spending for low-income people. MACPAC said Congress can improve the program by giving the HHS secretary the authority to impose financial sanctions on drugmakers that will fail to provide accurate drug classification data, as well as by removing a statutory requirement permitting pharmaceutical firms to use the prices of authorized generics and branded drugs in calculating the average manufacturer price.

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MACPAC, Medicaid, Congress, HHS
6/20/2018

Swedish researchers who used a PET and MRI combination method found that a breakthrough F-18 flutemetamol PET quantification approach involving the integration of a synthetic template with an image registration method spatially normalized all scans used in amyloid-beta imaging, removed the need for manual adjustments and showed "strong agreement" between PET and MRI standardized uptake value ratios. The approach, described in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, may improve interpretation certainty and increase the adoption of amyloid-beta imaging in clinical practice, researchers said.

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Health Imaging online
6/20/2018

Individuals ages 65 and older with mild Alzheimer's disease who underwent deep brain stimulation of the fornix had slower Alzheimer's progression, whether their devices were turned on immediately after surgery or after 12 months, compared with those younger than 65, according to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. The findings suggest that DBS may be used in treating mild, late-onset Alzheimer's, and the next phase of the study will focus on seeing whether the benefits continue, lead researcher Dr. Andres Lozano said.

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Alzheimer, DBS, Alzheimer's disease
6/20/2018

University of Washington researchers found that radiology departments can have up to $1 million in uncaptured revenue annually from patients not showing up for scheduled imaging exams. The findings in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology also showed the highest rate of patient no-shows was for mammography screenings, which had up to $350,000 annually in lost revenue.

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Health Imaging online
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University of Washington
6/20/2018

Hawaii has launched a pilot program called "Wiki Wiki Hire" to speed hiring of social workers in response to a significant shortage. The state's Child Welfare Services agency reports 46 vacancies in a problem stemming from massive budget cuts in 2008.

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KHON-TV (Honolulu)
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6/20/2018

A city survey has found an increase in New York City students who say they're bullied at school, raising questions about Mayor Bill de Blasio's non-punitive policy of dealing with offenders. The report also showed schools without social workers tend to have the worst problems.

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Chalkbeat
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