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Morning Read: RSNA 2015 has arrived (and here’s what to expect)

Also, Roche backs out of a superbug project, a look at text messaging in mental health, and a new Takeda-Teva partnership.


RSNA 2015 is in full swing and you can keep track via twitter at #RSNA15. Expect discussions on how radiology will integrate innovations like quantum computing coupled with discussions of better efficiency.

However, amidst the celebration of these innovations, there was also an acknowledgement of the challenges. Radiology is still consistently identified as one of the key drivers of increased costs, and new models threaten to isolate radiology and invoke the specter of commodification.



Roche is backing out of a $485 million superbug project it launched with Polyphor. Why? “A streamlined development path as originally planned is no longer an option for Roche,” according to its spokesman. – Reuters

Siemens Healthcare has won FDA approval for its Multitom Rax robootic X-ray system. – Business Wire

Takeda has struck a deal with Teva Pharmaceutical to sell generic drugs and certain off-patent medicines in Japan. – Bloomberg

Read a lot more details on China’s push to sell locally made generic drugs in an effort to cut costs. “Branded generics are something that exist today, but the need for them in 10 years time is not going to be there,” said Luke Miels, AstraZeneca’s global portfolio head. International drugmmakers are going to need patented unique treatments to thrive. – Reuters

PureTech has launched a scientific advisory board chaired by Nobel laureate H. Robert Horvitz and MIT professor David H. Koch. – Business Wire


Here’s a fascinating status check on the use of text messaging in mental health – and the stark points of view between doctors and patients.

For patients, losing text contact can be devastating. One 25-year-old from New York City, who requested anonymity, used to text her therapist almost every day to help deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression — and found some therapists couldn’t take the rhythm. “They get overwhelmed, and instead of decreasing the amount of texting, they’ll say, ‘No more texting at all, ever,’ ” she said. “And then you fall apart. Because you rely so much on therapists.”



It looks like Britain will go all-in on a sugar tax to fight childhood obesity. – BBC


Here’s a new suggestion to explain humanity’s rapid expansion across the planet: betrayal. New research from the University of York suggests that ” commitments to others became more essential to survival, and human groups ever more motivated to identify and punish those who cheat, the ‘dark’ side of human nature also developed. Moral disputes motivated by broken trust and a sense of betrayal became more frequent and motivated early humans to put distance between them and their rivals.” – PsyPost