MITA exec at odds with Obama on medical device tax; EU moves to exempt MRI from worker restrictions;

> Gail Rodriguez, executive director for the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance, disagrees with a comment by President Obama that the 2.3 percent medical device tax, scheduled to go into effect in January, will benefit medical device companies because it is part of health reform efforts that should bring them millions of new customers. According to Rodriguez, the tax "threatens jobs, investment in research and development, and patient access to innovative technologies." Article

> The European Union is moving toward exempting MRI from limits on how much time workers can spend near powerful electromagnetic fields. A draft report containing the exemption has been submitted to the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. The exemption now has to be adopted by parliament and by member states as well. Article

> Researchers in the U.K. are working on a new early dementia technique that they say could reduce the amount of time it takes for doctors to diagnose Alzheimer's disease from 18 months to three months. The technique involves the integration of cognitive testing with computerized examinations of MRI brain scans, using an algorithm created by two scientists from Imperial College in London. Announcement

And Finally... I knew Captain America didn't use a baseball bat. Article

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