Physicians' group issues guidelines for lung cancer screening; Imaging could help determine an alcoholic's risk of relapse;

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> The American College of Chest Physicians has issued new guidelines recommending that doctors offer annual low-dose CT scans for people at significant risk of developing lung cancer. This means, according to the guidelines, current smokers ages 55 to 74 with more than 30 pack-years of smoking, or former smokers with that profile who have quit within the last 15 years, should be scanned yearly. Article

> Imaging of the areas in the brain that control emotions and desires could be used as a diagnostic test in the future to determine whether an alcoholic is at risk of relapsing. According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, alcoholics with abnormal activity in those parts of the brain are eight times more likely to relapse than alcoholics with more normal patterns. Study

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> The global healthcare IT market is estimated to reach $56.7 billion by 2017--up from $40.4 billion in 2012--due to the demand for clinical information technology, administrative solutions and services, according to a new analysis by MarketsandMarkets. Article

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> In the first six months of fiscal 2013, Medicare recovery auditors (RAC) collected $1.37 billion in overpayments and returned $65.4 million in underpayments, according to new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Article

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