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 - Women's health sign

With all of the recent expansion of sentinel lymph node mapping for melanoma and breast cancers and now in all solid tumors, some experts are wondering about the value of this technique for ovarian cancer. A study published ahead of print Oct. 20 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine makes the case.

 - gavel money

Eli Lilly and Company, makers of amyloid PET agent Amyvid, announced yesterday evening that the judge in the case of Terrence Allen, et al. v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc., et al, has ruled to reduce punitive damages for defendants Takeda and Lilly from $6 billion and $3 billion, respectively, down to $27.6 million and $9.2 million.

 - Smoking Skeleton

A relatively new MR technique that vastly improves imaging resolution is able to find the minute lung pathology associated with smoking habits—even before respiratory symptoms become a drag, according to a study published ahead of print Oct. 13 in Radiology.

 - Medical Money

Sofie Biosciences, producers of PET imaging systems and agents, has been awarded a two-year $1.5 million phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the National Cancer Institute to further develop oncologic PET agents, the company recently announced.

 - Sad rainy day

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) appears to be brought on in the darker months of the year due to a drop in serotonin, which is mediated by the serotonin transporter protein (SERT), according to a longitudinal PET study presented Monday in Berlin during the Congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.